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Reginald Hill - Author

About the Author

Reginald Hill was born in 1936 in Hartlepool in the North-East of England. At the time his father was a professional footballer playing for Hartlepool United, but Reg says he never took to the round ball game, much preferring rugby which actively encouraged the drinking of beer both before and after (and sometimes during) the game.

When he was three his family moved to Cumbria, where Reginald spent his entire childhood before going off to Oxford University and eventually becoming a teacher.

A teller of tales from his earliest years, Reg had his creative epiphany aged seven when he discovered people actually got paid for making things up. From that day on he was always certain that one day he would become a writer. He spent many years as a teacher in Yorkshire which provided the inspiration and setting for the novels featuring the Falstaffian figure of Andy Dalziel, Head of Mid Yorkshire CID. In 1970 his first book, A Clubbable Woman, was published by Collins and featured Dalziel and his more sensitive sidekick, Peter Pascoe. Hill was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope' and, thirty years on, he has more than fulfilled that prophecy. The series of 20 books (and counting) featuring the ever-popular pair has have gone from strength to strength and been turned into a hugely successful BBC television series featuring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan.

Reginald Hill has written over forty books in many genres, from historical novels to science fiction. His crime writing includes the series featuring the likeable redundant lathe operator turned PI from Luton, Joe Sixsmith (Singing the Sadness, Killing the Lawyers, Blood Sympathy and Born Guilty) and several thrillers under the pseudonym, Patrick Ruell (The Only Game, Death of a Dormouse etc.)

Hill has won many awards for his books and short stories. One of the most notable was the Crime Writers' Association's prestigious Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year for Bones and Silence. In 1995 he was further honoured by the Crime Writers' Association with their Cartier Diamond Dagger for his lifetime contribution to crime writing.
 

Reginald Hill currently resides in Cumbria with his wife Pat (whom he has known for over 50 years and been married to for over 40), along with their two Siamese cats and Golden Labrador. On winning the Diamond Dagger, Hill said he was delighted because it finally confirmed he had made the right career choice and now he could really get down to it. In his late sixties he still works hard but never forgets to leave time for smelling the flowers along the way. His pastimes include walking the Cumbrian hills, watching rugby, and drinking delicious Australian and New Zealand wine. Reginald Hill died in January 2012.

 

Author photograph © Tony Davis

Featured books by Reginald Hill

Other books by Reginald Hill

Die letzte Stunde naht

Die letzte Stunde naht

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 25/01/2017

Best of British Crime: der letzte Fall fur das unvergleichliche Ermittler-Duo Dalziel und PascoeNach seiner Rckkehr aus der Kur kehrt DCI Andy Dalziel an seine alte Wirkungssttte, das Mid-Yorkshire Police Department, zurck. Allerdings ist er offenbar noch nicht wieder ganz auf dem Damm: Auf dem Weg zur Arbeit mehren sich die Anzeichen, dass der vermeintliche Montag in Wirklichkeit ein Sonntag ist! Schockiert flchtet Dalziel zu innerer Einkehr und Sammlung in die Kathedrale von York, wo er von einer Frau angesprochen wird - Gina Wolfe. Sie ist Dalziel von seiner Haustr bis hierher gefolgt, ohne zu bemerken, dass wiederum sie von zwei zwielichtigen Typen verfolgt wird, die ihr nach dem Leben trachten. Und damit beginnt eine sonntgliche Tour de force, an deren Ende nicht nur ein Toter und eine schwer verletzte Polizistin stehen, sondern auch ein in seiner alten majesttischen Pracht wiederhergestellter Dalziel, fr den sich die Verkettung der Ereignisse als wahrer Jungbrunnen erweist. "e;Eine der besten Polizei-Serien berhaupt."e; Die Welt

Der Tod heilt alle Wunden

Der Tod heilt alle Wunden

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 28/01/2014

Nachdem er einen Bombenanschlag gerade noch einmal uberlebt hat, weilt DCI Andy Dalziel in dem Seebad Sandytown. In dem kleinen, aber feinen Kurort soll ein groes Wellness- und Gesundheitszentrum entstehen, was vor allem von der auerst geschaftstuchtigen Lady Daphne, einer vermogenden Witwe, vorangetrieben wird. Vielleicht ist es deshalb kein Zufall, dass sie beim Gemeindefest ermordet aufgefunden wird - auf dem Spanferkelspie. Naturlich juckt es Dalziel gleich wieder in den Fingern, und er nimmt die Ermittlungen auf.

Deadheads

Deadheads

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2012

'Humour and topicality along a cold enigmatic trail of murder' ObserverLife is on the up for Patrick Aldermann: his Great Aunt Florence has collapsed into her rose bed leaving him Rosemont House with its splendid gardens. But when his boss, 'Dandy' Dick Elgood, suggests to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann is a murderer - then later retracts the accusation - the detective inspector is left with a thorny problem. Not only have the police already dug up some interesting information about Aldermann's beautiful wife; it also appears that his rapid promotion has been helped by the convenient deaths of some of his colleagues...

