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Only about half of Hill's police-procedurals featuring Yorkshire cops Dalziel and Pascoe have been published in America, Deadheads p. The murder-victim of the title is shrewish housewife Mary Connon, found dead—an odd head wound—in front of her TV one evening. The obvious suspect? Her low-key husband "Connie," a former local rugby star who to Mary's chagrin has continued to spend his Saturdays at the nearby rugby club. But, despite anonymous accusations and bad-mouthing from a nasty neighbor, neither fat Dalziel nor the Connons' daughter Jenny believes that Connie is guilty. So all hands start sleuthing into possible sexual motives within the rugby-club—especially after Jenny finds heavy-breathing letters that her late mother received from a peeping tom.

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A promising debut whose promise was fulfilled…. Sam Connon had been a rising star destined one day to play rugby for England, when his career was thrown off track by an injury. Still fit to play, though not at the top levels, he was a stalwart of the local rugby team in Mid Yorkshire, and still turns out occasionally for the fourth team — the old-timers whose glory days are behind them. On this afternoon, he has had a kick in the head during a scrum, which has left him feeling woozy and sick.

But when he comes downstairs again, he discovers she is dead, with a circular hole in the middle of her forehead….

This is the first book in the long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series — my favourite crime series of all time. I originally started, as so often, in the middle of the series and then backtracked to the earlier books.

Andy is as brash and uncouth as he will always be, without yet the depth of characterisation that reveals the intelligence, subtlety and loyalty to his junior colleagues that is seen in later books.

Pete, still single, spends much of his time having a rather annoying internal monologue, partly about the attractions of the various women he meets in the course of the investigation, and partly about his resentment and reluctant admiration for his boorish boss.

The plotting is very good as, of course, is the writing. I guess that as a debut writer, Hill may have been trying to conform to what was then the norm, whereas he soon became a leader in the field, showing the way in including strong female and even empathetic gay characters long before the trailing pack would have dared. I have always wondered how much these characters might have been autobiographical.

The plot is interesting and quite traditional in format — all of the action centres around the rugby club so there is a defined list of suspects all with various motives. But true to his later characterisation, Andy believes in justice above all, though he might step outside the bounds occasionally to achieve it.

And the solution when it comes gives hints of the complex morality of the criminals Hill will introduce us to in future years.

And I might or might not have gone on to read the next one. A series to be read in its entirety, and though not essential to read them in order, best read that way to see how all three of them — Dalziel and Pascoe, and Hill himself — develop as the years go by.

I am very fond of a bit of Dalziel and Pascoe and have never read this one! Like Like. I think it was sometime in the late 80s when I became aware of him and even that feels like a lifetime ago… I miss him…. So, was she shot, do you suppose? The hole in the head, see. That chap on the right looks like the fellow who played Spiderman, you know. I watched the 4th quarter last night — it was quite exciting! Hmm — no, but again — sorta almost close. Intriguing — I wonder if he can climb walls?

How dare you! Oh, I bet you could already — you should try! It was!! Unfortunately the Feminists are now getting together with the Scottish Rugby squad to seek revenge…. But really, this has stood the test of time pretty well and has quite a few hints as to how Hill would develop as the years went by. Like Liked by 1 person. The commonality was that both were concerned with the draining of a lake and finding a village underneath or something like that.

Both were well received and I did not follow up and read any more by either author. I need to rectify that, but both authors have such long, long series. One day. I must say that On Beulah Height is the book I always name as my favourite crime novel of all time. Although I could say that about pretty much any of the second half of this series.

Glad you finally got your reread. Looking back, I think I was clinging to the three great ladies of crime, Christie, Marsh and Sayers, while I waited for the next female author to come along! Though you were cheerfully reading police procedurals from the US even before that, I think. Thanks, as always, for bringing this one to my attention — though my TBR list is starting to groan aloud, ha!

I think this is a great series, Debbie, so I do highly recommend it. Tell me about TBRs! Thanks, Cleo! But I was pleased that on the whole this one stands up to the test of time pretty well.

Not as brilliant as the later ones, but still better than most! Still your review really makes me want to read this, especially since the show is so good. Oh, I hope you enjoy it, L. Yes, there are bits about the women that feel a bit dated, but not as badly as some. Oh, brilliant! Said with an overwhelming sense of relief.

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Reginald Hill The plot is interesting and quite traditional in format — all of the action centres around the rugby club so there is a defined list of suspects all with various motives.

Like this: Like Loading I think it was sometime in the late 80s when I became aware of him and even that feels like a lifetime ago… I miss him… Like Like. I miss him too… but we shall always have his books to remind us! The road to immortality… Like Like. And his name is rather polite. And important sounding, too. Colin Buchanan? It was awful. I forget his name, too, really.

But just take my word for it. Spiderman he is! No, no, the author!! Yup, it was kinda sad. Scrums are no laughing matter, you know! Rugby so…girlish compared to football! Is a scrum a uniform that a nurse wears? How can you tell? I know!

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A promising debut whose promise was fulfilled…. Sam Connon had been a rising star destined one day to play rugby for England, when his career was thrown off track by an injury. Still fit to play, though not at the top levels, he was a stalwart of the local rugby team in Mid Yorkshire, and still turns out occasionally for the fourth team — the old-timers whose glory days are behind them. On this afternoon, he has had a kick in the head during a scrum, which has left him feeling woozy and sick.

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October 5, Hill's most recent novel, ''Deadheads,'' which features Dalziel and Pascoe, was published by Macmillan in May. The Countryman Press publishes about half a dozen Foul Play Press titles every year, some in hard cover, some in paperback. All the titles are reprints. Reading Hill's Dalziel-Pascoe series in order, starting with ''A Clubbable Woman'' and ending with ''Deadheads'' with, among others, ''Ruling Passion,'' ''A Pinch of Snuff,'' and ''A Killing Kindness'' in between , allows the reader to follow the progress of Dalziel and Pascoe in their personal lives and in their careers as detectives with the mid-Yorkshire Criminal Investigation Department. It also demonstrates that Reginald Hill gets better with each mystery. Hill's polished, sophisticated novels are intelligently written and permeated with his sly and delightful sense of humor.

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No need to waste time endlessly browsing—here's the entire lineup of new movies and TV shows streaming on Netflix this month. See the full list. Title: A Clubbable Woman 16 Mar Two unorthodox police officers are called to investigate dodgy dealings at Wetherton rugby club after the body of their star player's wife is found dead at home. Very disappointing since I have been waiting patiently for this series to come to the US, but, well, this episode, the clubbable woman, makes little sense and is mushed together without any care for logic, character development, plot, atmosphere and the outrageous characterizations of the two main characters.

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