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A Cure For All Diseases (Dalziel & Pascoe #23)

really liked it 4.0  ·  Rating Details ·  1,278 Ratings  ·  147 Reviews
The highly anticipated return of Dalziel and Pascoe, the hugely popular police duo and stars of the long-running BBC TV series, in a new psychological thriller.
Hardcover, TV tie-in, 535 pages
Published March 3rd 2008 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published 2008)
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Mar 07, 2012 Karen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime, united-kingdom
To begin with, I have one confession and one warning. Reginald Hill is my absolute favourite author. I could read his shopping list and rave about it, so I have no pretence here of objectivity.

Now the warning. If you have yet to read Reginald Hill’s DEATH OF DALZIEL (published in the U.S.A. under the title Death Comes for the Fat Man) then stop right now. Don’t read any further, because it is impossible to write a review of A CURE FOR ALL DISEASES without creating a spoiler for Hill’s previous D
Jill Hutchinson
One of my favorite British mystery series is Dalziel and Pascoe and this one does not disappoint. In the book immediately preceding this one, Dalziel is almost killed by a terrorist bomb. But it appears nothing can kill Fat Andy, so this book begins as he is a patient in a rehabilitation center, recovering from his injuries.

The author uses a little different format for this series entry as it is written in the form of e-mails and taped conversations, interspersed with regular narrative. At firs

Part epistolary novel [in emails] owing more to Agatha Christie than to Jane Austen, with far too many characters and an entertaing, convoluted plot. Had Hill divided the cast in half and then in half again, we could have come to know the characters [BIG SPOILER] (view spoiler)

In spite of its surplus of potential culprits and creaky resolution, I enjoyed the heck out of this book
Mar 30, 2009 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The author has taken the last unfinished novel of Jane Austen (Sandition) and set it in 21st century England. Instead of local gentry, sea cures and bathing machines, we find local gentry and development and planning to make "Sandytown" the capital of the healthy holiday.

Hill follows Austen conventions to a point - the heroine finds true love, but the main business of the novel is murder and its investigation by Daziel and Pascoe.

The novel contains its usual facsinating insights into character
Apr 03, 2008 Laura rated it it was amazing
Just finished this, and, well, as usual I'm elated at having found another good Dalziel/Pascoe and sad that this one's over. Unlike some writers (coughMarthaGrimescough), Hill hasn't gotten stale. He's even changed his writing style and pacing, so the books aren't formulaic. This one is almost epistolary (e-mail and digital recordings rather than actual letters) and while I suspected the actual culprit, it wasn't until the end that I knew... or did I? This isn't a clean/tidy solution case, it's ...more
Leslie Jem
Jul 24, 2011 Leslie Jem rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This book picks up where Death come for the Fat Man left off. I enjoyed the variety of ways the story unfolded; as emails, transcripts of recordings, and basic narrative. There were lots of twists and turns, and they were resolved satisfactorily in the end. Reginald Hill is a great writer.
Paul Patterson
Nov 18, 2009 Paul Patterson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my night read from 11:30PM - around 1:00AM. I often wake up at three and do some owl reading as well. The book suits this light but engaging and wonderful peek into English mystery.
Mar 02, 2009 Judy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I seem to be giving a lot of books a 4 star rating lately. Maybe I'm feeling generous, maybe I've just been reading a lot of good books. If you have never read a Reginald Hill book, don't start with this one. This is the 23rd book in the series and relationships develop along the way and there is quite a lot of references to earlier books. The other problem with the book (discounting the fact that it's 500 pages long) is that about half of the book is told through a major character emailing her ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Susan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This episode in the Dalziel and Pascoe series is a clever update of an ancient plot. Lady Daphne Denham is so annoying that when she turns up dead, it is hard to find anyone who doesn’t have a motive. The murder takes place in the burgeoning health resort of Sandytown where Det. Supt. Dalziel is recovering from the wounds acquired in a terrorist attack in the previous book. The psychologist in charge of his case has given him a digital recorder and part of the fun of the novel is hearing events ...more
Jun 29, 2010 Shannon rated it did not like it
After about 50 pages, I couldn't get into this book and didn't see myself getting into it within another 50 pages or so (100 pages being my normal predictor of whether I'll be able to finish a book or not). The writing style just really bugged me, particularly the chapters that were written in email format. Those chapters were written in a real life kind of way, complete with misspellings, incomplete sentences, random abbreviations, and in general, the way that a lot of people talk, I suppose. B ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Richard rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For parts of the book, the author uses the literary contrivance of showing his readers e-mail messages sent from a young lady in Yorkshire to her sister who is working as a nurse in Africa. It reads like Young Adult romance fiction with a measure of gossip. I found it unappealing.

