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Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe #24)

4.07  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,835 Ratings  ·  162 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 fiance, 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
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by HarperTorch (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jan 03, 2015 Laura rated it it was amazing
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
Jan 04, 2010 Marlyn rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
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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Oct 03, 2015 Koeeoaddi rated it liked it
I read this out of order and I probably shouldn't have, but I don't think it really works as a stand alone novel. Besides the backstories that a reader of the series would know (and I didn't) there were too many characters and only a few of them were interesting. There was also hardly any interaction between Dalziel and Pascoe at all, which was disappointing. It's a 2.5 star book, but I'm giving it 3. How could a book with the following sentence rate less?

She wouldn’t have expected anything so f
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
May 26, 2011 Rosalind rated it really liked it
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
Tanja Berg
Rating 2.4*. I almost upped this to three stars because of the fantastic epilogue. However, before that I had about 13 boring hours listening to a mystery that repeatedly failed to hold my attention. I struggled to keep the characters apart and even more to get in any way engaged in their lives.
Anastasia Hobbet
Sep 22, 2011 Anastasia Hobbet rated it liked it
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
Apr 02, 2010 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colin Mitchell
Feb 07, 2016 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, dalziel-pascoe
A day in the life of Dalzeil as he sets out to re-establish himself in the team and Mid-Yorkshire CID. A fast pace drives through the book as events try to runaway from him. Murder, old friends from London, corrupt policemen and dubious political funding are all here. The last full novel in the series.
Jan 02, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it
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
Jan 22, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it
Not one of my absolute favourite Dalziel and Pascoes but Reginald Hill has never disappointed me. Reading, and re-reading, his mysteries is always pleasurable because of the complexity, humanity, the literary and musical allusions and the humour. Dalziel was the central character of Midnight Fugue - getting back to his old, entertainingly outrageous form - I was going to quote some of his bon mots but better that anybody who reads this review should come across them for themselves.

I give the fir
Dana Stabenow
Jul 14, 2009 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it
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
Oct 26, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing
Fabulous read loved it !
Amy Paget
Jun 13, 2015 Amy Paget rated it really liked it
I am a great fan of the British Police Procedural and am revisiting the giants in the field. Author Reginald Hill is certainly a giant as his 24th Dalziel and Pascoe mystery, Midnight Fugue attests. According to PW..."Andy Dalziel, an irascible dinosaur of a police officer who's only just returned to the Mid-Yorkshire force after recovering from a serious injury, is tracked down by Gina Wolfe, whose policeman husband, Alex, has been missing for seven years. Alex disappeared while under investiga ...more
Jan 13, 2010 Adela rated it it was amazing
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.
Jan 14, 2010 Cece rated it did not like it
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 liked it  ·  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 Walker
Apr 06, 2013 Vivienne Walker rated it really liked it
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.
Aug 31, 2011 Sandi rated it it was amazing
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.
Apr 25, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 08, 2011 Rebecca Carey rated it really liked it
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.
Robert LoCicero
Apr 07, 2016 Robert LoCicero rated it really liked it
Another in the Dalziel and Pascoe mystery series by this brilliant British author. Very gripping story with different voices of characters taking the lead in the various chapters which makes for a rich, overlay of action and psychological tension. Good to see the Superintendent (Dalziel) regaining some of his former gruff and expertise after his close encounter with eternity. I found the going high paced and the character developments up to the task. Highly recommended. And this author has many ...more
Jun 07, 2016 Kay rated it really liked it
Shelves: british-crime
Gina Wolfe's husband, a police detective, vanished without a trace 7 years ago. Now she wants to marry again, and the prospective groom is one of her husband's former associates who has now risen higher in the ranks of the Yorkshire Police. Dalziel manages to get hold of this case even though he's still supposed to be on sick leave after an explosion left him "mostly dead." But Fat Andy pulls a fast one on Peter Pascoe after mistakenly going to work on a Sunday. Plot complications involve a risi ...more
Lucy Takeda
Sep 23, 2015 Lucy Takeda rated it it was amazing
I so enjoy the relationships in these novels! Pascoe and Dalziel; both of them and Wield; the general police staff dealing with any of this almight trio. There's quite a lot of insightful psychological comments, plus a lot of action and humor. You do need to work on " translating" the Yorkshire dialect. In case you haven't met the group, Dalziel is an older, usually grumpy, down-to-Earth detective, with a college educated younger partner, and a very cagey gay sergeant. There is quite a bit of vi ...more
Phil Leader
Jul 29, 2016 Phil Leader rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed, amazon
Mismatched colleagues Dalziel and Pascoe must use all their resources to solve a number of crimes, all within a day. Dalziel is back from prolonged sick leave and is feeling he has everything to prove, that he has still got what it takes. Pascoe has been busy in his absence and is glad to see him back - but wary that he must once again play second fiddle.

This is the last Dalziel and Pascoe book and somehow that is fitting, it provides a lot of closure for the two men, in so many ways opposites b
As with all books in the series, this Dalziel and Pascoe story is an entertaining mystery which all occurs in one event packed day. The fat man is in fine, witty form. He is in recovery from a near fatal accident, and is thus touchingly vulnerable and self conscious whilst presenting a tough facade to the world. It adds depth to this ongoing development of a wonderful, well drawn, crusty detective and his loyal staff. As always, there is a twist at the end. A good, entertaining, intelligent read ...more
Rob Kitchin
Jul 07, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it
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
Mar 09, 2011 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jann Barber
Apr 08, 2016 Jann Barber rated it it was amazing
I think this was the right book at the right time, because I picked it up and finished it in the same day. This is Hill's 24th Dalziel and Pascoe mystery. I need to go back and read the rest of them, as I've only read a few here and there. The story takes place within a 24-hour period and each chapter is titled by its time frame. There are multiple story lines that interconnect, and Hill manages to make them all believable. Even though this is a murder mystery, there is humor, too. The endings a ...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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