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Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe #24)

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  1,399 ratings  ·  147 reviews
It starts with a phone call to Superintendent Dalziel from an old friend asking for help. But where it ends is a very different story. Gina Wolfe has come to mid Yorkshire in search of her missing husband, believed dead. Her fiancee, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met, thinks Dalziel should be able to take care of the job. What none of them realize is how events set in motion ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published 2009 by Harper
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One of the things I love about this series is how Hill keeps the relationships fresh, and how the mysteries do not seem to repeat in tone or nature. Don't get me wrong, there are certain moments that you know will come, certain catch phrases (or catch phrasing) that will be there (eg, the fatness of Dalziel, the education of Pascoe, the ugliness of Wield), but they don't bother me as much as constantly hearing of Nero Wolfe's "eighth of an acre of yellow silk pajamas" did.

And unlike in other se
A new Dalziel and Pascoe novel is always a cause of happiness for me. This one did not disappoint.

After a severe injury that left him in a coma, Andy Dalziel has decided to return to work sooner than advised. He's sure that everyone will be judging him to see if he's really ready, and thinking that he should just give up and retire. He gets a call from an old colleague, Mick Purdy, asking him to take an unofficial look into the case of a policeman who disappeared seven years earlier.

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Reginald Hill is in a class of his own. His mystery series featuring Dalziel “the fat man” and Pascoe is a long-running masterpiece of British humor. Hill populates the series with many characters and much activity, but exhibits masterful control in keeping everyone doing…the wrong thing. Once again Dalziel, manages to extricate himself from an ambiguous-looking situation that would be career-ending for anyone else, and comes up accepting kudos from his coworkers—all except Pascoe, who thinks Da ...more
Reg does 24! The ever-playful Reginald Hill comes up with yet another spin on the slightly surreal and delightful adventures of Fat Andy Dalziel and his unlikely sidekicks, know-all Pascoe who quotes Latin at him and granite-faced Wieldy who can break a suspect just by looking at him. This time we have a minute-by-minute account of an extraordinary Sunday in Mid-Yorkshire which begins with the improbable prospect of the Fat Man attending Morning Service in the Cathedral (the last time he was the ...more
Anastasia Hobbet
I read this on a trip to England, so the atmosphere appealed to me, but the plot is overdrawn, with coincidences packed in so tight that they become absurd. This response may be due tot he fact that this is my first Reginald Hill, and he's written more than 20 other books in this series. Does this one stand alone? Not if you're not already addicted. Characterizations are thin-to-nothing, especially the poor women, and the depiction of that vaunted team of Dalziel and Pascoe evidently relies on c ...more
I love the Dalziel/Pascoe mysteries and have read them all. This one was particularly interesting as the great Dalziel actually begins (following a serious injury and hospitalization) to doubt his nearly godlike abilities and Pascoe, in the absence of his old boss, has begun to assume more authority over the force. Both men were humanized by their changing roles and relationships and it added a lot to the book. Midnight Fugue also had one of the most interesting, chilling, and charming villains ...more
The Dalziel/Pascoe are my favorite of any English mysteries series. Hill manages to always include some humor throughout. However, in years past, it has seemed that Hill had begun to take himself a bit too seriously and was missing the laughs that made me fall in love with the series so many years ago. Midnight Fugue is an absolute breath of fresh air. First of all, the entire story centers around the fat man. Dalziel's point of view is wonderful, always honest, often offensive and usually funny ...more
Dana Stabenow
Hill still at the top of his game, maybe even more so in this stripped-down tale of Dalziel's first case after getting blown up by a bomb in The Death of Dalziel. All of the action takes place over one fraught day, and all the usual suspects, Pascoe, Wieldy, Ellie, even the idiot Hector are present and accounted for, along with a handful of new characters equally well drawn and a bait-and-switch plot that keeps you guessing right to the end. Of course the real question is, is the Fat Man back, o ...more
The latest entry in the series has a cunning twist - all action takes place in 24 hours. And, just like those days when you pull an all-nighter, you can't believe how much has happened in just 24 hours. In the space of the day, Hill creates several three-dimensional new characters, and gives the Fat Man some touching, and never-before-seen, vulnerability. Not the place to start the series, but a terrific addition for those of us who already love these Yorkshire cops.
I gave this book over 100 pages, but when I was asked about a character and could not remember whether she was the damsel in distress, the mother, the lover, the personal assistant or the detective, I realized that this book was not engaging my interest on any level. With a mile-long TBR list, I'm throwing this one back.
Dec 27, 2013 Susan rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Dalziel/Pascoe fans
Shelves: mysteries
After recovering from a coma, Superintendent Andy Dalziel has started back to work. But a friend's request for help puts him at cross-purposes with his police colleagues. While it is interesting (and sometimes amusing) to see Dalziel so much on his own, I would have enjoyed a few more Pascoe appearances.
Vivienne Smith
I would have thought this an acceptable book from a first time author, or from one of the lesser names in the crime-writing genre. BUT - this is by Reginald Hill so I expected much, much moore. A sensible plot with everything resolved at the end would have helped. Very disappointing.
Another great entry in the Dalziel & Pascoe series. The action takes place over the course of one very eventful day. I love how Hill always keeps this series fresh and worth reading.
This book seriously interfered with my study time for my final exam! I love the Dalziel character and highly recommend this series of police procedurals. Begin with the earlier ones though.
Rebecca Carey
I needed something not-too-taxing when I arrived in the States as my system was on overload from the move, and this really hit the spot - well plotted, well told.
Rob Kitchin
Midnight Fugue is the twenty-second Dalziel and Pascoe book. The series has lost none of freshness, wit and verve. The story starts at a brisk pace and never lets up to the end. There are three main strengths to the book. First, the characterisation is excellent, and despite there being a large cast, each character is fully fleshed out and realised. Dalziel is a wonderful creation, possessing a number of negative traits, yet the reader can’t help but warm to his political incorrectness and bully ...more
If you like crime novels, murder mysteries, and the like, I think you will like this novel. At times, for us Americans, it is a bit busy trying to figure out the terms and the techinques of the Britsh Law Enforcement, but it does not take away from the story.

