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Bones and Silence (1990)

de Reginald Hill

Sèrie: Dalziel and Pascoe (11)

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Detective Dalziel is busy being sick in a bucket. Raising his head, he sees a movement in a neighbour's window and could swear he is witnessing a murder. Is it the string of double whiskys playing games with his eyes, or is it for real and if so, who is the murderer and who is the victim?
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Maybe even 4.5*... I liked the way the main plot was interwoven with the secondary mystery of the 'Dark Lady'. I was certain that I had spotted who the Dark Lady was but in the end was shown to be wrong (though my guess wasn't a bad one).

I loved the writing in this book and may end up reading this whole series. The one major obstacle to my deciding to do that is that I find Dalziel so very unappealing. It isn't just his vulgarity but also his rotten behaviour to his colleagues and sometimes questionable methods. I have watched the TV adaptation and Dalziel is even worse in the book! However, the team of crass DSI Dalziel, college-educated DI Peter Pascoe & gay DS Wield makes for an interesting cross-section.

One small detail - I was surprised by how tall Eileen Chung was (75 inches = 6'3"), especially as her mother was Malaysian and Asian women averaged a height of ~5' even into the 1990s. It was mentioned a few times during the book and each time I was startled. ( )
  leslie.98 | Jun 30, 2020 |
I really enjoy the audiobooks of the Dalziel and Pasco series that are read by Brian Glover. Great accent, although it's occasionally hard to decipher, but the voices are great.

Dalziel witnesses the murder of a woman. Problem is that his story doesn't match those of others present in the room. As one would expect, his badgering and harassment soon reveals a host of nefarious activities.There's a side plot, the outcome of which I found a bit bizarre and unsatisfying. A woman has written to Dalziel that she intends to commit suicide and there i an underlying challenge for him to find her. He dismisses, it and it remains for Pasco, at the very end of the book to discover the woman's identity. In the meantime, Dalziel has been cast as God (!) in a local play.

Several readers have complained the book is not one of Hill's best and that the book drags. The beauty of the series is in the language, ribaldry, and the characters and their interactions. ( )
  ecw0647 | Jul 15, 2017 |
Chief Superintendent Dalziel witnesses the shooting death of a woman from his kitchen window; it appears to him that either the woman’s husband or lover killed her. But when questioned about the events, both men swear the woman killed herself and what Dalziel saw was each of them trying to get the gun away from her before it went off. When it turns out that the woman was a rich American and that the husband has serious financial problems, Dalziel’s suspicions ratchet up even higher, but he just can’t seem to get anybody to believe him…. I began reading Reginald Hill’s "Bones and Silence" immediately after finishing the previous book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series because of events in that book, which unfortunately weren’t really answered with this one. Never mind; it’s a rollicking story and there’s a marvelous sub-plot about a Mystery Play being performed in town with Dalziel serving as God Himself, which is quite a hoot. Recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Dec 17, 2016 |
Bones and Silence by Reginald Hill - very good

In direct opposition to my OCD nature, I haven't read all the Dalziel and Pascoe books in order ie starting at #1 and working through. Having said that, the ones I have read, I've read in published order. There is a reason for mentioning that: they get better. Now I'm not sure if the writing is better (don't think so, it's always been well written, some lovely turn of phrase) or because the era moves on and it is
less grating. The early books were written and set in the 70s and the attitudes to women etc were really grating. This one was written in 1990 and won the Gold Dagger award. It is still 'of its era' and it is quite entertaining to remember the days when it was acceptable to drink in your lunch break and smoke at the desk.

The story itself is clever. Two differing plots: a mystery woman, contemplating suicide and writing to Dalziel anonymously & the death of a woman witnessed at a distance by him - he thinks it's murder, everyone else, an accident. Alongside this, he is asked to take part in the Mystery Plays being performed over the bank holiday.

So what about Pascoe? He has just returned from extended sick leave (following an accident at the end of the last book I read) and finding his feet both literally and at work. Between them, they solve everything (of course!) but not without a few twists and turns. I was quite blase about who the mystery woman was. Of course, that was the Author's 'plant' and I was quite wrong.

Well deserved of its Gold Dagger and its place on the List of The Guardian's 1000
best novels http://www.guardian.co.uk/books/2009/jan/23/bestbooks-fiction ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
The one with the Mystery Play. Dalziel witnesses a murder from his bedroom but what he saw doesn't match the accused man's testimony. Another rattling good mystery, complicated but believable. Lots of humorous stuff with Dalziel being his usual self, up to the very end, which suddenly shifted gears in a way that was surprising, shocking, and utterly sad. I need to go back and re-read for the clues I missed. ( )
  piemouth | Jul 10, 2014 |
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"We insist, it seems, on living. Then again, indifference descends. The roar of the traffic, the passage of undifferentiated faces, this way and that way, drugs me into dreams; rubs features from faces. People might walk through me ... We are only lightly covered with buttoned cloth; and beneath these pavements are shells, bones and silence." --Virginia Woolf: The Waves
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Detective Dalziel is busy being sick in a bucket. Raising his head, he sees a movement in a neighbour's window and could swear he is witnessing a murder. Is it the string of double whiskys playing games with his eyes, or is it for real and if so, who is the murderer and who is the victim?

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