Ruling Passion

Ruling Passion

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 19/09/2012

Pascoe finds his loyalties torn when duty calls him to Yorkshire but one of his friends is accused of multiple murder and may need his help... Read by the star of the BBC TV series Colin Buchanan. Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation, but Superintendent Dalziel needs him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries looks like turning nasty. As events unfold, though, the two cases seem to be getting entwined...

Der Schrei des Eisvogels

Der Schrei des Eisvogels

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2012

Ein junger Dorfpolizist wird vermisst. Auf der Suche nach ihm begeben sich Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe und sein Vorgesetzter Andy Dalziel in ein vertraumtes Dorfchen in Yorkshire. Hier scheint jeder seinen Platz zu haben in der naturgegebenen Ordnung der Dinge. Doch die Idylle trugt. Es gibt sorgsam gehutete Geheimnisse, es gibt Feindschaften, Intrigen und verbotene Liebschaften. Nur in ihrem Hass auf den uberkorrekten Constable Bendish, der nie eine Gelegenheit ausgelassen hat, seine Mitburger zu drangsalieren, sind sich alle einig. Doch geht die Ablehnung so weit, dass man ein Verbrechen befurchten muss?

Der Wald des Vergessens

Der Wald des Vergessens

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 02/04/2012

Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel vom CID Mid-Yorkshire ermittelt mit seinem tiefsinnigen Partner Peter Pascoe diesmal gleich an zwei Fronten: Militante Tierschutzer finden ein menschliches Skelett im Sperrgurtel um das Hochsicherheitslabor eines Pharmakonzerns. Gleichzeitig beginnt Pascoe sich immer mehr fur den mysteriosen Tod seines Grovaters wahrend des Ersten Weltkriegs zu interessieren. Zunachst scheinen die beiden Falle nichts miteinander zu tun zu haben ...

Das Haus an der Klippe

Das Haus an der Klippe

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Ellie, die Frau eines Polizisten, entgeht nur um Haaresbreite einer Entfuhrung. Zunachst herrscht Unklarheit uber das Motiv, doch schon bald entdeckt Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe, dass der Anschlag in Wirklichkeit wohl seiner eigenen Frau galt. Als er zusammen mit Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel versucht, die Hintergrunde zu entwirren, stoen die beiden in ein Wespennest aus politischen Intrigen, Kokainschmuggel und Waffenhandel. "e;Ein meisterhaft konstruierter Fall vom besten Krimiautor in der englischsprachigen Welt."e; - The Independent

Die ratselhaften Worte

Die ratselhaften Worte

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Am Anfang war das Wort. Und das Wort war Mord. Ein Mann ertrinkt, ein anderer verungluckt mit dem Motorrad. Zwei Unfalle, wie es scheint. Doch in zwei Geschichten, die fur einen Literaturwettbewerb eingesandt werden, ist alles detailliert beschrieben. Nach dem dritten Todesfall dammert es dem Kommissarduo Andy Dalziel und Peter Pascoe, dass es sich um einen manischen Serienkiller handeln muss, der offenbar auf Wortspiele und Shakespeare-Zitate fixiert ist.

Das Dorf der verschwundenen Kinder

Das Dorf der verschwundenen Kinder

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Als in der Grafschaft Yorkshire ein siebenjahriges Madchen entfuhrt wird, reit bei den Bewohnern des kleinen Ortes Danby eine tiefe Wunde wieder auf: Schon einmal, vor funfzehn Jahren, verschwanden im Nachbarort Dendale drei kleine Madchen spurlos. Aber auch der Hauptverdachtige, der damals 19jahrige Benny Lightfoot, verschwand von einem Tag auf den anderen. Das war in dem Jahr, als die Bewohner ihre Hauser aufgaben, weil das Dorf einem Stausee weichen musste. Nun prangt ein Graffiti an einer Eisenbahnbrucke: Benny ist wieder da!

Ein nasses Grab

Ein nasses Grab

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Nach einer Autopanne landet Superintendent Andy Dalziel in Lake House, einem etwas heruntergekommenen Herrensitz. Bonnie, die kurzlich verwitwete Hausherrin, hat es Dalziel sofort angetan. Aber zugleich fallt ihm auf, dass sie der tragische Tod ihres Ehemannes nicht allzu sehr zu betruben scheint ...

Die Launen des Todes

Die Launen des Todes

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Der Tod ist ein Possenspieler. Er trifft seine Wahl, wie es ihm beliebt, und verschont weder die Guten noch die Gerechten. So jedenfalls scheint es Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe. Vor Jahren hat er Franny Roote wegen Mordes hinter Gitter gebracht. Doch jetzt ist der notorische Kriminelle frei und verwaltet den Nachlass eines geheimnisvollen viktorianischen Dichters. Ein durch die Literatur gelauterter Morder? Oder sind es nicht doch neue Morde, die Roote in seinen Briefen an Pascoe verschlusselt gesteht?

Der Luge schoner Schein

Der Luge schoner Schein

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe ist schockiert. Aus dem geruhsamen Wochenende auf dem Land, das er mit Freunden aus Studientagen verbringen wollte, ist ein Alptraum geworden. Als er wie immer verspatet ankommt, findet Pascoe nur noch die Leichen seiner Freunde in dem idyllischen Cottage. Offenbar sind sie mit einer Schrotflinte erschossen worden. Einer jedoch fehlt: Colin Hopkins ist spurlos verschwunden ...

