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on 16 January 2016
This is a great book though with a lot of characters to keep track of. I watched the television series, and was surprised how closely the books and the series were. For classic detective novels you can't get better than Reginald Hill, but for more cosy detectives with a bit of fun i like Mike Faricy's Dan Haskell series and of course Sue Grafton. Another funny and individual writer is John Tallon Jones with the Penny Detective books, which are also written in my favorite first person and set near Liverpool.
Midnight Fugue follows the BBC series very closely, but even if you have already watched it, you will still enjoy the read.
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VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 29 November 2010
This is an entertaining, tangled story of ambition, love and secrets. Gina Wolfe is trying to uncover a secret - what happened to her husband seven years ago, when he disappeared. Is he alive? Goldie Gidman, donor to the Tory party and father of a high-flying would be future Party leader, wants to bury his secrets (and he's not too concerned who else he buries in the rpocess). What is the link between them? There's a senior police officer with secrets, too, and Gidman's son's researcher, charged with protecting his reputation. Just how far is she prepared to go? And a brother and sister pair of thugs, Gidman's heavies, who have come up to Yorkshire to do the burying. It all adds up to a compelling story, where nobody turns out to be quite who you think they are, and the surprises just keep coming and coming.

The last couple of Dalziel and Pascoe stories have played interesting games with the relationship between the central characters. Severely injured in The Death of Dalziel: A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel - though rumours of that event were exagerrated - Andy Dalziel was, officially, out of things in A Cure for All Diseases and we saw Pascoe come to the fore. Now, Dalziel has returned to work, but there are doubts about his capability - doubts that even he seems to share. And he doesn't get off to an auspicious start, ending up, by accident, at morning service in the local Cathedral.

The story develops the threads in Pascoe and Dalziel's relationship which ran through the last two books, raising questions about their future which I hope won't be answered too soon, while providing a fast paced adventure. After his experiment with email narration in "Cure" Hill returns to a more conventional structure, albeit one that is meticulously paced and timed to take place across a single day (actually less, it begins at 8.20am and closes at midnight) with each chapter occupying a defined timeslot. I was surprised by how effective this strucure is - it's suited to a fast paced story like this, possibly less to a "normal" Dalziel and Pascoe (if there is such a thing?)

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on 27 May 2015
I have not read any of the others of these books or seen the TV series.

I was not drawn into this book at all. I never felt any interest whatsoever in the plot and after finishing the book I can't remember the first thing about it.The detective Dalziel is not at all an attractive or even interesting character, being unpleasantly greedy, fat, possibly alcoholic and rather lecherous. At one stage he drinks three bottles of wine and passes out on a woman's bed.

I think this writer is scraping the bottom of this particular barrel.
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on 19 January 2014
and I have loved all of the Dalziel and Pascoe series. The plots are big and various, the characters are wll known after a while and Hill keeps them from being either boring. because of course people are always themselves and so how can a big, fat, bad-mouthed policeman be anything other than himself, or repetitive, because Hill invariably has a setting that interests. One of those writers whose passing is mourned as a great loss.
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on 14 September 2013
I am a big fan of Reginald Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe. Always interesting, subtle and not so subtle humour and in this book very little evidence of Ellie Pascoe. Never really liked her in all the previous novels. Added to the enjoyment for me. Although I have to say that my real favourites are "The Woods Beyond" and "On Beulah Heights". Pure class.
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on 3 March 2013
A good story like all of Reginal Hill books. Although it's another fast paced and funny Dalziel & Pascoe story, this one is more a "Fat Andy" solo effort with Pasco more of an attachment to the investigation. But in his bluff way Andy solves both crimes from the past and present upsetting loads of people on the way. A very satisfying read.
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on 8 February 2015
Not particularly well written and difficult to get in to. The characters are shallow and frankly unappealing. Their language doesn't feel "true", it feels a bit stereotyped according to the role of the character. After the woodcutter (my 1st experience of Reginald Hill) this was a total contrast in style. Not sure I'll be reading any more.
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on 9 September 2017
I have read this before and at some point I will read it again, along with others of Dalziel and Pascoe. I just love Reginald Hill he has a fantastic turn of phrase.
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on 18 August 2015
The plot was OK but I didn't think the prose was up to Reginal Hill's standard - not like The Woodcutter. Also in the Kindle version there were lots of mistakes.
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on 27 February 2018
A good read
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