Two mis-matched cops, one who seems to be a bumbling along and everything falls right into his lap, accompained by his partner, who is by the book and an quite prescise, together tackle an unoffical invenstigation, which has many turns, pat
This was a competent, mostly entertaining book, though not up to Reginald Hill's usual quality. There are two main plotlines running through the novel: In one, a woman has come to Andy Dalziel wanting to find out if her long-missing husband is still alive and trying to contact her. In the other, an investigative journalistic is poking into the background of the too-good-to-be-true Conservative party rising star. Unifying the two plotlines are Andy Dalziel, implacable force for justice, and Goldi ...more
Jules Jones
The 24th book in the Dalziel and Pascoe. Hill is once again playing entertaining literary games; this time around he's using the format of timed chapters giving overlapping strands of a story that plays out in just 24 hours, and playing on the musical theme of a fugue, with a book that's all about what happens as a man emerges from a fugue in the psychiatric sense. You don't need to understand exactly what he's doing to enjoy this story, but the techniques add depth to an entertaining police pro ...more
A great read! Dalziel is still recovering from his coma after being in the terrorist blast. Pascoe has taken over while Dalziel has been off on sick leave. This story involves local hoods, one of Dalziel's old cop friends from long ago, and an up-and-coming local politicial who happens to be the son of a wealthly local who started out life as an enforcer and loan shark. Now he's all nice and clean. And wants to keep it that way. He has a reputation for "cleaning up any loose ends." This loose en ...more
A new installment in a favorite series is always a treat, and this is probably the best new book in this more-than-thirty-year-old series, in a decade or so. Purely as a standalone mystery, it's exciting and suspenseful, while as another installment in the adventures of Dalziel and Pascoe (and Sergeant Wield, and Constable Novello, and Ellie, and Rosie), it's particularly satisfying. It's also more than a little poignant, with Dalziel indisputably getting old -- no doubt the answer, this time, w ...more
Superintendent Dalziel is back from his recuperation. Caught in a terrorist blast, he spent time in a coma and the local criminals as well as his men thought he was a goner. Now, he is ready to come back, but is he the same Dalziel that has held sway and created terror for so many years before the blast?

