An Advancement Of Learning (Dalziel & Pascoe #2)
Coultram College is expanding. To do so, the bronze statue of the former principal, Alison Girling, must be moved. Ms. Girling was killed five years ago on a winter trip in Austria. So why is her skeleton found beneath the memorial? Dalziel and Pascoe are office to college to find a killer.
Hill is such a delight to read. In this, the second book of the series, his characteristic humor begins to make itsel ...more
This book was first published in 1971 and is set at a private college. I couldn't help but be struck by how times have changed. Things considered scandalous then might ha ...more
this is the second dalziel and pascoe book. one thing i'm enjoying about this series (having read a whole three of them now ;-) ) is that each seems to have it's own setting. it's quite an old fashioned device to make a book so closed from the outside world but hill manages to write modern books within the constraints. the first in the series was 'the rugby club book' and this one was 'the college book'. this book hooks you in with the intriguing conundrum of 'how did her bones come to be buried...more
This book is packed with colorful characters, and good solid detection. The assumption that even the students and faculty at a small t ...more
The Super is called to the college to investigate the appearance of a body long dead. The atmosphere of learning is all that Fat Andy denounces and derides. Pascoe will do little to abuse Andy's feelings in that area and cannot seem to say ahead of the Super no matter what degree he holds. He does re-connect with Eleanor Soper and she will be in most, if not all, of t ...more
In this story, the remains of a body are found under a huge statue that is being removed to make way for new buildings at a local college. Since the statue has been in place for five years, the police have their work cut out for them. On ...more
I'm sure that, if it weren't for the TV series of Dalziel and Pascoe, I would not have been listening to this abridged version of a crime story that was originally published in 1971.
This audio version was narrated by Warren Clarke, which was great for the voice of Dalziel, but confusing when Pascoe spoke.
I've only ever read one other Daliziel and Pascoe story, which was set in a beer swilling rugby club, where Dalziel felt at home. This time Pascoe and I were both more com ...more
As we open, Anita Sewell is a student who is on the verge of being dismissed from college for poor grades. In response, she has accused her ...more
Take a simple test. How often do you see people roll their eyes? In this book they do so frequently. If that doesn't bother you, maybe you will be able to swallow the extraordinary gouges on at a co-educational colleg ...more
Superintendent Andrew Dalziel and Sergeant Peter Pascoe visit a college when a skeleton is found beneath a statue being moved. A second plot involves a teacher being accused of having an affair with a student and then manipulating her grades to have her dismissed. After she is found killed, the suspicion forms that the deaths are ...more
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. ' ...more
The story is a little dated, as with early James & Rendell - it is to be expected. Social acceptances have changed so much in the past 40 year ...more
To me, so far, what's best about this series is Hill's ability to make the little details that fill in the holes seem so innocuous when really they're the solution to the crime. Great mysteries for those who like to try to solve it as they go.
A period piece, written and placed in the seventies, and an entertaining mystery, neatly sewn up at the end.
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 ...more