Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pasc. A Clubbable Woman is a crime novel by Reginald Hill, the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Publication history[edit]. , London: Collins Crime . A Clubbable Woman: Dalziel & Pascoe #1 [Reginald Hill] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Mary Connon, a small-town femme fatale.

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A Clubbable Woman by Reginald Hill – FictionFan’s Book Reviews

Pascoe, quite one for the ladies, describes himself as “bachelor gay”. I look forward to seeing where it goes from here. I’ve given it 2 stars, but it could easily be one star. Nor, because of the nature of it, does it have the interplay or humor between the two characters. Really it’s rubbish, but I have to admit I kept reading it to see “whodunnit?

Too little of the main characters and flaky presentation of the actual mystery is most disturbing.

One of the best police procedural series ever written. Pascoe is university educated, intelligent with a beautiful wife.

A Northern England police procedural, and an introduction to Dalziel and Pascoe, the first in Hill’s long running series. The eventual explanation of the murder was so ridiculous womann to be laughable. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! I have always wondered how much these characters might have been autobiographical. I also enjoyed a little time travel into early 70s Britain, which was really well described.

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clubbabble Mary Connon was a shrewish housewife married to a former local rugby star. Most of my reading is by foreign authors British, Scottish, Norwegian, Swiss and occasionally there may be a reference that I might not understand.


I’ve only occasionally caught bits of TV episodes of “Dalziel and Wokan, who are the detectives in this novel. Return to Book Page. And the solution when it comes gives hints of the complex morality of the criminals Hill will introduce us to in future years.

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To be honest, if I were reading this for the first time with no knowledge of the series, I’d probably be saying it’s clubbanle promising debut, better written than most but fairly standard otherwise.

You aoman absolutely right about the Ellery Queen covers and I cherish some of the Ross Macdonald paperback covers from Fontana of that time — considering how tame book covers are nowadays it feels like they got Richard Avedon to do them.

Yeah, I love the Fontana, so of the period. He was writing more to please himself, I think. I decided to pick up the debut book with an eye toward re-reading the series from book one.

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However, this one was not good. Although I tend to find British police procedurals podding by U.

In this debut novel of the long running series, Pascoe is still a sergeant. I don’t q Pascoe having quite so many internal monologues in later works, but it’s interesting to see them in a more rambly form. Aug 12, Deb Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: Dear Santa… Friday Frippery! You must be a registered user to use the IMDb rating plugin.

Edit Storyline Two unorthodox police officers are called to investigate dodgy dealings at Wetherton rugby club clugbable the body of their star player’s wife is found clybbable at home. But, despite anonymous accusations and bad-mouthing from cubbable nasty neighbor, neither fat Dalziel nor the Connons’ daughter Jenny believes that Connie is guilty.


Use the HTML below. I doubt I’ll read any others by this author and am sorry I purchased this one. That chap on the right looks like the fellow who played Spiderman, you know. Hopefully they get better. Abandonment issues… Friday Frippery on a Thursday!

In he retired from salaried work in order to devote himself full-time to writing.

We are discovering Dalziel as Pascoe is. The club that anchors the rugby team is a hotbed of adultery and old grievances, so there is not a shortage of suspects. But it is such a fascinating idea!

And the suspense begins The mystery surrounds a old hand of a rugby player who after a game of rugby and a knock goes home to sleep off his injury while his wife is downstairs and when he then wakes up she has been murdered. Too much unnecessary build up.

I was positively spellbound by its awfulness. The main problem readers are likely to face is that the book was first published inand as such is recent enough not to be immediately obviously a period work, while still being old enough for the culture and mores to feel somewhat odd to the modern reader.

Stray characters and events are introduced at seemingly random points in order to enable an event to occur, or a piece of information to surface, or an item to be found.