On Beulah Height (A Dalziel & Pascoe Novel) Paperback – 3 Mar 2003
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‘On Beulah Height must rank as his best yet… Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time’
Ian Rankin, Scotland on Sunday
‘Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace’
Donna Leon, Sunday Times
Praise for Reginald Hill:
'You'll be hard pushed to find another crime writer with his verve … Hill uses every trick in his arsenal to elucidate. The result is an epic, unbeatable mystery' Financial Times
'Reginald Hill's books are as good as crime fiction gets' Literary Review
'Hill's plotting is brilliant, the jokes first-rate, the prose supple: it's his humble awe at the English language that enables him to be a minor master of it' Daily Telegraph
From the Back Cover
"'On Beulah Height' must rank as his best yet…Reginald Hill's novels are really dances to the music of time, his heroes and villains interconnecting, their stories entwining"
They moved everyone out of Dendale that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too.
But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move, for no one knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot.
This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it. It's another long hot summer. A child goes missing in the next valley, and old fears resurface as someone sprays the deadly message on the walls of Danby:
"All Reginald Hill's novels are brilliantly written, but he has excelled himself here"
"A long, richly complex, often lyrical and genuinely haunting crime novel"
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Top Customer Reviews
This was certainly a gripping and absorbing read. Set in a partly real, partly invented area of the North Yorks Moors, it encompasses some real history that happened to real places - villages drowned to create a huge dam for urban conurbations and their water needs. Although Hill transposes these events into his enhanced locations, I have visited the area, its wildness, its beauty and its isolation and indeed read some of the history of the drowning of similar villages, and the breaking up of community.
Within this community Hill creates a police procedural around disappeared children, spanning a fifteen year period. However, the complex story is about much more than solving a crime (though that does happen)
I have never seen the TV series, and came to the relationships between the characters, the various people in the hierarchy of the police team, and the central characters of Dalziel and Pascoe themselves, completely fresh. There's a lot of the dark side of human nature (inevitably, given the subject matter) and so the sly injections of the intentional or unintentional wit, sarcasm or irony of the major players, is welcome, as is the evidence of Hill's wry, almost throwaway line in humour:
"The sun was laying its golden blade right down the centre of the street so there was no shade to be found.Read more ›
The quality of writing is very high and the characters all particularly well-drawn. I felt that the TV adaptation had a lighter touch yet the air of brooding that hangs over the story creates a menacing scenario where Hill skilfully places the reader right in the centre of the community , creating pictures in your head every bit as vivid as on screen. Dalziel and Pascoe are not the key characters in this novel with their colleagues Wield and Novello being no less significant or equally well described. Centred around the disappearance of three little girls fifteen years ago, the case picks up fifteen years later with a new disappearance. I think the cast of suspects are excellent and there are numerous twists and turns in the book, some of which can be deduced but others are quite revelatory. The landscape is also as much a character as any of the individuals and the savage beauty described is almost akin to Dartmoor in "Hound of the Bakservilles" although events take place during a heat-wave.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A classic Dalziel and Pascoe. Brooding, well plotted and complex.Published 3 months ago by Ruby Two Shoes
No stars actually. I couldn't download it even though it was a kindle book. So paid for nothing. Thanks Amazon!Published 3 months ago by mrs. m. j. lochhead
This is a very good book, easy to read and an absorbing storyline. recommended to me by a friend. the book was delivered on time and in excellent condition. Read morePublished 11 months ago by J. A. Wood
As usual, full of fun and feelings. It's really sad that Reginald Hill is gone and there will be no more new books. Read morePublished 23 months ago by ohsu
On Beulah Height is, quite simply, a masterclass in crime writing. In fact, let us not pigeonhole it: Reginald Hill's deeply thought-provoking tale of abducted girls, a drowned... Read morePublished on 31 Dec. 2013 by Matt Nixson
after buying an edition of the big issue I took notice of the article written about the five (or 6) books you should read before you die
they are brilliant... Read more
This is a book that bears rereading, again and again. The author is so clever in the way that he weaves lots of plot threads together that you see new patterns each time. Read morePublished on 4 Sept. 2013 by Anne