Mord auf Widerruf

Mord auf Widerruf

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel behauptet, wortgewaltig wie immer, einen Mord gesehen zu haben. Von seinem Kuchenfenster aus, direkt im Haus gegenuber. Der vermeintliche Mrder, der blasierte Bauunternehmer Philip Swain, beharrt jedoch darauf, er habe lediglich versucht, seiner psychisch labilen Frau die Waffe zu entreien, die diese auf sich selbst gerichtet hatte. Viel spricht fr Swain, wenig fr Dalziel, das Ermittlungsgenie der Polizei von Yorkshire, der den neureichen Aufsteiger noch nie leiden konnte, auerdem in besagter Nacht zugegebenermaen nicht ganz nchtern war

Welch langen Weg die Toten gehen

Welch langen Weg die Toten gehen

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/02/2012

Ein Freitod, wie er perfekter kaum inszeniert sein konnte: im Hintergrund klassische Musik, auf dem Schreibtisch ein Gedichtband, um den Abzug des Gewehrs ein seidener Faden. Vor zehn Jahren hat sich der Unternehmer Palinurus Maciver in seinem Arbeitszimmer erschossen. Nun tut es ihm sein Sohn gleich, auf genau dieselbe zeremonielle Art und Weise. Doch war es wirklich Selbstmord? Andrew Dalziel, Chef der Polizei von Mid-Yorkshire, und Detective Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe beginnen zu ermitteln.

Advancement of Learning

Advancement of Learning

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Lecturers having it away with students, witches' sabbaths on the sand dunes, a body buried under a statue in the gardens, and a fresh rash of killings. All is not well at Holm Coultram College. All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches' sabbaths, a body buried under a statue. Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn't feel murder fits in here - let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that's exactly what they find...

Killing Kindness

Killing Kindness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Hill is on top form in this sixth story in the Dalziel and Pascoe seriesWhen Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is underway. If Superintendent Dalziel is unimpressed by the literary phone calls, he is downright angry when Sergeant Wield calls in a clairvoyant. Linguists, psychiatrists, mediums - it's all a load of nonsense as far as he is concerned, designed to make a fool of him. And meanwhile the Choker strikes again - and again...

Clubbable Woman

Clubbable Woman

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Reginald Hill's first Dalziel and Pascoe novel. When Connon got back from the Rugby Club, his wife was even more uncommunicative than usual. Five hours later, when she still hadn't moved, Connon noticed that the front of her head had been caved in. Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pascoe. Home from the Rugby club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Sam Connon finds his wife more uncommunicative than usual. After passing out on his bed for a few hours, he comes downstairs to discover communication has been cut off forever - by a hole in the middle of her forehead. Andy Dalziel, a long-standing member of the club, wants to run the murder investigation along his own lines. But DS Peter Pascoe's loyalties lie elsewhere and he has quite different ideas about how the case should proceed.

April Shroud

April Shroud

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

Bluff Superintendent Dalziel falls for the recently bereaved Mrs Fielding's ample charms, and has to be rescued from a litter of fresh corpses by Inspector Pascoe. Superintendent Andy Dalziel's holiday runs into trouble when he gets marooned by flood water. Rescued and taken to nearby Lake House, he discovers all is not well: the owner has just died tragically and the family fortunes are in decline. He also finds himself drawn to attractive widow, Bonnie Fielding. But several more deaths are to follow. And by the time Pascoe gets involved, it looks like the normally hard-headed Dalziel might have compromised himself beyond redemption.

Stranger House

Stranger House

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 06/10/2011

A stunning standalone psychological thriller, set in Cumbria, past and present, from Reginald Hill, one of the UK's most popular and admired crime novelistsThings move slowly in the village of Illthwaite, but that's about to change with the arrival of two strangers intent on digging up bits of the past the locals would rather keep buried. Sam Flood is a young Australian mathematician whose grandmother was despatched from Illthwaite four decades ago, courtesy of the Child Migrant scheme. Miguel Madero, Sam's fellow guest at the Stranger House inn, is a Spanish wannabe-priest-turned-historian in pursuit of an ancestor last seen setting sail with the Armada in 1588. The antipathy between them is instant and mutual, but as they follow their separate quests their paths become increasingly entangled, with clashes physical and metaphysical, and shocks natural and supernatural, as the tension mounts to an explosive climax. All the elements we have come to expect from Reginald Hill's writing - mystery, humour, elegant style, intricate plotting, fascinating characters, and a strong sense of history - combine here to create what must be his finest novel yet.

Der Tod und der Dicke

Der Tod und der Dicke

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2011

Weil er wieder mal auf seine groe Klappe und die Uberzeugungskraft seiner gut zwei Zentner Lebendgewicht vertraut, fliegt Superintendent Andy Dalziel eine Bombe um die Ohren. Schwer verletzt liegt der Dicke nun im Koma und schlagt sich mit dem Sensenmann herum. Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe will die Schuldigen dingfest machen und stot dabei auf vermeintliche Islamisten, einen merkwurdigen Tempelritter- Orden und eine Anti-Terror-Einheit, die ihn kaltstellen will. Ware doch blo der Dicke mit von der Partie ...

