21 November 2010

Review: CHILD'S PLAY, Reginald Hill - audio

Written in 1986, #9 in the Dalziel & Pascoe series
Downloaded from Audible.com
Reader is Colin Buchanan
LENGTH 8 hrs and 53 mins

Publisher's blurb
When a battered Ford Escort containing one very dead Italian turns up in the police car park, Peter Pascoe and his bloated superior Dalziel, are plunged into an investigation that makes internal police politics look like child's play.

If it had been my job to write the publisher's blurb, then mine would have looked more like this one from Amazon:
A half-dotty old Yorkshire widow dies, throwing her relations into confusion with a will that leaves her wealth to a son missing in action in World War II. If he's not found by 2015, the fortune will be divided among charities for animals, the needy and Women for Empire. A man resembling the long-lost son appears and disappears. Officials of the charities, surviving relatives and the deceased's lawyer begin a complicated bargaining dance.  A top cop campaigns to become Chief Constable. A young drifter enters the life of Sgt. Wield, forcing him to a decision about his homosexuality. There are a couple of apparently unrelated murders. Supt. Dalziel sorts it all out in his usual boorish, intuitive, irreverent way. He's helped by youthful, (relatively) cultured Inspector Pascoe, stolid Sgt. Wield and by Lexie Huby, a young, mousy legal secretary with lots of surprises.

If you are a fan of Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe series, then you've probably already read this one. It is yet another very engaging performance from Hill. I was struck by how he builds the plot from parallel investigations by his detective duo. At times they rub sparks off each other, and just as you are thinking what a clever clogs Peter Pascoe is, you come to the realisation that Andy Dalziel is already two steps ahead of him. Pascoe methodically dots the i's and crosses the t's, while Fat Andy effortlessly surges ahead with impressive intuition.

Most enjoyable, with an excellent narration by Colin Buchanan who plays Peter Pascoe in the TV series.

My rating: 4.5


Margot Kinberg said...

Kerrie - Thanks for this fine review. I do like Dalziel and Pascoe, so I'm glad you enjoyed this one :-). Interesting, too, isn't it, how the narration can make such a difference.

Heartbeatoz said...

Currently listening to Under World #10 in the Series and Colin Buchanan really does does do a great job of narrating these Books also like Shaun Dooley's Narration too with a Genuine Yorkshire Accent.


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