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The changes wrought in the Yorkshire Dales village of Enscombe are being brought about by market forces that tradition cannot stem. Each Lady Day the villagers gather to feast and pay old debts and the CID trio know there's going to be trouble.
©1994 Reginald Hill (P)2014 Audible, Inc.

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A Great De-al of Delight

Like the previous reviewer this was my first Dalziel and Pascoe Audio listen. I've read (+ re-read)the whole series by Reginald Hill and wasn't sure if the audio version by one reader would match my expectations. What a pleasant surprise - the narrative bowls along, the characters are distinct and believable - and what a joy are those touches of humour throughout. Loved it - and will be treating myself to more, soon. If you yet have to visit Reginald Hill's Yorkshire - buy yourself this audio book and sit back and enjoy the journey.

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Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 14

Having avidly followed the television series, this was my first read and I enjoyed it just as much, if not more. The characters are so 'real' and the narrator brings them to life beautifully along with the setting. It was very entertaining and funny in places - I actually laughed out loud. I shall certainly be reading other Dalziel and Pascoe.

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Another enjoyable read

I am have become a much bigger fan of Dalziel and Pascoe through listening to the books than watching the television series. I can see in my mind how the village is and the portrayal of people as described and I particularly like to find out more about Sergeant Wield's beginnings of a new relationship.

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A gem

I discovered Reginald Hill through his excellent book "The Woodcutter". Having never watched the TV series I was not sure what to expect from Dalziel & Pascoe, but decided to give them a try. I'm now hooked on their exploits and this book is a gem. Colin Buchanan's reading is first class.

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A complete delight

I’m not sure I can articulate how much I love this book. The Dalziel and Pascoe novels are generally very good – solid police procedurals elevated to near brilliance by Hill’s writing. The characters in the series are perfect – loud, fat and boorish Andy Dalziel and the slightly prim university-educated Peter Pascoe. There is also Sgt Edgar Wield, a man with a computer-like brain and a stolid, deadpan character. This novel is unusual in the series because it’s set in a beautiful but slightly batty Yorkshire village so the atmosphere is of the more cosy end of the crime thriller market. The characters in the village are well drawn – despite only appearing in one novel (well, nearly) they are incredibly well drawn, and you get to know them all quickly, which again brings to mind one of the classic Poirot novels. There are also lots of nods to Austen if that’s your thing and if it isn’t, you probably won’t notice them. Another unusual element of this book is that Wield takes centre stage for once and it’s interesting to hear more from him – he is both captivated and bewildered by the village and his personal story advances along with the crime. As ever with D&P novels, it’s great when Andy Dalziel turns up to charm and terrify the villagers as only he can. The case involves a local missing policeman, but it soon spirals out to several mysteries and as with all good Agatha Christie’s, everyone has something to hide.

I’ve read this book maybe 5 or 6 times and I was delighted to find the audible version. It’s read by Colin Buchanan who played Pascoe in the tv series and he’s the perfect narrator. My only disappointment was that it ended – it’s such a delight.

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  • 08-06-21

What a treat!

What a great writer Reginald Hill was. I’ve read a lot of the Dalziel and Pascoe books but somehow missed this one. I really enjoyed it . A bit different as Less Dalziel and Pascoe and more about Sergeant Weald , set in an odd village in Yorkshire. Bit of a romp, good fun although it begins with a shocking start !

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recommend

loved it, it was very well narated, if you like dalziel and pascoe you will enjoy this

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Excellent

I'm very fond of all of the Dalziel and Pascoe books but this has to be my favourite.

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Pictures Of Perfection

This is the best yet in the series and I can’t wait to download the next.

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Unexpected

Unexpectedly funny and charming, a good yarn with engaging characters and clever situations. It kept me so engaged I lost almost three nights sleep.

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  • Anniebligh
  • 09-08-09

A Good Listen

Reginald Hill and Colin Buchanan combine well in this delightful 'Who is going to do it?'
Intrigue, a missing person, a friendly publican who sells an excellent game pie, a pastry cook, bikers and skirmish, the local minister, a beautiful woman, long standing fueds and an annual town get together. Who owns the local school and the minister's residence? Will the town have to sell the Villiage Green to save their school and who will inherit the Squire's property?. Add to this 'the striker' and a garden shed, blood in the car and on the rug and the rich aroma of herbs coming from the bookseller's bathroom and yes 'a picture of perfection' does emerge.
A good 4 star listen.

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  • Gail
  • 06-08-13

Perfect

Each Reginald Hill novel has left me with a wry smile on my lips and a feeling of admiration for a truly literate writer. Pictures of Perfection is one of Hills very best, his demise is a sad loss to the reading public.