The Woodcutter

The Woodcutter

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2010

Wolf Hadda's life was a fairytale - successful businessman and adored husband. But a knock on the door one morning ends it all. Universally reviled, thrown into prison, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later Wolf begins to talk to the prison psychiatrist and receives parole to return home. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's past when he was known as the Woodcutter. Now the Woodcutter is back, looking for truth and revenge...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60% of the author's work and as low as 30% with characters and plotlines removed.

Woodcutter

Woodcutter

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 22/07/2010

A fast-moving, stunning standalone psychological thriller - from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe seriesWolf Hadda has lead a charmed life. From humble origins as a woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. A knock on the door one morning ends it all. Thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes a breakthrough: Wolf begins to talk. Under her guidance he gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there is a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth - and revenge.

The Long Kill

The Long Kill

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times `[Reginald Hill] keeps one on the edge of one's wits throughout a bitterly enthralling detection thriller' Sunday Times Where better for a hitman to retire than in the Lake District, where the air is healthy and the scenery spectacular? And when Jaymith meets attractive young widow, Anya Wilson, he can't believe his luck. But Jaysmith soon discovers that settling down to the quiet life is not as easy as it seems. His old employers aren't keen to lose him, his past is always lying in wait, and when Anya introduces him to her family, Jaysmith realizes there's no way out. He's back in business, and it makes little difference that this time it's to defend, not destroy. However you wrap it up, his one accessible talent is the Long Kill.

Death of a Dormouse

Death of a Dormouse

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph The balding policeman on Trudi Adamson's doorstep brings the worst news possible: her husband Trent has been burned to death in a freak car accident. Suddenly a widow after years of marriage, Trudi soon discovers there's a lot she didn't know about her late husband. Why did he resign from his job without telling her? And where is all his money? As shock piles upon shock, Trudi is forced to re-examine her belief in Trent, and ultimately in herself. Compelled to leave the cosy nest of her old life, she is out in the open and fighting for her survival.

The Only Game

The Only Game

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' Marcel Berlins, The Times `[Reginald Hill] keeps one on the edge of one's wits throughout a bitterly enthralling detection thriller' Sunday Times When a four-year-old child is abducted from an Essex kindergarten, Detective Inspector Dog Cicero soon realizes that this is no routine investigation. Something about the child's mother troubles him. Maybe it's the fact that she comes from Derry, and Cicero's Northern Ireland scars go deeper than his ruined face. But he can't help feeling there's more to it than that. Soon Cicero finds the odds are stacked against him both personally and professionally - not that he will let that stop him. For he's a gambling man, and when death's the only game in town, a gambling man has got to play.

Singing the Sadness

Singing the Sadness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Sunday Times Joe Sixsmith is going west, though only as far the Llanffugiol Choral Festival in Wales. But his plans are interrupted when they happen upon a burning house with a mysterious woman trapped inside. Joe risks life and limb to rescue the woman, only to be roped in to the investigation by the police officer in charge. Suddenly surrounded by a bevy of suspicious characters, he soon realizes that this case is much more than just arson. Aided by little more than his acute instinct for truth, Joe moves forward over the space of a single weekend to uncover crimes which have been buried for years.

The Collaborators

The Collaborators

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

From the bestselling author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series, a superb novel of wartime passion, loyalty - and betrayal When Janine Simonian was dragged roughly from her cell to face trial as a collaborator in the days of reckoning that followed the liberation of France, she refused to conceal her shaven skull from the jeering crowds that greeted her. Before the jury of former Resistance members pledged to extract vengeance on all who had connived in Nazi rule, Janine stood proudly in court - and pleaded guilty to the charges. Why did so many French men and women collaborate with the Nazi occupation forces whilst others gave their lives in resistance? Were the motives of those who betrayed their country always selfish - and those of the Resistance always noble? The Collaborators is a superb novel of conscience and betrayal that portrays the human dilemmas brought about by the Nazi occupation of France, and asks uncomfortable questions about the priorities of personal and national loyalty in time of war.

Born Guilty

Born Guilty

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Donna Leon, Sunday Times Hurrying out of St Monkey's church one day, Joe Sixsmith stumbles across a boy's corpse in a cardboard box and into more trouble than he's ever known. His casebook is full to bursting: retired colonial Mrs C. demands to know how the boy got there; Gallie, the Mutant from Outer Space, urges him to find the stranger nosing into her granddad's past; while Butcher, that briefest of briefs, is hellbent on digging the dirt on a deputy head's out-of-school activities. Joe threads his way through the mean streets of Luton, fighting off cops, druggies and the matchmaking machinations of his Auntie Mirabelle. But there's little joy to be found in the truth: that kids grow up fast, and that even the luckiest ones are born guilty.

