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Arms And The Women (Dalziel & Pascoe #18)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  933 Ratings  ·  56 Reviews
Although Yorkshire's Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Inspector Peter Pascoe are strong supporting characters in Hill's 18th entry in this enduring series, the real stars are an evocative array of women.

Deeply shaken by her 9-year-old daughter's close encounter with death in 'On Beulah Height' Peter's wife Ellie has taken to writing a novel for comfort. It's about the Gree
Paperback, 496 pages
Published January 2nd 2001 by HarperCollinsPublishers (first published 1999)
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Barb Kwiecinski
Aug 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Probably my favorite of the series, it is intense but also very funny!
Carl Brookins
May 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
Cover copy calls this a work of intricacy, precision and psychological complexity. I cannot agree more emphatically. Yes, it's another in what one hopes is an endless line of Dalziel and Pascoe mysteries. And yes, it contains powerful, evocative writing.

"Here four men labored with shovels, their faces wrapped with scarves, not for disguise but as barrier against the stench of the decaying bat droppings they disturbed, while high above them a sea of leathery bodies rippled and whispered uneasily
Jun 01, 2009 rated it really liked it
I am on a mission to read all the Reginald Hill books at my local library, and this is my favorite so far because it celebrates women and their resourcefulness. This plot was more understandable to me than some of Hill's plots in other books. I got to know the character of Ellie Pascoe better and found her to be immensely likable. Her husband is a policeman; she is a struggling writer but this tale of how she becomes ia victim of crime is interesting and thought-provoking. This is a must-read fo ...more
Sep 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: keepers
I read this book in one day(it was holiday :), and it's thick one. Reginald Hill is a spendid writer and this book was one of the best I've read so far. Some passages had me laughing out loud!
The book within the book idea is risky, but Hill did it perfectly.

I'm looking forward to reading Death Comes to the Fat Man and The Price of Butcher's Meat which are on MT. TBR.
Aug 10, 2008 rated it really liked it
This was my introduction to Dalziel and Pascoe. It was one of many books a friend shared with me as my welcome into the mystery realm. It is now a love-hate relationship with her as my OCD has taken hold and lead me on a quest to read the series in order.
Very good book. Just the right combination of action, suspense and character development.
Phil Mullen
Feb 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
This too, I dimly recall, was one I read years back; but I relished it nonetheless.

Reginald Hill's witty; Ellie & Peter & Dalziel are a delight; the literary bits are tasty.

No masterpiece, but well worth its 4 stars.
May 03, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, favorites
Hilarious. Fascinating. Great characters. Hill is a genius at combining comedy with social critiques and improbable plot complications.
Aug 25, 2011 rated it liked it
Another very clever Dalziel and Pascoe novel
Suzanne Auckerman
Apr 26, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
Great mystery involving Peter Pascoe's wife, SA arms deal with IRA
Aug 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fantastic epic ending. Every book in this series is a winner. Great writer. Great characters. Great mysteries.
Alison C
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ellie, the wife of DCI Pascoe, is almost kidnapped one afternoon, and of course everyone thinks the incident is related to Pascoe’s work, but they are baffled with respect to which criminal might be responsible. To protect her, it is arranged that Ellie will, with friends, stay at a remote cottage for a while, but that cottage is not so remote that the culprits can’t find her…. This is, I think, the 17th Dalziel and Pascoe novel and one of the best, albeit most confusing. In addition to Ellie’s ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This Dalziel/Pascoe mystery is more focused on women characters with Ellie Pascoe the major focus. Woven in the plot is Ellie's amusing retelling of the story of Odysseus and Calypso with Odysseus modeled on Dalziel with his blunt Yorkshire comments. I enjoyed the many literary references, one of the great pleasures of British mysteries.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not his finest.
Nov 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
It was good to see Ellie come to the fore again; still class conscious, but much more comfortable with it. Rosie's coming along well, and her friendship with Wield is a good sign of it. A minimum of rescue from the forces of good in this one, since the ladies pulled most of it off themselves.
Feb 01, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Arghh! Why is it that so many writers of fiction feel such an irresistible compulsion to weave the words of Homer, and especially of his epic poem “The Iliad,” into their stories? Now, Reginald Hill has joined those other misguided authors. Contrary to apparent beliefs that quoting from Homer, or paraphrasing him, adds to the literary quality of stories, it just makes them stale and artificial. I’m sure that the purpose was some sort of metaphor, but it certainly didn’t work.

The plot of this nov
Jul 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery-thriller

This is the 18th adventure of Superintendent Andrew "Fat Andy" Dalziel and Sergeant Peter Pascoe, law officers in Yorkshire, England. Andy is irreverent, profane, and brusque but has a heart of gold. He also can be laugh out loud funny. Peter Pascoe, who initially was a side-kick in this series, has evolved into a force in his own right. There is also a very well developed secondary cast in this series including other police officers on the Yorkshire force, Pascoe's wi
Aug 11, 2010 rated it it was ok
This one was annoying to me. I have enjoyed the Dalziel and Pascoe books I've read but this one was just annoying. I skipped a lot of pages. The plot was too much, with lots of obscure scene setting. A lot of characters and confusing to keep some of them separate, especially as Hill was obviously at pains to keep things confusing. Ellie, Pascoe's wife, is writing a novel, trying to get published -- and surprising does get the book accepted. This book contains multiple -- and lengthy -- excerpts ...more
Pamela Mclaren
May 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries
This is the third Reginald HIll book that I have read; the previous ones were the first and second edition of the series and this last one is much later. Perhaps I shouldn't have read it out of order but I disliked this one.

