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Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe #24)

4.08  ·  Rating Details ·  1,979 Ratings  ·  167 Reviews
Reginald Hill, award-winning author of The Price of Butcher’s Meat and Death Comes for the Fat Man, returns with Midnight Fugue, a riveting new crime novel featuring Yorkshire coppers Dalziel and Pascoe as they tackle the case of a detective who went missing seven years ago under suspicious circumstances. Taking place within the space of a single October Sunday and alterna ...more
ebook, 368 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 1st 2009)
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Jul 01, 2009 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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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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?

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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
May 26, 2011 Rosalind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jan 02, 2010 Brooke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 17, 2009 Dana Stabenow rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 22, 2012 Barbara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 13, 2010 Adela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Dec 19, 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.
Jan 14, 2010 Cece rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Colin Mitchell
Feb 05, 2016 Colin Mitchell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
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.
Vivienne Walker
Aug 06, 2011 Vivienne Walker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Rebecca Carey
Feb 08, 2011 Rebecca Carey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 25, 2011 Helen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Oct 26, 2015 Anne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read loved it !
Lisa Stammers
Jun 02, 2017 Lisa Stammers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No more Ivor. No more Hat. No more Seymour. No more Wieldly ( sigh!) No more Peter ( sob!) No more Andy ( say it isn't so!!!)
This wonderful journey has come to an end and what a wonderful journey it has been. Characters to love. Stories to get lost in. A genius to admire.
Bravo Mr Hill.
Jan 22, 2017 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Last one of the series - wish he had ended on a slightly higher note before he passed away. Still, one of my all time favorite mystery series.
Mar 25, 2012 Sandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 02, 2010 Dee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 18, 2016 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the third, and best, of this author's novels that I have read. Even though he introduces a number of characters that make the reader feel as though there will be loose ends at the end of the story, they are all tied up neatly at the conclusion.

The e-book version of this novel has 334 pages, but it appears that the margins have been deliberately narrowed to increase the page count. Many, many lines of the text in the e-book contain only three words. It is difficult to imagine that the pr
Rob Kitchin
Jul 07, 2012 Rob Kitchin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Phil Leader
Jan 06, 2015 Phil Leader rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 07, 2009 Caroline rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel, prose
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
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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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