Reginald Hill – a January Shroud

I was sad to learn yesterday, that the fine British crime writer Reginald Hill had died. By coincidence I am reading his fourth Dalziel and Pascoe story, “An April Shroud”, right now so let me share a quotation with you while you are waiting for my review:

“He smiled now as he lumbered towards a dirty wedding joke, and with his shining face, broad smile, broader paunch, and the champagne glass held perpetually at the ready a foot from his lips, he should have been a figure of Pickwickian jollity. Instead, he looked as if he had just kicked the door down and was demanding that no one moved as he had the place surrounded.”

I hardly need to tell you that ´he´ is ´the big man´, Superintendent Andy Dalziel.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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9 Responses to Reginald Hill – a January Shroud

  1. Sarah says:

    Dalziel is just a wonderful creation.

  2. Margot Kinberg says:

    Dorte – A very fitting tribute.

  3. Barbara says:

    I just learned of his death this morning. His The Woodcutter was brilliant but I hadn’t read most of his other books. Thankfully I have many available to read because this is a terrible loss to the world of books.

  4. Ann says:

    Wasn’t this a TV series? I didn’t know that they were from a book. I’ll look out for them.

  5. Sad!
    Yes, there was a TV series based on the books.

  6. I have heard much about Reginald Hill and his two famous detectives but never got around to reading his books. I really must stop reading authors after they’ve passed away. Perhaps reading Hill’s works now would be a fitting tribute to him.

  7. Joanne says:

    Someone recommended Reginald Hill’s books to me. I’ve never read any. But I do like the television series which I believe is still airing (since 1996?).

  8. It felt like the right thing to quote Reginald Hil; I am glad you agree with me.

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