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An Advancement of Learning

de Reginald Hill

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Sèrie: Dalziel and Pascoe (2)

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All is not well at Holm Coultram College. All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches' sabbaths, a body buried under a statue. Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn't feel murder fits in here - let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that's exactly what they find...… (més)
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Holm Coultram College is expanding, and to make way for a new building, the administration has decided to uproot a memorial to a former professor. This is upsetting on its own merits for some of the faculty, but it becomes a much more widespread cause for distress when the removal of the statue and its concrete base reveals bones beneath—the actual bones of the memorialized professor. How did she get under there when she was supposed to have died in Austria? What secrets surround her murder that would lead to the deaths of others on campus? Can Dalziel and Pascoe solve the case without causing an outright riot?

This is the second book in the series, and it’s pretty good. Some of the Dalziel and Pascoe books play around with form and structure, which can become rather complex, but this one is a straightforward case. That said, I didn’t guess whodunnit but was mostly OK with going along for the ride. I did roll my eyes a bit at some of the 70s attitudes toward women, but fortunately the most obnoxious people of that stripe got their just deserts.

This is a good choice if you’re looking to try out the series and perhaps if you like Morse — the college setting is a bit Oxford-feeling, even though this book is set in Yorkshire. ( )
  rabbitprincess | Oct 12, 2019 |
Written in the early 1970s and it shows cos it's dreadfully sexist. But it was still very readable. It's interesting that I didn't write this review until I'd finished another crime book written recently and this one is far better written despite the sexism. ( )
  infjsarah | Mar 18, 2016 |
This is the fourth of the Dalziel & Pascoe books that I've read & I've been dotting backwards & forwards in time, so the relationship between them & between Pascoe & Ellie has been a little disjointed. Revisiting my thoughts when I read the last one...

I read the first in the series 'A Clubbable Woman' and really disliked both leads. I then read 'Ruling Passion' and it totally turned me around in that both Dalziel and Pascoe were more rounded characters and more sympathetic. 'A Pinch of Snuff' had me back at square one in that I didn't like either of them (and the subject matter even less!!) but I had more on my TBR pile (they were all given to me by a friend) and so turned to the next, cronologically, in my possession which was Underworld - I really enjoyed that one.

This time I'm back near the beginning as this is the 2nd in the series. In spite of that, I found this one very enjoyable. I'm starting to suspect that it's not the maturity of the writing or of the characters and their relationships, but the subject matter and adjusting to the era. This book, like all the others I've read so far, is a period piece, written and set in the 1970's and the language and attitudes are all perfectly pitched for that time: sexism is rife, feminism is in it's early stages & ridiculed by 'working men' but supported by academics, smoking in the workplace, drinking and driving, drinking at lunchtime are all socially acceptable.

The setting is a college campus. When a memorial statue is moved to make way for expansion, a body is found and our two leads arrive to investigate. They find a mixed bunch of academics: old stagers set in their ways and old fashioned, mixed in with a younger more progressive generation including Pascoe's old girlfriend Ellie. The students are stereotypically long haired hippie types with the odd left wing radical, mixed up in a cult of personality led by Franny Roote the head of the Students Union and Stuart Cockshut the chief rabble rouser.

Relationships between staff and students are reasonable, but the presence of the Police, and in particular Dalziel, is like the proverbial cat amongst the pigeons. We move through the investigation, the inevitable second corpse, and the equally inevitable denouement and apprehension of the killer.

Yet another nice easy read, a few evenings saw me through it without effort (and once again was an antidote to yet another difficult chapter of The Almost Moon - will I ever finish it!?). Coincidently, as I logged my completion online, I noticed that the author had passed away the day before. ( )
  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
In An Advancement of Learning, by Reginald Hill, Superintendent Dalziel and Sergeant Pascoe are summoned to Holm Coultram College when a corpse is found buried underneath a statue of the former Principal of the College. When it turns out to be the corpse of that same Principal, who it had been believed had died in an avalanche in Austria some years earlier, Dalziel and Pascoe realize that they have a murder on their hands, and precious little information available to solve it.... This is the second Dalziel and Pascoe novel and, like the first, there's quite a bit of casual sexism found throughout, a fact attributable to its 1971 publication date. If one can overlook that social ill, this is a fun read with a lot of interesting and entertaining characters. We also see the relationship between the two main characters beginning to evolve, which I prefer to those series in which the characters remain unchanged from book to book. It will take some doing, but hopefully we'll be able to unearth the entire series eventually, as Hill's writing is quite enjoyable. Recommended! ( )
  thefirstalicat | Jun 21, 2015 |
When a statue is moved and the body of a woman who was supposed to have died in Austria five years before appears Dalziel and Pascoe are called to the scene. I’ve always liked books set in college or similarly cloistered settings and this one has the usual array of oddball academics. Quite excellent if you enjoy that sort of thing (which I do). ( )
  vlcraven | Jan 4, 2015 |
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All is not well at Holm Coultram College. All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches' sabbaths, a body buried under a statue. Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn't feel murder fits in here - let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that's exactly what they find...

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