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This is a compilation of four short stories spanning - in real time - all is explained in the book- the history of Dalziel and Pascoe. It is witty, clever, tightly plotted and reveals parts of Andy Dalziels life only previously hinted at! It is throughly readable but not if this your first venture into D&P territory. It has more humour in it than the usual D&P. Written for regular readers it contains "in jokes" and references. Ultimatly it fills in the background, fleshes out the characters and is wholly enjoyable
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on 24 August 2001
In these stories, Dalziel's wonderful Yorshire vulgarity is so hilarious that it turns the book into a classic of its kind, yet overall each story remains a thriller.
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on 28 July 2014
This is a collection of short stories about Dalziel and Pascoe . As such it will appeal to fans but the casual reader might miss a lot.

The first (very short) is a prequel where the pair first meet. There is mutual antagonism which develops into a sort of respect as they are thrown together in a hostage situation.

The next is almost a parody of an Agatha Christie story where the suspects are summoned one by one to the library of a country house to be interviewed.

The third involves Dalziel and Pasco spending the night together waiting for the appearance of a ghost. Neither believes in the supernatural but Dalziel has ulterior motives.

The last is definitely set in the future. Pascoe is a senior European bureaucrat, Dalziel is retired. They are sent to the moon to investigate the suspicious death of an astronaut.

So, a diverse collection of stories. Well worth the read
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on 13 January 2016
Not up to Hill's usual witty and exciting writing. Poor Storyline
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on 9 January 2016
Not everybody's taste - more a collection of short stories
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on 24 March 2016
prefer whole stories
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on 16 May 2016
always good
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on 23 January 2016
Very Good
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on 4 January 2016
Good tale
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on 6 January 2010
Have bought the entire Dalziel and Pascoe series for husband who enjoys the stories and characters.
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