Killing the Lawyers

Killing the Lawyers

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`Killing the Lawyers...is entertaining, sly, jokey...cynical, well written, and teems with sparkly dialogue - all the virtues we expect from Hill' Marcel Berlins The Times Joe Sixsmith, Luton's premier PI, is naturally on the side of the Law... Trouble is, the Law isn't always ready to return the compliment. When Joe turns to the town's top law firm for help in a dispute, he is subjected to nothing but abuse. He walks out, vowing to have vengeance. Then someone starts killing the partners one by one, and Joe is the main suspect. At the same time as facing murder charges, Joe is trying to discover who is threatening top athlete Zak Oto. Everyone looks suspicious, from her ex-con minder, Starbright Jones, to her own family. But Joe knows he's getting close when someone starts trying to kill him...

Blood Sympathy

Blood Sympathy

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction' Observer PI can mean many things, but can it really mean a balding, middle-aged lathe operator from a high rise in Luton? Joe Sixsmith thinks it can. His Aunt Mirabelle thinks you'd have to be crazy to hire him, and Joe's current clients certainly fit the bill. One's confessing to the brutal murder of his whole family; another thinks she's a witch. Next to them, the two heavies who believe Joe is hiding their illicit drugs seem almost normal. As Joe stumbles his way through bodies, gangsters and hostile police officers, he is protected by a combination of sheer luck and the help of a new lady friend. And soon it seems like he might just surpass everyone's expectations...

Fell of Dark

Fell of Dark

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 29/04/2010

`One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' Marcel Berlins, The Times A friendship renewed; a marriage going sour; Harry Bentick heads for the Lake District not knowing if he's going in search of something or running away. Then two girls are found murdered in the high fells, and suddenly there's no doubt about it. He's running. Set in his native Cumberland, this was Reginald Hill's very first novel, a unique blend of detective story, psychological thriller and Buchanesque adventure that was to lay the groundwork for many books to come, taking him into the top ranks of British crime fiction.

There are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union

There are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2010

A superb collection of short stories from Reginald Hill, the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels and `the best living male crime writer in the English-speaking world' (Independent) In suburban Luton, a private detective on his first case discovers that curiosity can kill more than just the cat... meanwhile, in wartime Boulogne, one officer will do anything to ensure that his men are ready to kill for their country... and in Stalinist Moscow, Inspector Chislenko must find out why three people have just witnessed a 50-year-old murder. From France to Russia, the 1830s to 1916 and the present day, Reginald Hill has crafted half a dozen tantalizing tales of the unexpected. He asks questions that will intrigue and gives answers that will astound. Featuring some of his best-loved characters, among them Joe Sixsmith and, of course, Dalziel and Pascoe, this is Reginald Hill at his devilish best.

Midnight Fugue

Midnight Fugue

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 04/02/2010

The highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the BBC TV series, in a new psychological thriller. Gina Wolfe is searching for her missing husband, believed dead, and hopes Superintendent Andy Dalziel can help. What neither realize is that there are others on the same trail. A tabloid hack with some awkward enquiries about an ambitious MP's father. The politician's secretary who shares his suspicions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question - and the two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past. Four stories, two mismatched detectives trying to figure it all out, and 24 hours in which to do it: Dalziel and Pascoe are about to learn the hard way exactly how much difference a day makes...

Midnight Fugue

Midnight Fugue

Author: Reginald Hill Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/12/2009

This is the highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe in a new psychological thriller. It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story. Gina Wolfe has come to Mid-Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiance, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. What none of them realize is how events set in motion decades ago will come to a violent head on this otherwise ordinary summer's day...This recording is unabridged. Typically abridged audiobooks are not more than 60 per cent of the author's work and as low as 30 per cent with characters and plotlines removed.

A Clubbable Woman

A Clubbable Woman

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pascoe. Home from the Rugby club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Sam Connon finds his wife more uncommunicative than usual. After passing out on his bed for a few hours, he comes downstairs to discover communication has been cut off forever - by a hole in the middle of her forehead. Andy Dalziel, a long-standing member of the club, wants to run the murder investigation along his own lines. But DS Peter Pascoe's loyalties lie elsewhere and he has quite different ideas about how the case should proceed.

A Killing Kindness A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel

A Killing Kindness A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Altogether an enjoyable performance, one of Mr Hill's best' Financial Times When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is underway. If Superintendent Dalziel is unimpressed by the literary phone calls, he is downright angry when Sergeant Wield calls in a clairvoyant. Linguists, psychiatrists, mediums - it's all a load of nonsense as far as he is concerned, designed to make a fool of him. And meanwhile the Choker strikes again - and again...

Dialogues of the Dead

Dialogues of the Dead

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

New Dalziel and Pascoe novel from Britain's finest male crime writer: `Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebred crime fiction' Tom Hiney, Observer A man drowns. Another dies in a motorbike crash. Two accidents ... yet in a pair of so-called Dialogues sent to the Mid-Yorkshire Gazette as entries in a short story competition, someone seems to be taking responsibility for the deaths. In Mid-Yorkshire CID these claims are greeted with disbelief. But when the story is leaked to television and a third indisputable murder takes place, Dalziel and Pascoe find themselves playing a game no one knows the rules of against an opponent known only as the Wordman.

