I for one love English mysteries and English Detectives in particular. A friend recommended this series to me. Set in Yorkshire, 'Dalziel and Pascoe gives us the usual mismatched partners.
Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and pronounced 'Dee-AL', played by Warren Clarke, is a domineering working man presence. In fact he is so belligerent and arrogant that he can be off-putting and unlikeable. He loves to make off color remarks to those he speaks to, just to catch them off guard. He is paired with Peter Pascoe, played by Colin Buchanan. Pascoe is just the right mix of the college educated, polite and charming,English man, with that funny little smile in the corners of his mouth. Pascoe is right for Andy- smart but needs a lot of mentoring and willing to work as much as necessary. They work off each other so well. A likeable pair, Andy does all the talking and Peter does most of the work.
The three murder mysteries in this set are just OK. The first, 'A Clubbable Woman,' is set in the halls of the Wetherton Rugby Club. It is an interesting mystery, but one that easily solved. 'An Advancement in Learning' has the pair investigating a murder at the small university where Peter's girlfriend. Ellie teaches. There are stuffy professors and whipper snapped students. You can imagine how Dalziel reacts with both. The third mystery, 'An Autumn Shroud' is the least believable, but its story, with Dalziel stranded in a country home where a murder takes place, is the entertaining. What I really enjoy about these older series is finding guest stars I know from other series or shows.
This series grows on you. Dalziel can be so out of touch at times that he seems remote, but he is so funny and so outrageous that he is lovable. Pascoe is the kid brother that you want to do well, and I found myself cheering him on.
Recommended. prisrob 06-24-13
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