The beginning was hard to get into and the 'mystery' chapters kept showing up. The very first chapter began far too confusingly — who was talking? It appears to be Ellie, Pascoe's wife, then it switches to a scene in the forest where men are unearthing something and end up in
Rog Harrison
Dec 05, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have read most of this series at least twice but although I read this book when it first came out I had not seen it in the library again. So I was very pleased to see this in a friend's flat and took the opportunity to borrow it to read it for a second time. I think my two favourite books in this series are "Pictures of perfection" and "On Beaulah Height" and sadly the author could not write anything as powerful again. However this is a great read and certainly much much better than the follow ...more
Anne Borrowdale
Jun 02, 2014 rated it liked it
This is an unusual book from Hill, partly because it focuses much more on Ellie Pascoe and her friends than Dalziel and Pascoe. I didn't mind this, because I enjoy Ellie Pascoe's character. I found myself reading with concern in case anything really nasty happened to poor Ellie, but I liked both the way she took action, and her thoughts and feelings about what was going on.
Two things make me rate the book lower than other Hills: I sometimes found the plot in which Ellie is caught up to be too ta
Jan 23, 2016 rated it liked it
#18 in the Yorkshire Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Inspector Peter Pascoe mystery series. While they are leading an investigation into a mystery woman, arms sales, possible South American rebel connections and actions targeting Pascoe's wife, the real stars in this mystery are an evocative array of women.

It took me a while to get into this because the first half is composed of a revolving series of plot lines which are all pulled together in the second half. I found the second half more inter
Nov 29, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
Not the usual Yorkshire police procedural, but a good read for fans of Andy Dalziel and Peter Pascoe. The men are more in the background here. Peter's wife Ellie is an aspiring novelist and her take on Odysseus is woven through the book. The Pascoe's are just coming off a grueling few months in which their daughter nearly died of meningitis and her best friend actually did die. The plot also revolves around an Amnesty International sort of letter writing group, MI5 and a vacation in Cornwall.
Rebecca Hazell
Aug 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hill has yet to disappoint me. You never know where he's taking you in one of his Dalziel and Pascoe novels, but you can count on a wild ride, an amazing blend of tension and humor, and an ever-satisfying ending. This time he takes on drug lords, gun running, the Aeneid with a bow to the Odyssey, and radical women. At first I didn't 'get' the Aeneas-Odysseus connection but then stopped caring when I realized that this Odysseus was modelled after Dalziel himself. Hill should be much more widely r ...more
Kirsty Darbyshire
Jun 16, 2011 rated it liked it
For once I don't think this Hill book is the best thing since the last one. It is of course pretty good all the same. I like the fact that Hill keeps trying new things even though this one doesn't work that well for me. I enjoyed the fact that various characters from old books popped up years and years later than their original appearances.

I kept hearing that people didn't like this book because there was too much of Ellie in it. I like Ellie and I like her in this book but the story as a whole
Aug 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was pleased to find a Dalziel and Pascoe book I had not previously read...especially as this one has Pascoe's wife Elly plays a central role...hence the witty title. Ellie is being threatened and the detectives must find a safe location for her and their daughter while tracking the the criminals who may be connected to an organisation similar to Amnesty International to which Ellie belongs. Franny Roote...Pascoe's creepy Nemesis plays a does MI5. Written in Hill's inimitable style, ...more
Apr 15, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Sep 02, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: crime
What a hugely confusing start! I was on the point of giving up a couple of times, but once the story got going, it was a good read. I still don't really understand all the 'sibyl' references and I'm not sure that they added anything to the plot. If anything, they distracted. I did find the last few chapters a bit far-fetched, as they relied on outside influences that kept happening in order for the 'heroes' to escape. However, it was entertaining. Definitely an author that I will look out for in ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it it was ok
Not my favorite of the Dalziel and Pasco books. The plot centered around Ellie, with a convoluted mixture of money laundering, drugs, IRA arms caches, assumed identities - more a thriller than a straight detective novel, really. And whole chapters of the book Ellie was writing, and notes from an MI5 computer operative that confused more than they revealed. Let's go back to a nice wholesome Yorkshire murder, with a limited field of suspects and Dalziel and Pascoe as the main characters.
Jul 05, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: couldn-t-finish
Considering I only read the first 11 chapters, I probably have no right rating this book. I just couldn't get into it, despite how excited I was to read this. I'm not British, and I clearly don't understand enough British sayings to really get the true feel for this book.

I thought the book itself was extremely well written, and the way it is put together is quite interesting. There's no doubt Hill is an excellent writer. I just wish I could have enjoyed it.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it liked it
I always love Hill's characters, but this time his erudition ran away with him, producing a plot that was too convoluted without enough payoff at the end. I do give him points for referencing one of my favorite obscure saints, bearded lady Wilgefortis!
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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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