Pictures of Perfection

Pictures of Perfection

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

For suspense, ingenuity and sheer comic effrontery this takes the absolute, appetizing biscuit' Sunday Times High in the Mid-Yorkshire Dales stands the traditional village of Enscombe, seemingly untouched by the modern world. But contemporary life is about to intrude when the disappearance of a policeman brings Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel and DCI Peter Pascoe to its doors. As the detectives dig beneath the veneer of idyllic village life a new pattern emerges: of family feuds, ancient injuries, cheating and lies. And finally, as the community gathers for the traditional Squire's Reckoning, it looks as if the simmering tensions will erupt in a bloody climax...

A Pinch of Snuff A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel

A Pinch of Snuff A Dalziel and Pascoe Novel

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Deplorably readable' Observer Everyone knew about the kind of films they showed at the Calliope Club - once the Residents' Association and the local Women's Group had given them some free publicity. But when Peter Pascoe's dentist suggests that one film in particular is more than just good clean dirty fun, the inspector begins to make a few discreet inquiries. Before they bear fruit, though, the dentist has been accused of having sex with an underage patient, the cinema has been wrecked and its elderly owner murdered. Superintendent Dalziel expects no more from professional men who watch blue films. But Pascoe has a hunch that this time Dalziel is way off target...

Recalled to Life

Recalled to Life

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`The story is expertly told, skein by skein, with a new knot to be untied just when you think everything is clear' Sunday Telegraph 1963. It was the year of the Profumo Scandal, the Great Train Robbery, the Kennedy Assassination - and the Mickeldore Hall Murder. The guests at the Hall that weekend included a Tory minister, a CIA officer, a British diplomat - and Cissy Kohler, a young American nanny who had come to England for love. And love kept her in England for nearly thirty years. In jail. For murder. Revisiting the case many years later, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel finds his certainty over Cissy's guilt is shaken - a rare state of affairs. And it looks as if not only is his old boss's reputation at stake, but his own too...

Asking for the Moon A Collection of Dalziel and Pascoe Stories

Asking for the Moon A Collection of Dalziel and Pascoe Stories

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Hill is an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday If you've already met Dalziel and Pascoe, you're in for a treat. If you haven't yet had the pleasure, you're in for a revelation! Here in four stories we track their partnership from curtain-up to last act; from the mean streets of Mid-Yorkshire to the mountains of the moon. The Last National Service Man reveals the truth, hitherto buried in police files, of their momentous first encounter, while Pascoe's Ghost is a chilling tale taking us deep into Poe country. Dalziel's Ghost, meanwhile, finds the man who normally wouldn't be seen dead in a graveyard expressing a surprising interest in the `other side'. And finally, One Small Step takes a giant leap forward to the first murder on the moon.

An Advancement of Learning

An Advancement of Learning

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

All is not well at Holm Coultram College. All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches' sabbaths, a body buried under a statue. Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn't feel murder fits in here - let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that's exactly what they find...

Exit Lines

Exit Lines

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

Another excellent Dalziel and Pascoe story from the master of the British crime novel Three old men die on a stormy November night: one by deliberate violence, one in a road accident and one by an unknown cause. Inspector Pascoe is called in to investigate the first death, but when the dying words of the accident victim suggest that a drunken Superintendent Dalziel had been behind the wheel, the integrity of the entire Mid-Yorkshire constabulary is called into question. Helped by the bright but wayward DC Seymour, hindered by `Maggie's Moron', the half-witted Constable Hector, Peter Pascoe enters the twilight and vulnerable world of the senior citizen - to discover that the beckoning darkness at the end of the tunnel holds few comforts.

Deadheads

Deadheads

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Humour and topicality along a cold enigmatic trail of murder' Observer Life is on the up for Patrick Aldermann: his Great Aunt Florence has collapsed into her rose bed leaving him Rosemont House with its splendid gardens. But when his boss, `Dandy' Dick Elgood, suggests to Peter Pascoe that Aldermann is a murderer - then later retracts the accusation - the detective inspector is left with a thorny problem. Not only have the police already dug up some interesting information about Aldermann's beautiful wife; it also appears that his rapid promotion has been helped by the convenient deaths of some of his colleagues...

Child's Play

Child's Play

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of crime fiction' Observer When Geraldine Lomas dies, her huge fortune is left to an animal rights organization, a fascist front and a services benevolent fund. But at her funeral a middle-aged man steps forward, claiming to be her long-lost son and rightful heir. He is later found shot dead in the police car park, leaving behind a multitude of suspects. And Superintendent Dalziel and Peter Pascoe find themselves plunged into an investigation that makes most of their previous cases look like child's play...

On Beulah Height

On Beulah Height

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Hill is an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday Fifteen years ago they moved everyone out of Dendale. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. But four inhabitants of the valley could not be moved, for nobody knew where they were: three little girls who had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot. This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now he looks set to relive it. Another child goes missing in the next valley, and old fears arise as someone sprays the deadly message on Danby bridge: BENNY'S BACK!