The day starts with a good-looking blonde asking for his help. Seven years ago, Gina Wolfe's husband disappeared without a trace. He was a police officer suspected of being corrupt when he disapp
Nov 09, 2009 Richard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries, police procedurals, British police stories, good stories well told.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Hill's work
In his 36th novel, 24 of them about Dalziel and Pascoe, Mr. Hill hits all the right notes. In this one, Dalziel is just coming back after the explosion in the last story that sent him comatose to the hospital. He's not as good as he once was, but he's back. Unfortunately, he starts his portion of this story not knowing what day of the week it is.

This is set up interestingly with each chapter covering a brief period of time in the same day and each section labeled as a part of the fugue.

This myst
Rosalind Mitchell
Reg does 24! The ever-playful Reginald Hill comes up with yet another spin on the slightly surreal and delightful adventures of Fat Andy Dalziel and his unlikely sidekicks, know-all Pascoe who quotes Latin at him and granite-faced Wieldy who can break a suspect just by looking at him. This time we have a minute-by-minute account of an extraordinary Sunday in Mid-Yorkshire which begins with the improbable prospect of the Fat Man attending Morning Service in the Cathedral (the last time he was the ...more
Kevin Allmaras
First in this series that I have read. Superintendent Dalziel gets a call for help from an old friend from a neighboring force. This friend Mick Purdy has sent his fiancée to Dalziel for help in confirming that Gina Wolf the fiancée husband is truly dead. He has been missing for a very long time. As Gina locates and follows Dalziel she in turn is being followed by a sister and brother team of Fixers. And not the good kind. The pair have been ordered by their employer who has a keen interest in f ...more
Donna Mcnab
I really liked this book. Apparently it is #24 of a series but I haven't read any of the others. I will keep an eye for more. In this book Chief Constable Andy Dalziel is just returning to work after being hurt on the job. It takes his staff awhile to realize that he is just as sharp at solving crimes as he ever was. He becomes involved in various circumstances when he is asked by an old friend or acquaintance, Commander Mick Purdy of the Met to help his fiancee, Gina Wolfe, who is in Yorkshire ...more
K.B. Hallman
Another great installment in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Honestly, I've yet to be disappointed by one of these books.

Dalziel is back on the job--a day early. He's been asked by one-time friend from his past to "unofficially" look into a problem--a possibly still-living, previously presumed dead husband--for his fiance. A simple request, Dalziel thinks. Suddenly people are being attacked and dying and his staff is questioning his judgment and ability to do his job.

The power struggle between
I love being introduced to a new series -- new to me, that is. Fellow book maven, Mary Kaye, gave me this mystery which her friend recommended. It is well written, an intelligent mystery, and I loved the characters. I will enjoy getting to know better. Thanks, Mary Kaye!
Jill Hutchinson
Dalziel is back after his near miss in "Death Comes For the Fat Man" and he is starting to doubt his detecting prowess, as are his underlings, Pascoe included. He starts this adventure on rather shaky legs but never fear. He finds his legs before the story ends and he returns to his obnoxious, lovable self.
This is a tale of murder, political power and old sins coming home to roost. It's complex, as all of Hill's books tend to be but not so complex as to cause the reader to lose interest. The vil
It occurs to me once in a while that I should send a note to the authors whose books I have most enjoyed over the years. Reginald Hill would be right at the top of the list of those authors. Buddy books have always interested me, maybe because of my close relationship with my sister. Maybe most people feel the same way. Dalziel and Pascoe also represent the two sides I feel I have in my own personality: the sometimes profane, from the people side and the more urbane, educated side, sometimes ove ...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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