No crime is committed until 165 pages into a 477-page book. I almost quit reading the story before I got that far. It was very dull and boring. The ending is unsatisfying. The author seems to be experimenting with diffe
Nov 09, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
If you're looking for a light read that you can pick up at any time, this is a good choice. If you're looking for an intelligent and fascinating storyline that keeps you on the edge of your seat, keep looking.

Hill tries to utilize a disjointed, postmodern style of writing to tell the story from the point of view of Charlotte. This style can be used very effectively (see Douglas Coupland's JPod), but can also be obnoxious (see this text). Never before have I read a paragraph containing nearly tw
This was a slow starter and it is part of a series of books. It did get rather good toward the end as the pace picked up. HOWEVER, there were TOO many twists and turns of plot, prompting me to flip frantically back and forth between pages to see which character I had missed at a crucial placement. Turns out that three with the same last name was just too much, it all blurs at that bit. I may read another by this author, but not for a while. I enjoy a slower revelation, rather than everything all ...more
Feb 21, 2009 Kate rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was fine, not nearly as good as his best. I literally skipped the first 160 pages or so (up til the second part) because the fonts types and stylized email writing were nearly impossible to read. You can get away with bad grammer and punctuation in an email because they are short. Ten page 'emails' with no punctuation are nearly unreadable and certainly annoying. Skipping this many pages did not affect my ability to read the rest of the mystery, which I feel backs me up on my assertion that ...more
Nadine Wiseman
Jan 11, 2015 Nadine Wiseman rated it it was amazing
Dalziel returns from the dead to insert himself, not strictly speaking as a detective, but an irascible convalescent bystander, into Pascoe's investigation. With a Christie-esque set of characters at a barbecue where the victim is offed, and the reappearance of one of Andy's favourite bête noires, this brilliant series continues with the same earthy Yorkshire humour as ever.
Jan 08, 2010 Teresa rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Of the many Reginald Hill books I have read this is my least favorite. Dalziel is even more crude in his thoughts than his spoken word if such can be imagined. The first time reader would find Pascoe colorless.
Jan 06, 2009 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love Reginald Hill, despite the fact that he's been becoming more and more fanciful lately. But still. This one is OK, but way too long (you get a sense that he really likes his characters and has a hard time giving them up). The mystery is not particularly compelling, but OK.
Jun 04, 2017 Millicent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the best in this excellent series. Just don't start with this one if you're new to Dalziel & Pascoe -- continuation of a long running backstory and relationship is a big part of what makes this book so enjoyable.
Hilary. Mccarthy
Mar 06, 2017 Hilary. Mccarthy rated it really liked it
A slow start to this book with a very detailed build up of characters.
Thought I was not going to like the email/ recorded narrative but soon settled into it.
Easy to read but quite complex in plot , amusing too
A great read .
Lisa Stammers
Mar 21, 2017 Lisa Stammers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Can there really be only one book to go in this truly wonderful series? Say it isn't so!!!
Jun 11, 2017 bobsherwood rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Typical Reginald Hill. So nice---I read it twice !
Dec 17, 2009 Joyce rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of british mysteries
Shelves: mystery, fiction
This new Dalziel/Pascoe mystery by Reginald Hill takes Supt. Andy Dalziel (pronounced DeeEll), who's convalescing from the bomb that put him in a coma in the last book, to Avalon Convalescent Home in Sandytown, a sleepy little coastal village in Yorkshire. Sandytown is a coming place what with the Avalon hospital facilities, a new hotel and healthful sea air. Members of the leading families, the Hollises, the Parkers and the Denhams, hope that attracting alternative medical practitioners such as ...more
May 16, 2009 Nikki rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries, fiction
A writer who has a long series with the same characters can go several ways with it. Agatha Christie, who supposedly got to despise Poirot, still kept writing the books more or less the same, varying the plots but without much change in Poirot's character. Margaret Maron, for one example, varies her series on Judge Deborah Knott by occasionally having the Judge sent to help out in other districts, but also by tracing changes in Deborah's personal life and character. Reginald Hill, who has been w ...more
Nov 14, 2008 aarthi marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
"If Austen Wrote E-Mail" (NYTimes review) - Reginald Hill, that most playful of genre authors, fancies himself a latter-day Jane Austen in THE PRICE OF BUTCHER’S MEAT (Harper, $26.95), an English mystery-of-manners set in Sandytown, a fictional resort on the Yorkshire coast, and satirizing inbred families obsessed with money and matrimony. Deploying a leisurely-paced epistolary style and a busy plot stuffed with dodgy inheritances, romantic mismatches and bountiful afternoon teas, Hill pulls off ...more
May 25, 2011 rabbitprincess rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of the series, esp. fans of austen
Shelves: bibliotheque, 2011
This was a real treat to read. I really enjoyed the narrative structure -- e-mail observations from sharp-eyed psychologist-in-training Charley Heywood, tape-recorded observations from the always amusing (if often horrifying) Andy Dalziel, and of course third-person narration to fill in the rest. The extensive use of first person for the first "volume" of the book really drew me in, especially to Charley. Her personality really shone through in those e-mails, with clever turns of phrase, family ...more
Jul 02, 2008 Sunnie rated it it was amazing
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Kirsty Darbyshire
Dec 08, 2010 Kirsty Darbyshire rated it liked it
Shelves: hardback
As soon as I started reading this I knew that I wouldn't have to look very far to find a bad review of it. And sure enough there are several up on already complaining about the fact that the first few chapters switch between badly spelt and punctuated emails and transcribed dictation.

