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An Advancement of Learning (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 2)
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VINE VOICEon 19 May 2014
I'm sure that, if it weren't for the TV series of Dalziel and Pascoe, I would not have been listening to this abridged version of a crime story that was originally published in 1971.
This audio version was narrated by Warren Clarke, which was great for the voice of Dalziel, but confusing when Pascoe spoke.

I've only ever read one other Daliziel and Pascoe story, which was set in a beer swilling rugby club, where Dalziel felt at home. This time Pascoe and I were both more comfortable on a university campus, where the ex-principal's remains are found under a statue that is to be removed in the wake of modernisation. Members of staff and students are all suspects when not one, but two further murders occur.

I thought I was going to rate this higher, but the denouement was disappointing and the murderer(s) seemingly selected at random from the choices available. Possibly this lost something by being abridged, no doubt some clues had been omitted, but there seemed little evidence to allow Dalziel and Pascoe to arrive at their conclusion.

I would listen to another abridgment from this series, if one came my way, but I doubt I would be inclined to read a full length book. They are now very dated in comparison to crime novels currently available.
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on 1 May 2017
Really enjoyed the book even though I have read it before. His writing always keeps me gripped. Will buy all of them .
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on 4 January 2015
When a statue is moved and the body of a woman who was supposed to have died in Austria five years before appears Dalziel and Pascoe are called to the scene. I’ve always liked books set in college or similarly cloistered settings and this one has the usual array of oddball academics. Quite excellent if you enjoy that sort of thing (which I do).
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on 17 April 2012
Hill as an author is a recent find. He is very much an English writer. He has found a good cop pairing and the wit and banter is amusing. The plot is a tadge bizarre and the characters are not always plausible. It's a gentle entertaining read to a three star level and good enough to carry on with other books in the series.
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on 6 May 2016
Good reading. Good, basic plotline - nothing fancy or convoluted. One of the few series which was treated with respect and characters and casting ran true to the original script. Enjoyed it.
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on 4 May 2017
Very enjoyable read.
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on 12 July 2016
Reginald Hill is an erudite and entertaining writer.
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on 8 June 2015
Not one of Reginald Hill's better novels. The plot rather contrived and over complex. Probably written before he got into his stride Dalziel and Oasco novels.
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on 30 July 2016
item as described and arrived on time
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on 18 August 2013
Abridge version, Typical Dalzeil story, a straight forward detective story with the usual twists to keep you interested throughout the story.
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