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Tired and a bit thin
on 10 June 2009
I have to say I didn't enjoy this book very much. I really am beginning to wonder whether the 'resurrection' of Dalziel was such a good idea. Yes, he's here, as larger-than-life as ever, and there are some great moments - I love Ellie's reaction at the garden party when she realizes he's there and the reaction of the old lady outside the cathedral!!
But are we witnessing a change? Yes, Dalziel is still at pains to re-establish his control but has time moved on? There are signs here that Pascoe [if not Wield] isn't as prepared to be subservient any more. We shall see. I felt the plot was thin and certainly seemed to lack any Yorkshire feel to it. Some of the characters were equally disappointing. I could not, for some reason, take any of the villains seriously. Did he have to call the rich, bad guy 'The Man'? And as for his two enforcers - what a joke! Dick Dastard and Muttley! And why, all of a sudden, are there so many Welsh characters? Has he been on his holidays? And does he really think any Welsh people are called Glendower, Blodwen or Myfanwy? But then he'd accuse me of being too sensitive to what he calls 'an Anglo-Saxon attitude' I suppose. And anyway, his attempt at the old Dylan Thomas joke falls flat because of a superfluous 'w' [or is that yet another example of ignorant editing, something that seems to be on a general increase]. Yes, it made me laugh in places but it's far from vintage. You'll either love or hate the ending, even perhaps have seen it coming for some time. And I'm afraid my ignorance of Bach is as bad as Dalziel's so the book's title is wasted on me.