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Death of a Dormouse
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30 of 37 people found the following review helpful
on 15 January 2001
What a treat! Maybe some people might the plot was easy to spot. But to be sure: I couldn't put it down for the life of me. Specially on a cold and wintry evening, Trudi's adventure makes you feel all warm inside. Everything's not lost for everyone, there's hope for us mice. Somehow, someday, we also can show ourselves from quite an unexpected side. Maybe this book doesn't contain the most profound display of character, but to me, a good story, with a main character you can relate to, does it every time.
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on 24 August 2014
Rather to my surprise I enjoyed this old Reginald Hill.

Trudi (the retiring dormouse), having mainly lived abroad with her husband, moves to Sheffield and he is killed in a car crash. It then transpires that he seems to have left little money and was a bit of a mystery man.

She meets up with an old friend and start looking into things. People appear (her husband's boss and secretary), she gets a job. They discover a lot of money in a hidden account, and a body in a cottage that her husband owned. Both immediately disappear.
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Characters keep cropping up: are they genuine? Can they be trusted?

Drugs, organised crime and Vienna the end of the war are all elements.

It is all a bit old-fashioned but enjoyable (it reminded me of those Francis Durbridge things that used to be on TV).
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on 30 April 2014
I passed this on to someone else and they loved it. Personally I found it a bit too simply written, predictable and 2 dimensional for my tastes, just a preference thing though, the person I passed it on to is now a lifelong fan of Mr Hill. Found the main character a bit unlikely and some of the shenanigans a bit farcical and unrealistic.
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on 10 December 2012
I always enjoy books written by Reginald Hill and this one is no exception.
They draw you in and they get more tense as the story goes along.
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on 13 February 2013
excellent book and in good condition/ an early offering from Reginald Hill very readable and a good plot hard to put down
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on 19 May 2013
Bought this for my husband - he couldn't put it down it was so good - i'm next in line to read it!
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on 18 August 2014
Another must read from Reg Hill, lots of twists and turns to render it impossible to put down.
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on 17 April 2015
Rather an adventure story, must be one of his first tries!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 1 November 2011
Un-put-down-able. Reginald Hill knows how to keep you on the edge of your seat! If you love his Dalziel and Pascoe novels you will love this. This is a thriller of the highest order. Couldn't wait to get to the end, but wished for more.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 10 June 2013
very cleverly thought out, some characters surprising. At times it was quite disturbing but gripping and the end was satisfying
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