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Arms And The Women by Reginald Hill
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Jun 02, 2014

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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 tangled, and couldn't always follow what was happening. And a lot of pages are given over to extracts from the novel Ellie is writing, which I didn't find very interesting. It doesn't relate to the main plot, and while it could be said to throw light on the Dalziel/Pascoe relationship, these extracts felt too long. Next on my Hill list is Asking for the Moon, a collection of short stories. Personally, I think Ellie's novel belongs in that rather than breaking up the pace of this one.
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June 2, 2014 – Started Reading
June 2, 2014 – Shelved
June 16, 2014 – Finished Reading

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message 1: by Mari (new)

Mari Although I may well not read the book, I really like Anne's review, which sounds very insightful and 'writerly' (if there is such a word!" demonstrating how one writer looks at the plot of another, and how as writers we can learn so much from reading.


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