I can't say that I mind that myself. The book does get down to regular narrative fiction after a while (it does switch back to email and dictation throughout) and I like reading an author who does somet
Oct 19, 2009 Wendy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Most mystery series eventually get boring. The only exceptions I've found are Elizabeth George's and Reginald Hill's. I don't think Butcher's Meat is as strong as his previous book, but it's still miles ahead of most. The email/recorded voice conceit was annoying me until I realized the book is a version of Sanditon. So it's a modern epistolary novel. But the misspellings and dashes of Charley's emails were wearing, and getting such big chunks of Dalziel's voice just pointed out how unlikely it ...more
i refrained from giving a star rating to this book because i have not managed to actually read it. i won this on a goodreads giveaway - my first one i entered - i was so excited!! and a mystery at that!!

i sat down with it once it arrived to fulfill my duties as a giveaway recipient - read it quickly and post a requisite review.

i think i will eventually go back to this title and read it through, but i think i might go back to earlier reginald hill titles first to get some background on this serie
Jan 02, 2009 Cece rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
After my initial annoyance over the oft-changing narrators, I did settle in and enjoy this book. It is part of Hill's Dalziel and Pascoe series, and I feel I enjoyed it all the more because I had read the others. Knowing how the characters have matured or aged, and how the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoe has evolved to this point added immensely to my enjoyment. But this could stand alone-he works enough backstory info into the telling. The mystery and denoument are text-book Hill...the ...more
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Reginald Charles Hill is a contemporary English crime writer, and the winner in 1995 of the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.

After National Service (1955-57) and studying English at St Catherine's College, Oxford University (1957-60) he worked as a teacher for many years, rising to Senior Lecturer at Doncaster College of Education. In 1980 he retired from
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Dalziel & Pascoe (1 - 10 of 24 books)
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  • An April Shroud (Dalziel & Pascoe, #4)
  • A Pinch of Snuff (Dalziel & Pascoe, #5)
  • A Killing Kindness (Dalziel & Pascoe, #6)
  • Deadheads (Dalziel & Pascoe, #7)
  • Exit Lines (Dalziel & Pascoe, #8)
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