On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe, #17)
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On Beulah Height (Dalziel & Pascoe, #17) (Dalziel & Pascoe #17)

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Into thin air...

Three little girls, one by one, had vanished from the farming village of Dendale. And Superintendent Andy Dalziel, a young detective in those days, never found their bodies--or the person who snatched them. Then the valley where Dendale stood was flooded to create a reservoir, and the town itself ceased to be . . . except in Dalziel's memory.

Twelve years la...more
Mass Market Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 7th 1999 by Dell (first published 1998)
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Kathy Davie
Seventeenth in the Dalziel and Pascoe mystery series set in contemporary Mid-Yorkshire.

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Oh wow, oh wow, oh wow...this was good. Can ya tell...I think this was good. I'm still a bit overwhelmed...wow.

I actually thought I was reading the first book in the series and I was so impressed by how well entrenched all the characters were. You truly can read this story out of its order as Hill doesn't leave you wondering what you've missed. Instead, I fell into their story in total comfort. As thou...more
Reginald Hill – 17th in series
With modernity raising its head in Yorkshire, the Water Board decided to flood a local valley to make a reservoir. Of course they had to bulldoze the homes of Dendale, and relocate the families. That was when three little girls disappeared. Andy Dalziel, a young detective in those days, took the case hard. No bodies were ever found, and the best suspect, Benny Lightfoot, was held for a time, then released. Twelve years later, due to drought, the...more
Das kleine Dorf Dendale (bzw. das, was davon übriggeblieben ist), untergegangen in den Fluten eines Stausees zusammen mit dem Rätsel über drei verschwundene kleine Mädchen, taucht nach 15 Jahren nach einer langen Hitzeperiode wieder empor. Und mit ihm auch der damals verdächtige Benny? Graffity im benachbarten Ort Danby, wo die meisten der Bewohner Dendales nun leben, behaupten dies zumindest. Und als erneut ein kleines Mädchen verschwindet, scheint die Lage klar: Benny ist wieder da!
ON BEULAH HEIGHT. (1998). Reginald Hill. *****.
Hill is a masterful writer of dense and labyrinthine mysteries. His two protagonists are detectives from the mid-Yorkshire district (where is that?) in England. The pair play off of each other in a nip and tuck manner, but it is easy to tell that Dalziel is the master and Pascoe is the apprentice. In this case, a yung girl has gone missing, not an unusual case, but one which raises the specter of a case from fifteen years earlier where three young...more
I was hunting forums for recommended reading and found this book. I'm not a big mystery fan but I found this an interesting read, what I didn't like is that I must have misunderstood and I thought that this was the first in a series but from what I can gather, I'm plum in the middle of it. So, I felt like there was all this stuff I was missing out on. The story kept my attention, the Yorkshire accent kind of drove me crazy after awhile though. I don't think that I'll read anymore of them though....more
Doug Gillan
It may be impossible to join a series at the 17th book and fully appreciate it. I read this because it was one of two books that I had not yet read on a list of the top 10 mystery novels. I didn't want to read 16 other books in order to get to this. Plus, as a top 10 book, it should stand on its own, right? Or so I reasoned. I found it to be very overwritten, not a taut thriller, but a comfortable, fat read, kind of like fat Andy Dalziel, the lovable old teddy bear of a detective who is one of t...more
Rebecca Hazell
Reginald Hill is a true original (or was--he's no longer with us). He paces his books beautifully; can make you laugh and cry, sometimes in the same sentence; and he never follows any kind of formula. You love (and kind of hate one of) his characters, who are fully realized, you know they may not even get the bad guy, and sometimes you realize that there was never any crime committed!

In On Beulah Height, he interweaves past and present into a chilling, yet heartbreaking, tale of loss: of a drown...more
Koji Mukai
This is perhaps the best Dalziel and Pascoe novel yet, which is saying quite a lot. Maybe it’s the maturity of characters; not content to rehash the same old banter between Andy Dalziel, Peter Pascoe and Ellie, he’s first developed Wield and now Novello into a full team member. Also some of the one-off characters are memorable in this novel.
The plot of this book is somewhat reminiscent of Peter Robinson's IN A DRY SEASON: a small English village once drowned in the construction of a reservoir is uncovered during a severe drought, and its secrets begin to come to light. (Was there a lot of this going on in Britain in the late 90s?)

In any case, Hill's take on it is naturally different from Robinson's: in this one, the receding waters and the reappearance of the village coincide with the disappearance of a young girl, powerfully remi...more
Ann-Mari Maukonen
Ett nytt vattenmagasin behövdes i Yorkshire, och att en urgammal dalby i en avfolkningsbygd dränktes föreföll vara ett ringa pris för en tryggad vattentillgång. De styrande tvingade varenda människa i Dendale att flytta den där långa heta sommaren för femton år sedan. De till och med grävde upp byns döda och flyttade dem också.