Death's Jest-Book

Death's Jest-Book

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

Reginald Hill's best-selling duo, Dalziel and Pascoe, return in this brilliant, complex and ultimately moving crime novel: `Reginald Hill is probably the best living crime writer in the English-speaking world' - Independent Ex-convict and aspiring academic, Franny Roote, has started writing enigmatic letters to DCI Peter Pascoe who immediately smells a rat. DS Edgar Wield, intervening in a suspected kidnapping, takes a vulnerable rentboy under his wing, one who is hiding an earth-shattering secret. And young DC Bowler is looking forward to a weekend away with his girlfriend - but her dreams are filled with a horror too terrifying to share. Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Dalziel, lording it over his team, is famed for his omniscience. But even he is unable to foresee the disaster towards which they are all tumbling...

Arms and the Women

Arms and the Women

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Luminously written, thrilling, unexpectedly erudite, and beautifully structured' Geoffrey Wansell, Daily Mail When Ellie Pascoe finds herself under threat, her husband DCI Peter Pascoe and Superintendent Andy Dalziel assume it's because she's married to a cop. While they hunt down the source of the danger, Ellie heads out of town in search of a haven... only to get tangled up in a conspiracy involving Irish arms, Colombian drugs and men who will stop at nothing to achieve their ends. Dalziel eventually concludes the security services are involved, but by then it is too late. Ellie's on her own - and must dig deep down into her reserves to survive...

Under World

Under World

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Hill is an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday Years ago, young Tracey Pedley disappeared in the woods around Burrthorpe. The close-knit mining village had its own ideas about what happened, but the police pinned it on a known child-killer who subsequently committed suicide. Now Burrthorpe comes to police attention again. A man's body is discovered down a mine shaft and it's clear he has been murdered. Dalziel and Pascoe's investigation takes them to the heart of a frightened and hostile community. But could the key to the present-day investigation lie in the past when little Tracey vanished into thin air...?

Bones and Silence

Bones and Silence

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

Winner of the Gold Dagger Award for Best Crime Novel of the Year...'Reginald Hill is on stunning form...the climax is devastating' Marcel Berlins, The Times When Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel witnesses a bizarre murder across the street from his own back garden, he is quite sure he knows who the culprit is. After all, he's seen him with his own eyes. But what exactly does he see? And is he mistaken? Peter Pascoe certainly thinks so. To make matters worse, he's being pestered by an anonymous letter-writer who is planning suicide and has chosen to confide in Dalziel. The local Mystery Plays should provide a welcome distraction as Dalziel's been cast as God. Unfortunately, the other lead is a local builder who also happens to be the chief suspect in some recent disappearances that might actually be murders...

A Cure for All Diseases

A Cure for All Diseases

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

The new psychological thriller featuring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular detective duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series, following on from the bestselling Death of Dalziel He may have been in a coma but it would take an act of God to put Superintendent 'Fat' Andy Dalziel down for good. In the meantime, He'll settle for a few weeks' bed-rest. Sandytown, a pleasant seaside resort devoted to healing, seems just the ticket. And when a fellow newcomer appears in the shapely form of psychologist Charlotte Heywood, Dalziel develops an unexpected passion for alternative therapy. But Sandytown's warring landowners have grandiose plans for the resort. One of them has to go and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate - with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support. And Pascoe soon finds dark forces at work in a place where holistic remedies are no match for the oldest cure of all...

The Wood Beyond

The Wood Beyond

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`Hill's wit is the constant, ironic foil to his vision, and to call this a mere crime novel is to say Everest is a nice little hill' Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday When animal-rights activists uncover a long-dead uniformed body in the grounds of Wanwood House, a research facility, Dalziel is presented with a seemingly insoluble mystery. And he is further perplexed when he's attracted to one of the campaigners - now implicated in a murderous assault. Meanwhile, the death of his grandmother has led Peter Pascoe to the battlefields of World War 1 and the enigma of who his grandfather was - and why he had to die.

Ruling Passion

Ruling Passion

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

`One of the modern masters of the police procedural' Sunday Telegraph Peter Pascoe is in shock. A weekend in the country with old friends turns into a nightmare when he finds three of them dead and the missing fourth a prime suspect in the eyes of the local police. They want his cooperation, but Superintendent Dalziel needs him back in Yorkshire where a string of unsolved burglaries looks like turning nasty. As events unfold, though, the two cases seem to be getting entwined...

An April Shroud

An April Shroud

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 25/06/2009

Superintendent Dalziel falls for the recently bereaved Mrs Fielding's ample charms, and has to be rescued from a litter of fresh corpses by Inspector Pascoe. Superintendent Andy Dalziel's holiday runs into trouble when he gets marooned by flood water. Rescued and taken to nearby Lake House, he discovers all is not well: the owner has just died tragically and the family fortunes are in decline. He also finds himself drawn to attractive widow, Bonnie Fielding. But several more deaths are to follow. And by the time Pascoe gets involved, it looks like the normally hard-headed Dalziel might have compromised himself beyond redemption.

