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Midnight Fugue (Dalziel & Pascoe #24)

4.08  ·  Rating details ·  2,106 Ratings  ·  172 Reviews
Yorkshire's criminals have long feared the fat arm of the law, in the shape of Chief Superintendent Andy Dalziel. Sadly for them, Dalziel's proximity to a terrorist blast put, if anything, further fire in his belly.
Hardcover, 5 pages
Published May 1st 2009 by HarperCollins Audiobooks, (first published 2009)
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Jul 01, 2009 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 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?

She wouldn’t have expected anything so f
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 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.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A terrific read, with a number of characters' lives moving piece by piece towards a grand climax. One of Hill's grimmer Dalziel and Pascoe titles, but strongly plotted and with some very unpleasant people involved. There is still humour, especially in the somewhat different relationship that forms between the series' two main characters as a result of Dalziel having been in hospital and on leave for a period (the result of being in an explosion in the previous story).
There's a nice unity to the
Piyush Jain
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-collection
It was my first novel from Reginald and man! I didn't knew what I was missing.... Such a gripping novel.... The plot was way different than any novel I have read so far.... And as the name suggests, it was really a 'fugue'
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 rated it really liked it
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fabulous read loved it !
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up
I tried. That's how I fell so far behind in my reading challenge. I picked up that book for a chapter at least once a day for a week. Then I put it down and turned on the tube, or did something else equally mindless.
I read mysteries when I am tired or brain dead. So I don't required the intricate plotting I demanded in my youth. All I require is decent writing and a plot that will hold my interest. Anything else is a bonus. I've read other Hill novels and found them enjoyable. But I just couldn'
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Hill's final Dalziel & Pascoe book; he died after finishing it. Like the other 23 books in the series, it is top-notch. He never seemed to tire of his characters, as some mystery series authors do, and his skill and talent never flagged. This book has Andy Dalziel returning to the fray after a near-death experience, and finding it hard to get back to his old form. By the end, of course, he's back in roaring shape. If only Hill could have done the same.
Lisa Stammers
Jun 02, 2017 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 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 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 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 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 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
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