Men fyra Dendalebor kunde de inte flytta, för ingen visste var de befann sig. De var tre småflickor som hade försvunnit under de månader då dammen byggdes, samt den främst...more
Sep 05, 2013 Betsy rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: owned
"On Beulah Height" is the first book I've read by Reginald Hill. I came across it almost by accident - through a swap on PaperBackSwap.com. Another member wanted to do a trade and I couldn't find anything on her shelf that I recognized, so I decided to take a chance on this book, based on its synopsis.

Wow! I am so glad I did. Hill's work epitomizes everything that is good about British mysteries: a small village, eccentric characters, wry humor, flawed, but brilliant detectives, suspenseful, but...more
Jules Jones
One of the more disturbing books in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, in part because of the theme of serial child killing, but also because it shows that there are no easy answers. It's a complex and thought-provoking story, and one that easily supports re-reading. There is the mystery, yes, but there is also the psychological study of a village traumatised both by a series of unsolved child murders and by its forced relocation after its valley was drowned by a new water reservoir. It's also beaut...more
Jill Hutchinson
Another gem in the Dalziel/Pascoe series. The story revolves around missing children in instances that are 12 years apart. In the first disappearances Dalziel and "Wieldy" (his recently out-of-the-closet Sergeant Wield) investigated and were unsuccesful in bringing anyone to justice. Now it has happened again and they are back along with Pascoe with a sense of deja vu. The sudden and serious illness of Pascoe's daughter takes him away and the majority of the investigation falls to Dalziel, Wield...more
A detective story with a painfully slow start which builds to a strong finish. A team of police detectives with their own lives and inner turmoils search for a missing girl... the case might have ties to a series of missing girls from 12years earlier. Hill takes a few fun digressions from the main story to tell the tale of a children's fable: Nina and the Nix, as well as a series of pysch evals and lyrics to a classical piece called 'Songs for Dead Children' ... which tie nicely into the resolut...more
This was well written and had some good themes that make you think. However I think at some point I will need to read it again as I didn't fully understand the ending. Someone explain it to me
Brit Reginald Hill's detectives psychologically suave Pascoe and "The Fat Man" Yorkie Dalziel crime-solving skills are relatively unknown to American audiences. Yet, I found this book refreshing in its language of the English countryside - moors, fells, dales - and Dalziel's Yorkshire dialect - owt, nowt, and summat for ought, nothing, and something.

Beyond the language, the plot is finely woven and I didn't discern "who dunit" till the final pages. I'm ready for another Dalziel and Pascoe myster...more
This was a really good read. The mystery was compelling and it was also told in a very interesting way. Accounts of past unsolved crimes are mixed with the current investigation and the developments in the private lives of the main characters giving the whole book a rounded feel, as if we learn not just the story of the crime, but the effects of past trauma and how people's attitudes and feelings are altered by events.
Reginald Hill books always have one or two pages that I have to dogear because they have a sentence that's so good I want to reread. From this book:

"Herbert, far from being a lad, was perfect evidence of the bank's reluctance to throw anything away, appearing to a neutral eye more years the far side of a rail pass than the near side of a requiem."
Melinda Worfolk
This was the first Dalziel and Pascoe mystery I read, and it was very good. I love an intelligent mystery, and this was definitely one of those. I liked the complexity. The cover led me to believe it would be spooky and very serious, and parts of it are definitely serious, but there is also humour and warmth.
Very well written, keeping the tension up all the way through
One of the earlier entries in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Early in his career, Dalziel had failed to solve the disappearance of three little girls. Now, 15 years later, another girl is missing. A disturbing mystery with lots of twists and turns.
Adrian Piazza
I am reading Reginald Hill's Dalziel & Pascoe novels in order of publication. I have found the broad range in tone, perspective, and psychological drama to keep me interested in the characters. I'll always pick up the next in this series.
Ibukun Akinnawo
I loved it in the end! It was a little difficult for me to understand it at first because of the unfamiliar slangs and weird looking sentences but I got a hang of it somewhere in the middle and I loved it.
Got better and definately entertaining but just ended like the author had written the required number of pages. Written in four stages it is worth a read if you can get past the first two sections.
Amanda Patterson
The worst Dalziel and Pascoe in the series.Obscure, slow to get going and pretentious. The book may bring him some new fans who don't know what a police procedural is supposed to be.
Apr 19, 2012 Lois rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: crime
The late Reginald Hill is another master of writing... This Pasco and Dalziel novel is my favourite... well, one of my favourites, and I defy anyone to guess the ending!
Kirsty Darbyshire

Woo! Are all the Dalziel and Pascoe books this good? If so why the hell has no one told me before now! Can I stretch my scale to six stars?

Karly Mcvitty
Not finished yet... but a little slow for my liking... FINALLY finished and I can honestly say I didn't enjoy it at all. Slow steady build up to nowhere.
There are a lot of these in series, I heard this was one of the best. I thought it worth going back for others in 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...more
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