Singing the Sadness

Singing the Sadness

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/06/2009

`Few writers in the genre today have Hill's gifts: formidable intelligence, quick humour, compassion and a prose style that blends elegance and grace' Sunday Times Joe Sixsmith is going west, though only as far the Llanffugiol Choral Festival in Wales. But his plans are interrupted when they happen upon a burning house with a mysterious woman trapped inside. Joe risks life and limb to rescue the woman, only to be roped in to the investigation by the police officer in charge. Suddenly surrounded by a bevy of suspicious characters, he soon realizes that this case is much more than just arson. Aided by little more than his acute instinct for truth, Joe moves forward over the space of a single weekend to uncover crimes which have been buried for years.

Blood Sympathy

Blood Sympathy

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback Release Date: 01/06/2009

PI can mean many things, but can it really mean a balding, middle-aged lathe operator from a high rise in Luton? Joe Sixsmith thinks it can. His Aunt Mirabelle thinks you'd have to be crazy to hire him, and Joe's current clients certainly fit the bill. One's confessing to the brutal murder of his whole family; another thinks she's a witch. Next to them, the two heavies who believe Joe is hiding their illicit drugs seem almost normal. As Joe stumbles his way through bodies, gangsters and hostile police officers, he is protected by a combination of sheer luck and the help of a new lady friend. And soon it seems like he might just surpass everyone's expectations...

Midnight Fugue

Midnight Fugue

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 28/05/2009

A psychological thriller starring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series.Gina Wolfe is searching for her missing husband, believed dead, and hopes Superintendent Andy Dalziel can help. What neither realize is that there are others on the same trail.A tabloid hack with some awkward enquiries about an ambitious MP's father. The politician's secretary who shares his suspicions. The ruthless entrepreneur in question - and the two henchmen out to make sure the past stays in the past.Four stories, two mismatched detectives trying to figure it all out, and 24 hours in which to do it: Dalziel and Pascoe are about to learn the hard way exactly how much difference a day makes...

The Roar of the Butterflies

The Roar of the Butterflies

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/12/2008

A special gift for Reginald Hill fans - the return of Joe Sixsmith in a beautifully packaged, witty new crime novel A sweltering summer spells bad news for the private detective business. Thieves and philanderers take the month off and the only swingers in town are those on the 19th hole of the Royal Hoo Golf Course. But now the reputation of the `Hoo' is in jeopardy. Shocking allegations of cheating have been directed at leading member, Chris Porphyry. When Chris turns to Joe Sixsmith, PI, he's more than willing to help - only Joe hadn't counted on being French-kissed then dangled out of a window on the same day. Before long, though, Joe's on the trail of a conspiracy that starts with missing balls, and ends with murder...

Cure for All Diseases

Cure for All Diseases

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 03/03/2008

A psychological thriller starring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series.Some say that Andy Dalziel wasn't ready for God, others that God wasn't ready for Dalziel. Either way, despite his recent proximity to a terrorist blast, the Superintendent remains firmly of this world. And, while Death may be the cure for all diseases, Dalziel is happy to settle for a few weeks' care under a tender nurse.Convalescing in Sandytown, a quiet seaside resort devoted to healing, Dalziel befriends Charlotte Heywood, a fellow newcomer and psychologist, who is researching the benefits of alternative therapy. With much in common, the two soon find themselves in league when trouble comes to town.Sandytown's principal landowners have grandiose plans for the resort - none of which they can agree on. One of them has to go, and when one of them does, in spectacularly gruesome fashion, DCI Peter Pascoe is called in to investigate - with Dalziel and Charlotte providing unwelcome support. But Pascoe finds dark forces at work in a place where medicine and holistic remedies are no match for the oldest cure of all...

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 6:: Deadheads

Oxford Bookworms Library: Level 6:: Deadheads

Author: Reginald Hill, Rosemary Kerr Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 27/12/2007

The most consistent of all series in terms of language control, length, and quality of story. David R. Hill, Director of the Edinburgh Project on Extensive Reading.

Death of Dalziel

Death of Dalziel

Author: Reginald Hill Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2007

A psychological thriller starring Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series.Caught in a huge Semtex explosion, it seems the only thing preventing Superintendent Andy Dalziel from death is his size - and sheer bloody-mindedness.An injured DCI Peter Pascoe is convinced there's a conspiracy at work, despite the security services concluding the blast was in fact an accident. Who, then, are the mysterious Knights Templar with their gruesome acts of vengeance? And what of a hit-and-run on one of Pascoe's colleagues? And, most importantly, will Dalziel ever wake up to hear the truth...?

The Stranger House

The Stranger House

Author: Reginald Hill Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 10/09/2001

A stunning psychological thriller set in Cumbria past and present, from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series Things move slowly in the tiny Cumbrian village of Illthwaite, but all that's about to change. Post-grad Sam Flood and historian Miguel Mercado first meet at The Stranger House, Illwaithe's local inn. Sam is there to find information on her grandmother, who left four decades before, while Mig's research stretches back to the English Reformation, four centuries ago. The pair have nothing in common, yet their paths become increasingly entangled as they pursue their separate quests. Together they will discover who to trust and who to fear in this ancient village where the inhabitants are determined to keep the past buried.

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