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An April Shroud (1975)

de Reginald Hill

Sèrie: Dalziel and Pascoe (4)

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Superintendent Dalziel falls for the recently bereaved Mrs Fielding's ample charms, and has to be rescued from a litter of fresh corpses by Inspector Pascoe. Superintendent Andy Dalziel's holiday runs into trouble when he gets marooned by flood water. Rescued and taken to nearby Lake House, he discovers all is not well: the owner has just died tragically and the family fortunes are in decline. He also finds himself drawn to attractive widow, Bonnie Fielding. But several more deaths are to follow. And by the time Pascoe gets involved, it looks like the normally hard-headed Dalziel might have compromised himself beyond redemption.… (més)
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I was definitely "meh" about this book. Has all the ists - racist, sexist classist and the mystery just didn't hold my attention. ( )
  infjsarah | May 18, 2019 |
As "An April Shroud" begins, Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe is celebrating his wedding to Ellie, and Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel decides to take himself off on a holiday, hoping that it will dispel the depression he has been experiencing. When his car is bogged down on a flooded road, he seeks help at a nearby house, which turns out to be full of very strange people indeed, all of whom are involved in a restaurant project that is attracting all the wrong attention: the attention of thieves, embezzlers and maybe a murderer, too…. I recently was feeling rather down on Reginald Hill’s books because of the inherent sexism of the times in which they were written, so I put off reading this fourth novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, but I found that I thoroughly enjoyed this outing, after all. It’s very funny, and there is a lot of pointed commentary on the British class system, which was a lot of fun. But wow, did people back then drink like fish! Recommended. ( )
  thefirstalicat | May 18, 2016 |
This book turned out to be somewhat timely from a meteorological standpoint, being set in a very waterlogged, flood-ridden part of Lincolnshire. Pascoe has gone on honeymoon and Dalziel is at a loose end. After getting his car stuck on a flooded road, Dalziel witnesses an unusual funeral procession moving by boat instead of by car, meets the family and ends up rather more closely enfolded into the group than he was expecting. In this way he ends up starting to investigate the death of the person who had been honoured with the funeral procession.

This is the fourth book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series and is a more sedate entry than some I recall. Hill takes his time setting up the family dynamic and allowing the members to become accustomed to and confide in Dalziel. I liked watching Dalziel work, but it was also good to see Pascoe again when he finally got back from honeymoon (and their reunion is quite memorable). I would recommend this one only if you've read another book in the series first. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Mar 12, 2014 |
Ironically, the TV series featuring Dalziel and Pascoe retitled this book “Autumn Shroud.” I hate it when they do that. I’m a huge fan of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels.

Following Pascoe’s wedding to Ellie, Andy is off on a two-week holiday but he has no idea what to do with himself other than drive around and when his car breaks down he finds himself intrigued by a family burying a father and husband in a singularly emotionless fashion. In his inimitable way, he insinuates himself into their house, not to mention the widow, and discovers a nice little mystery on which to work his magic. Pascoe hardly makes an appearance in this novel, so Andy’s personal foibles and detective talents are showcased.

In one scene, so unlike the protagonist hero-worship of most novels, Dalziel and Bonnie go to bed together and it’s really quite a funny scene, with Bonnie almost making fun of him. Then again, as he notes, his idea of foreplay, when he was married, was a six-pack.

First rate Hill novel. Very ably read by Colin Buchanan who plays Pascoe in the TV series. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Finally seeing some of Dalziel's personal side unfortunately with very little Pascoe in the mix. I found the numerous characters a bit confusing but I was reading multiple books at the same time so I can't put it all on the book. Overall I'm enjoying the series and look forward to further developments. ( )
  Marshrat | Aug 28, 2011 |
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...the melancholy fit shall fall/ Sudden from heaven like a weeping cloud/ That fosters the droop-headed flowers all/ And hides the green hill in an April shroud --John Keats

De'il and Dalziel begin with ane letter/ The de'ils nae guid and Dalziel's nae better. --Old Galloway Saying
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Superintendent Dalziel falls for the recently bereaved Mrs Fielding's ample charms, and has to be rescued from a litter of fresh corpses by Inspector Pascoe. Superintendent Andy Dalziel's holiday runs into trouble when he gets marooned by flood water. Rescued and taken to nearby Lake House, he discovers all is not well: the owner has just died tragically and the family fortunes are in decline. He also finds himself drawn to attractive widow, Bonnie Fielding. But several more deaths are to follow. And by the time Pascoe gets involved, it looks like the normally hard-headed Dalziel might have compromised himself beyond redemption.

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