Reginald Hill, An April Shroud (1975)

The fourth Dalziel and Pasco police procedural.

Dalziel participates in Peter Pascoe´s wedding; afterwards he goes on holiday in an extremely wet Britain. Of course it turns into a kind of busman´s honeymoon.

The plot did not strike me as too credible, but Dalziel´s meeting with the privileged Fielding family in an environment much like The Lady of Shalott was quite funny. And believe it or not, the big man shows a soft spot or two when he gets to know the charming widow Bonnie Fielding.

An enjoyable read, and I am looking forward to the ten volumes or so I have on my shelf.


NB: please pop over to Ann Summerville´s blog “Cozy in Texas” later today when she publishes an interview with me. Ann is the writer of a couple of cosy crime series.

My review of Summerville´s A Graceful Death.

About Dorte Hummelshøj Jakobsen

I am a Danish teacher. In my spare time I read, write and review crime fiction.
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11 Responses to Reginald Hill, An April Shroud (1975)

  1. Thanks for the review, Dorte! I like that the book shows another side to the character (and humor in mysteries is always appreciated!)

  2. Wow, ten volumes! Thank for the review.

  3. Elizabeth: I am sure Dalziel has had more tender moments than these, but they are not exactly what he is – or wants to be – known for 😉 But there is plenty of humour in the series.

    Clarissa: it is a long series, but I only realized recently how good it is. I read some in Danish years ago, but that is just not the right way to read these 🙂

  4. Ann says:

    Thanks for being a guest on my blog today, Dorte.

  5. Patti Abbott says:

    One of the very best writers.

  6. Kelly says:

    Perhaps someday I’ll whittle my TBR pile down far enough that I can try out some of these other great-sounding series.

  7. The variety of the books in the series is one of its many strengths, I think. Lots to look forward to, Dorte!

  8. Ann: it´s certainly my pleasure! I just decided not to comment on your blog – at least not yet – because some of your readers may feel they cannot comment freely if they know the author hovers around.
    Patti: he is indeed great.
    Kelly: as he is a British ´classic´, I think he deserves it. But I know what you mean, and I know I have tempted you often 😉
    Martin: I am, but I plan to space them out.

  9. Ann says:

    Feel free to comment on your guest post, I’m sure everyone would love to hear from you. I finally got around to reading Heather Farm – you’re an amazing story teller.

  10. Ann: “an amazing story teller” – wow; I´ll store those words & remember them on blue days 😉

  11. Belle Wong says:

    I love this series – A Cure for All Diseases is my absolute favourite out of the entire series. I shall miss Reginald Hill and the exploits of Dalziel and Pascoe tremendously. Hill was an amazing writer.

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