Recalled to Life (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #13)

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It was a crime of passion in onc of England's great houses, an open-and-shut case. But thirty years later, when the convicted nanny is freed, then spirited off to America before she can talk, Yorkshire's Superintendent Dalziel retums to the scene of the crime with Inspector Pascoe, determined to dig up the corpus delecti he investigated a generation before. Did the wrong aristocrat hang? Dalziel and Pascoe find decades-old clues that implicate a member of the royal family. When one of their prime leads is found ...
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Overview

It was a crime of passion in onc of England's great houses, an open-and-shut case. But thirty years later, when the convicted nanny is freed, then spirited off to America before she can talk, Yorkshire's Superintendent Dalziel retums to the scene of the crime with Inspector Pascoe, determined to dig up the corpus delecti he investigated a generation before. Did the wrong aristocrat hang? Dalziel and Pascoe find decades-old clues that implicate a member of the royal family. When one of their prime leads is found dead, Dalziel is put "on leave"--and heads for New York to learn what the Nanny knows. Back home, Pascoe walks a thin line, quietly pursuing a case someone is trying to bury. Stiff upper lips do tell tale, but Dalziel and Pascoe discover on both sides of the Atlantic that it's hell on those trying to unearth the truth.

From one of the most highly-regarded masters of the British detective novel comes a first-rate mystery featuring Yorkshire inspectors Dalziel and Pascoe. The Chief Superintendent and his sober-minded associate investigate decades-old clues to a murder implicating a member of the Royal family.

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"Quite simply a near perfect crime novel . . . . Hill gives us a masterful composite of character, crime, and comedy. A delight on every level."
--Booklist.

"A dynamic, surprising mystery! . . . The novel's chief rewards, however, are those of character: Dalziel is a brilliant, bearish delight."
--Publishers Weekly

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A 1963 murder in Great Britain involving ``a royal, a cabinet minister and an American diplomat'' has repercussions decades later for Det. Supt. Andrew Dalziel and Inspector Peter Pascoe in this dynamic, surprising mystery, their 11th escapade. Shortly after the Profumo scandal rocked England, Pamela Westropp, the wife of a distant cousin of the queen, was killed on a hunting weekend at Mickledore Hall in Yorkshire. Her host and lover Ralph Mickledore was convicted of the crime and hanged, while his alleged accomplice Cissy Kohler, the Westropps' American nanny, was sentenced to life in prison. Nearly 30 years later, the suggestion of new evidence brings about Kohler's release; Dalziel, who was a rookie on the case, enlists Pascoe's help in learning what's behind the current interest. Hill's ( Bones and Silence ) gruff and engaging hero takes on CIA and Home Office figures as he follows Kohler to New York City and Williamsburg, Va., where he unravels the threads of the old crime. Though Hill relies too much on coincidence, the complex plot here sustains interest. The novel's chief rewards, however, are those of character: Dalziel is a brilliant, bearish delight and the supporting players, including a brash black woman CIA agent, provide a constant parade of pleasures. BOMC featured alternate. (Oct.)
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.
Peter Robertson
While odd-couple detective teams aren't anything new to crime fiction, they still have drawing power, especially if the chemistry is right. It's very right, indeed, in Reginald Hill's series pairing the rough-and-ready Yorkshire charm of Andrew Dalziel with the hidden canniness and quietly driven focus of his quieter subordinate Peter Pascoe. Their last at-bat, "Bones and Silence" , was just maybe the best ever--until now, that is. "Recalled to Life" is quite simply a near-perfect crime novel. Not only is the rotund Dalziel blustering at full throttle, but readers get the unforgettable bonus of watching what happens when he hits the Big Apple. It isn't all just blowhard British detective versus the borough of Manhattan, though; in a lengthy series of flashbacks to the 1960s, Hill reconstructs the mysterious country-house murder of a young woman. A maid is implicated, and the lord of the manor swings for the crime, the last man to be hanged in Britain. But suddenly, many years later, the maid's guilt isn't quite so obvious, and the career of the copper responsible for the investigation, who just happens to have been Dalziel's mentor, is brought into question. Despite aggravation from his namby-pamby, weak-chinned superiors, Dalziel isn't about to let an old pal's name get dragged through the mud--even if it takes a trip to Gotham to sort things out. Hill gives us a masterful composite of character, crime, and comedy. A delight on every level.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780440215738
  • Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/1993
  • Series: Dalziel and Pascoe Series , #13
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 297,138
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 4.18 (h) x 1.07 (d)

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