- Paperback: 368 pages
- Publisher: Harper (29 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 000733477X
- ISBN-13: 978-0007334773
- Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.5 x 19.7 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,423 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Death of a Dormouse Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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When policemen remove their hats, they do not bring good news. The bare-headed policeman on Trudi Adamson’s doorstep brought the worst news possible – her husband Trent has been burned to death in a freak car accident.
Suddenly a widow after years of marriage, Trudi finds herself alone, unprovided for and increasingly aware of her ignorance of her late husband’s world. Why had he resigned from his job without telling her? Where was all his money? And more terrifying still: is he really dead? As shock piles on shock, Trudi is forced to re-examine her belief in Trent, and ultimately in herself. Compelled to leave the cosy nest of her old life, she is out in the open and fighting for her very survival…
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“Few writers in the genre today have Hill’s gifts: a formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace”
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“Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction”
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“Hill is first and foremost an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with aspontaneous storytelling gift”
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“The real genius of Hill is his ability to weave several plots into a single brilliant pattern … Reginald Hill’s novels are really dances to the music of time”
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Top Customer Reviews
The book is a bit dated but expertly plotted, and you would expect nothing less from Reginald Hill. It was a reasonably quick read but certainly not a predictable one. It is by no means my favourite of his books but I did enjoy it.
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Mr Hill really shows he has talent, experience, his research is excellent and writing smooth, yet keep scratching on the brain to keep us awake and reading.Published 6 months ago by Alpay Raduch
An excellent read from a great author. I enjoyed the developing character as the book proceeded. I would happily read more like this.Published 7 months ago by woodpecker
Rather an adventure story, must be one of his first tries!Published 20 months ago by birgitta dannfelt