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Recalled To Life (Dalziel & Pascoe #13)

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  820 ratings  ·  28 reviews
'The story is expertly told, skein by skein, with a new knot to be untied just when you think everything is clear' Sunday Telegraph 1963. It was the year of the Profumo Scandal, the Great Train Robbery, the Kennedy Assassination - and the Mickeldore Hall Murder. The guests at the Hall that weekend had included a Tory minister, a CIA officer specializing in dirty tricks, a ...more
Paperback, 503 pages
Published June 25th 2009 by Harper (first published 1992)
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Dalziel in America--this one is laugh out loud funny. The plot is straight forward but complicated by a fairly large cast of characters spanning more time than is usual in a Dalziel/Pascoe book.
Kirsty Darbyshire

Writing up notes on each book in this series is getting a bit pointless and probably pretty tedious for anyone reading. Hill's a master storyteller and surprises me everytime with the inventiveness of not just his plots but of the way he narrates these stories.

I think this book draws a lot on Dickens' A Tale of Two Cities but I'm not qualified to comment on that angle. Pascoe stays in Mid-Yorkshire looking into a 1963 murder case. The surviving murderer has just been released from prison. Dalzi

Welwyn Katz
This really is a great one, if you love Dalziel and Pascoe. I truly enjoyed seeing the Fat Man trying to adjust to New York, and I think Hill must have had some fun with the alternating viewpoints, moving between Britain and USA, and deciding exactly how much of a Crocodile Dalziel he could make out of the Fat Man. The mystery is a very solid one. I didn't guess. Usually I do, so this pleased me very much. Good characterization, problems in the Pascoe household that must have happened after an e ...more
It took me a while to get in to this one and I would have given it 3.5 stars.

In 1963 Ralph Micklewaite was hung for murdering Pam Westropp and the nanny he had an affair with was put in jail. 40 years later she is released from prison and an inquiry begins to determine if the wrong person was hung. Meanwhile Dalziel secretly does his own investigation and ends up in America.

The basic idea was good but I felt it rambled a bit and that the solution was obvious by the end. The characters were well
Balthazar Lawson
With most crime series there is inevitably the book that looks back at an old case and Recalled To Life is the history case in the Dalziel & Pascoe series. I'm familiar with the series but this is the first I've read. It was OK and that was about it.

The writing was confusing and all over the place, making it difficult to follow the story. One had to go back and read parts to understand what was happening. In the end there were many unanswered questions. So much so as to make it not an enjoya
"It was a crime of passion in one of England's great houses, an open-and-shut case. But thirty years later, when the convicted nanny is freed, then spirited off to America before she can talk, Yorkshire's Superintendent Dalziel returns to the scene of the crime with Inspector Pascoe, determined to dig up the corpus delicti he investigated a generation before. Did the wrong aristocrat hang? Dalzieland Pascoe find decades-old clues that implicate a member of the royal family. When one of their pri ...more
I'd forgotten what a pleasure it is to read one of these Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries. I found this one, tucked up unread on the shelf, like an unexpected gift.

Hill's characters have depth, his plotting is intricate, and he provides many twists and turns not to mention somersaults and backflips on the way to solving the mystery. This one involves a murder from 1963 which is being reinvestigated officially by the police, and off the books by Dalziel. It kept me guessing until the very end.
Colin Mitchell
A old case were Dalzeil had been a young detective in 1963 at Mickledore Hall. Two are convicted of murder and one is hung but did they do it? Why are the secret services both in England and the USA interested. It transpire on of the convicted had been having an affair with another who was a double agent for GB and the soviets. Good story and Dalzeil is out of his comfort zone with a trip to New York and Virginia. The perp dies of cancer and the woman leaves prison after 27 years.
This audio book was read by Brian Glover, who plays Dalziel in the television series. While Glover does Dalziel's and Pascoe's voices (and the other males) well, his women's voices leave a lot to be desired. Also, Glover rushes through the non-dialogue parts so that they come out as matter-of-fact. This is not the first audio Dalziel and Pascoe I have listened to and the pattern has been the same.

It's a complicated story, one that I found difficult to follow at times, but my favorite part was An
Jules Jones
[2006-12-31] A woman convicted of murder thirty years ago is released from prison, amid suggestions that she was unjustly convicted. Dalziell was involved in the case as a very young detective, and is convinced of her guilt -- but even more concerned that his now-dead boss is about to be stitched up as the villain of the piece. He sets about investigating both the past and the present, in a case that some would rather see disappear quietly... Highly enjoyable, even if it's so convoluted it's dif ...more
Lisa Stammers
Fabulous instalment in this wonderful detective series. The mystery is interesting,the characters are well drawn and the Fat Man is laugh-out loud funny. Bring on the next one!!!
I am going to miss Reginald Hill sooooo much.
Ned Thacker
“For any true-born Yorkshireman, after Sheffield it was Africa. Alright, there was the cordon sanitaire of the White Peak, whose open acres might cushion the shock for a while, but in no time at all you were unmistakably into that nowhere place called the Midlands, through whose squeezed-out diphthongs the Cockney cacophony could be clearly heard.” Confusing plot, unravelling an old locked room mystery, but who cares with writing as comic and non-PC as this?
Dalziel's first case is brought back as the perp gets released from prison and threatens to 'tell all' to the media. The solution takes Dalziel to Colonial Williamsburg (!) which added greatly to my enjoyment. A complicated and involved plot, however, the resolution is satisfying.
An old, politically sensitive murder case is re-opened, and Dalziel revisits the past in defense of his former boss and mentor. Dalziel's side trip to New York and Williamsburg Va, was particularly amusing.
Thirty years after a crime, one of the accused is freed because there is now some doubt as to whether she wss guilty. She returns to the US where she is followed by Dalziel.
Some parts were not clear to me.
Rog Harrison
I think this was the third time I had read this and I enjoyed it much more than his more recent novels which I have re-read this year.
As with all other Dalziel & Pascoe books I've read, I am surprised with the whodunit, and I laugh at Dalziel.
Hill has insights about how we return from tragedies in which we think we bear some blame.
Judie Holliday
Not his best - a bit of a fairy tale and very complicated by the end.
Three is the top mark I give to mysteries. Love the Pascoe and Dalziel series.
Vera Steine
The end is still too drawn out, but the plot is fantastic.
Overly complicated. Parts remain a complete mystery to me!
Dalziel in America... Not as weird as I expected.
Tova Sandberg
Read in Swedish (translated from English)
Apr 12, 2008 Jill rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: british mystery lovers
great read, loved the scenes of Dalziel in NY!
Interesting to examine an old case
One of the best of the series.
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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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