When Ellie Pascoe finds herself under threat, the men in her life assume it's because she's married to a cop.
But while they trawl after shoals of red herrings, Ellie is blasted off course with a motley crew of women on a voyage of discovery whose perils make Scylla and Charybdis look like a pair of Barbie dolls.
Irish arms, Colombian drugs, and men who will stop at nothing create a tidal wave which threatens to sweep her away. She heads out of town in search of haven but instead finds herself at the very edge of the storm, in a remote clifftop house undermined by the sea.
Fat Andy eventually smells a Security Service rat and comes steaming to the rescue, but for once it's too little, too late. Ellie's on her own (apart from her Middle England friend, Daphne; an octogenarian aid worker and her vapid secretary; a gorgeous South American money launderer; an ancient crone; and a female cop who gets up her nose) and must reach deep down into her reserves to find the strength to survive.
©1999 Reginald Hill (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
I am not usually a reader of the Dalziel and Pasco novels so I don't know the characters at all, I have listened to the first few chapters and have absolutely no idea what is going on - it is amazingly disjointed and tedious - I have just been to the Amazon feedback, and I am obviously not alone in thinking this book is odd. I am amazed by the high overall rating. There is no way I am willing to give up my time to such a dreary, unfathomable and weird book.
I have read a few of R Hill's OTHER books and have really enjoyed his writing - this one just leaves me flabberghasted.
One to put down to experience I think!
Action, humour, clever.
Always Andy Dalziel
A fine dramatic performance. I find his depictions of women totally believeable, which is not always the case with a man "doing" a female part. He is my favourite narrator of the Dalziel and Pascoe series. More by him please!!
Living in rural tranquility in France. I read everything except readers' l o n g reviews of books.
Regional Hill is a writer of quality - great story line and well constructed characters. Add to this a quality narration and you have very good listen
I found the story totally disjointed. I couldn't follow it.
The most disappointing thing is that I've enjoyed other books in this series and was looking forward to another good read.
The narrator was the only thing that kept me listening
I'd have kept to one story!
This book didn't flow at all and at times I felt the author had a thesaurus at hand and was trying to use as many unusual words as possible.
Boredom. Can't get into the story as a whole which is sad as I have loved all the Dalziel and Pascoe books.
This was so entertaining I couldn't stop listening. Brilliant, funny, engaging - I can't find enough adjectives to encompass this book about men, women, spies, revolutionaries,writers, policemen, writing itself. As good as Kate Atkinson. Plaudits
"a bit carried away"
Reginald Hill's inimitable style, the characters, the settings
all the Dalziel and Pascoe novels
I am always so hungry for Reginald Hill I read avidly whatever is available. This is not his best plot, in fact compared to the gritty realities of the other D and P tales, Arms and Women comes off over the top. Just a little too wild and improbable. However its still Hill, its still Yorkshire and my favorite detectives are at it again. I'm in heaven
and that is saying a lot! Wonderful imagination, funny, touching and true to love and friendship. Truly best of the best.
Yes I would try another
Put more of Daziel in the book
The characters were interesting, but the plot was very slow.
It had a couple of humorous moments in it
I generally like R. Hills books but this was not one of them.
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