Child s Play was published in 1986 and manages to be both an appealing police procedural with a hefty nod to the whys as well as the who in the course of the investigationMrs Gwendoline Huby has died and when her will is read by
The Local Solicitor Ilocal solicitor I miss these formal will readings in modern fiction it turns out that those who were expecting the proceeds are to be sorely disappointed First in line to the funds is her son Alexander Huby presumed dead in Italy courtesy of WWII Gwendoline Huby never believed this was the case and has steadfastly expected
her son to return home during the intervening forty year period going asson to return home during the intervening forty year period going as as to advertise in newspapers and pay private investigators to find him She s not nrealistic though so if Alexander hasn t returned by the year 2015 on his ninetieth birthday shocking to think that was some 30 years hence then the proceeds of the will are to be divided between three charities one third for animal rights one third for a services benevolent fund and the remaining third for a fascist woman s movementNow as coincidence would have it on the day of the funeral a man turns He s about the right age has a light but relatively accurate back story and an Italian suit and he cries out Mama Is he Alexander Huby returned to Yorkshire just too late or could this be an imposter Meanwhile given that charity begins at home the three charities aren t too keen on waiting so long for the promised inheritance either and determine to act to get the rest of the family on side and the money paid out to themThe book is deemed a tragi comedy in three acts by the author himself and I really can t disagree What I do love about the entire series is although there is the very important matter of murder at the heart of each novel and sometimes the characters have an The Winds of Winter urge to take themselves far too seriously there is always a thread of humour to stop proceedings from becoming too grimAnother feature is that often one or other of Dalziel or Pascoe take the leading role but in this delightful story we really learn about Wield thegly policeman who is often given the supporting role on the fringes of the action In this book very fitting for the times he is contacted by a former lover The issue being is that Wield is gay something the self professed sensitive guy Pascoe has never realised and there is pressure from above when it appears the local paper is proposing an expose of homosexual policemen Dalziel not Comece por você uite being thencouth brute he presents himself as really gets to show s the other side because he always knew This given the year of publication was possibly a timely if challenging read for crime fic. Geraldine Lomas's son went missing in Italy during World War Two but the eccentric old lady never accepted his death Now she is dead leaving the Lomas beer fortune to be divided between an animal rights organization a fascist front and a service. Tion lovers it is often only retrospectively that you realise how much attitudes have changedYou ll notice I haven T Said Too Much About said too much about plot there is no need it is multi stranded and superbly executed ably supported by a brilliant cast of characters from the provincial solicitor to the young blackmailer from the sleazy journalist to the hard nosed publican all there to be laughed with and on occasion at as hopes are dashed and fears are sometimes nrealised Very complex plot which not only keeps the reader guessing but adds on twist after
twist right to the end One of Hill s best Dalziel and Pascoeright to the end One of Hill s best Dalziel and Pascoe full of wit and humour and some of his curious characters Reginald Hill was a prolific and long lived writer The first book he published was in 1970 The last was in 2009 That s a lot of books Other than one or two I don t think there was a book of his that I didn t like This one published in 1987 is probably one of his most devious and complicated The book opens with the funeral of an elderly and very disagreeable woman who held sway over her extended family because of her wealth and the hope that she would remember them in her will Unfortunately aside from a few very minor beuests her will is a disappointment She leaves her estate to her son who disappeared while on a commando mission in Italy in 1944 The will stipulates that if her son can not be found by 2015 the money be split among several charities one of which is a right wing organization devoted to returning white people to their rightful place as benevolent masters of the darker races Meanwhile Sgt Wield finds himself being forced out of the closet and he s not sure if that s what he wants Lord Conrads Lady (Conrad Stargard, until he realizes that is EXACTLY what he wants This is one of the better books with an especially amusing and very gratifying ending I won t spoil it for you This was a good one if not very memorable But an enjoyable read Loose ends all tiedp in the end authentic nineteen eighties feel I never know if I want to continue with this series A colleague gave me all 20 odd volumes but after 9 of them I still don t feel the connection I have to my
Other Crime Solver Friends Like Rankin S Rebus Or Vivecacrime solver friends like Rankin s Rebus or Viveca s Thomas Andreasson or most of all Precious Ramotswe of Botswana Perhaps one Hill could really write and this series is fun Effective humor keeps the plot going and Dalziel is as always memorable There are ite a lot of characters and it was not always easy to remember who was who Lexie Huby I assume she appears in this book only is also one of a kindI did get a bit annoyed with excessive plot twists in the end This book actually ends several times with a fast ser. S benevolent fund As disgruntled relatives gather by the gravside the funeral is interrupted by a middle aged man in an Italian suit who falls to his knees crying 'Mama' Andy Dalziel is preoccupied with the illegal book one of his sergents is ru. Ies of nexpected explanations and revelations in the last few
Pages Hill Ties Up Just About Every Little Plot DetailHill ties Everyday Life in Early Soviet Russia up just about every little plot detail a neat package at the end which seemed to me to depend on just too many coincidences Oh Fat Andy sometimes I think you re my hero At the very least you have to respect that this detective superintendent can be both an asshole and a good man Hill is a brilliant long game plotter Along with fleshing hah out Dalziel s larger than life character he lets Pascoe wallow in self doubt and drop the ball on the cases in this book bringing real life to an ambitious but not so young any detective And every penny Hill invests in Sgt Wield is worth 100 fold in overallality of these novels Plus there s a fabulously conniving family after a dead woman s fortune How refreshing A straight The Affair of the Blue Pig up police procedural No mafia no spies no women choppedp no long passages where we get to hear the serial killer s thoughts It s almost aint I m not a fan of anything too cozy mysteries solved by caterers give me hives but I weary of the overly modern novel which has to prove itself by the most gratuitous means possible Reginald Hill s later novels are certainly guilty of literary lily gilding One Hill book features long passages "from Ellie Pascoe s writings and than once he s given the serial killer pages to get everything off his "Ellie Pascoe s writings and than once he s given the serial killer pages to get everything off his but this is an early book Money and murder Simple can still be ite interesting For a good comfort mystery read you can t beat Reginald Hill Child s Play is one of my favorites Wield comes out of the closet crazy inheritance schemes are afoot Dalziel is his charming Fat Man self This is not a review just a funny thought This book gave me one of those odd coincidences that folks who read a LOT get sometimes The ones where an interesting and nfamiliar word occurs in three different books in one week I had that
Happen With Susurration Iwith susurration I I also found the phrase 1066 Country in successive books one of which was not even about England This time it was the Phillip Larkin poem This Be The Verse that starts They fck you p your mum and dad It was referenced both in this book and in the last book I read Jennifer Weiner s Good In Bed I d never come across the poem before and here it is in two books that couldn t be any different and the one right after the other I got my wish of Sgt Wield No spoilers just that I was On Good And Bad uite happy with how it played outWieldy aside the plot of this one wasnexpected and could have easily plunged over into the campy convoluted mess that some mysteries err into But grounded as these books are in Dalziel and Pascoe s decidedly not camp natures that didn t happen. Nning on who is to be appointed as the new chief Constable But when a dead Italian turns Dexter Sinister up in the police car park Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior are plunged into an investigation that makes internal police politics look like child's play.