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Product Details

  • Series: Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries
  • Mass Market Paperback: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Dell (July 3, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440215730
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440215738
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #412,167 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

As Inspector Dalziel and partner Pascoe work unofficially to refute new evidence concerning a 1963 case, they threaten to unearth various nasty political secrets. Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 6/1/92.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Kirkus Reviews

When new evidence in a 1963 murder case leads to a new trial for nanny Cissy Kohler, who's been serving a life sentence for killing her employer's wife Pam Westropp, peerlessly curmudgeonly Mid-Yorkshire Chief Supt. Andrew Dalziel drags D.C.I. Peter Pascoe into the reopened investigation, trying to defend the judgment of Dalziel's mentor Inspector Walter Tallantire, who made the arrest, against the insinuations of South Thames investigating chief Geoffrey Hiller. The case groans under the eminence of the politicos and royal connections involved and the weight of its staggering complexities--did Sir Ralph Mickledore, who was executed for the murder, pull the trigger at the instigation of Cissy? why did Cissy, who never denied her guilt, suddenly seek parole 13 years after her conviction and just as suddenly abandon it? why is the witness whose long-suppressed testimony abruptly freed Cissy found dead?--but the salt-and-pepper inquiries of Dalziel and Pascoe, especially a flying trip that leads to the tabloid headline ``CROCODILE DALZIEL,'' are pure pleasure. Not quite the equal of the sterling Bones and Silence (1990), but several lengths ahead of the current competition. -- Copyright ©1992, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Customer Reviews

Reginald Hill's books on Dalziel/Pascoe make me laugh.
K. L Sadler
His wit and literary references is sprinkled throughout the plot, and dialogue. characterizations are personable and comical and psychologically adept.
Cassandra
The presence of too many characters may have been a slight letdown, but at least Hill gave them all a reason to be included.
Brian J. Oneill

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By K. L Sadler VINE VOICE on June 6, 2002
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Reginald Hill's books on Dalziel/Pascoe make me laugh. One of the best things that can be said about any author is that they make you laugh! If they can do it while spinning a pretty good plot in the mystery genre, they have my admiration. Hill's cop-duet are an odd couple. I know the prevalence of 'odd couples' in mysteries has been done and overdone, but Hill brings a breath of fresh air to the genre with these two. I know I couldn't possibly stand either Dalziel or Pascoe alone through a whole book, hence they play off of one another to keep the reader interested and the plot interesting.
Now granted, every once in a while Hill feels he has to authenticate his cops with language I would prefer not to read. But...having been around some military and a few cops, I would not be surprised if they do talk like this except around women and children. Hill's books have enough good writing to make up for the occasional lapse into raunchy language.
This book combines not just a murder mystery but also incorporates a bit of the spy genre in here, as it involves both American CIA and British royalty in the murder. The plot becomes convoluted throughout the book since the people originally in the house at the time of the 'accidental' shooting not only do not stay in Britain, but they don't even stay married to the same people. It's a bit of a strain at times keeping people separated, but worth it.
I got a huge kick out of Dalziel's visit to America, and much of the language. I always have wished I had the knack of someone like Dalziel, who is an older British curmudgeon, to administer dry, humorous put-downs...I am not sure if someone like him would make it in the 'real world' without more diplomatic abilities than he seems willing to be bothered with...so he really does need Pascoe to smooth things over and 'cover his rear'.
A totally enjoyable reading...
Karen Sadler
University of Pittsburgh
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By "scottish_lawyer" on July 11, 2000
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For some reason 1963 is a landmark year in British culture. Kim Philby defected. The Profumo affair (prostitutes and politicians - a potent mix) broke. And, as Philip Larkin had it "Sexual intercourse began in nineteen sixty three between the end of the Chatterley ban and the Beatles first LP". The era is revisited in a number of novels, including John LAwton's A Little White Death. Recalled to Life is Reginald Hill's take on the era.
Hill is one of the finest contemporary genre writers. His Dalziel and Pascoe series is a long running police procedural series that rarely flags, due not only to the stength of the central characters (well drawn, and believably human, they are the bull like Superintendent Andy Dalziel, and sensitive graduate Inspector Peter Pascoe), but also the variety and deft characterisation of the peripheral characters (be they regulars like Sergeant Edgar Wield (a gay police officer), or Pascoe's wife Ellie a former sociology lecturer). Sometimes, though, all does not work as it should. In my view this is one such novel.
The novel begins with the release of Cissy Kohler from prison. She had been convicted of a country house murder in 1963, where in attendance were a prominent politician, an industrialist, a distant royal relative, and an American "diplomat" (together with assorted spouses, nannies and children). Dalziel was involved in the original investigation, and becomes involved in reassessing the investigation. His investigations take him to the United States, where his Yorkshire based brand of zero tolerance sees him featured on the front of a newspaper as "Crocodile Dalziel".
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Blue in Washington TOP 1000 REVIEWER on October 18, 2008
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"Recalled to Life" is one of the best and most challenging books of the Dalziel and Pascoe series and ultimately, one of the most enjoyable for the reader. The story revolves around the release from prison of a nanny involved in a 1960s sex/murder case involving A-list personalities in a manor house setting. The newly freed (and exonerated) woman creates a serious disturbance in the social and political equilibria which eventually leads to the entrance of the indomitable duo of Dalziel and Pascoe onto the scene.

The story that follows is one of author Reginald Hill's most creative labyrinths yet. Another great strength of this Dalziel and Pascoe novel is its ongoing humor, which goes into high gear when Dalziel follows the crime trail to America and collides with American English and Southern cooking.

Reginald Hill has no peer in mystery writing and his novels' characters are almost always flawlessly drawn and presented. He rarely insults or disappoints his readers, and with "Recalled to Life," he has only reinforced his reputation as one of the finest living authors of any genre practicing his trade today.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Robert Bennett on January 30, 2001
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A good read but keep a dictionary handy. I've never seen ectopic, boscage, and tesselated in one sentence before.
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I think it's safe for me to say that this is my favourite Dalziel and Pascoe mystery since I began this series. That is saying a lot since I really have enjoyed each and every book up to this one. This one is a winner for me because of a number of reasons. The first is the humour that Hill displays throughout the book. It is actually "laugh-out-loud" funny. Some of the Dalzielisms are absolutely priceless. Secondly is Dalziel's trip to the States. This also crosses over to the humourous since Dalziel is really like a fish out of water in busy New York City. Thirdly, but certainly not the last reason, is that this is a really good story with lots of intrigue, mystery and a wonderfully tight plot. Dazliel has enlisted Pascoe's aid in attempting to prove beyond a doubt that Dalziel's old mentor was right with the way that he solved a case in 1963. So it is a Cold Case book, but it's different too since Dalziel and Pascoe are operating independently in trying to prove that the right person was hanged for a murder. And they have to do this while under the noses of what Dalziel calls the "silly buggers" or the spooks of the world who are so busy trying to protect ancient information that they will stop at almost nothing. As much as I loved this book, I wouldn't recommend reading it unless you've read at least some of the books written before this one since it would be difficult to follow and wouldn't put readers into the picture as the "world according to Andy" that is so wonderfully portayed in this book.
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Reginald Hill has been widely published both in England and the United States. He received Britain's most coveted mystery writers award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel/Pascoe series.

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