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Killing Kindness [Mass Market Paperback]

Reginald Hill
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Sept. 1 1987

When Mary Dinwoodie is found choked in a ditch following a night out with her boyfriend, a mysterious caller phones the local paper with a quotation from Hamlet. The career of the Yorkshire Choker is underway.

If Superintendent Dalziel is unimpressed by the literary phone calls, he is downright angry when Sergeant Wield calls in a clairvoyant.

Linguists, psychiatrists, mediums - it's all a load of nonsense as far as he is concerned, designed to make a fool of him.

And meanwhile the Choker strikes again - and again.


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'One of Britain's most consistently excellent crime novelists' The Times 'These novels last, like a grand malt whisky -- rounded, rich, intoxicating! Here is an author at his formidable best' Frances Hegarty, Mail on Sunday 'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' Sunday Telegraph

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'Reginald Hill stands head and shoulders above any other writer of homebread crime fiction' - Tom Hiney, Observer

'Hill is an instictive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift' - Francis Fyfield, Mail on Sunday

'So far out in front that he need not bother looking over his shoulder' - MIKE RIPLEY, Sunday Telegraph


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3.0 out of 5 stars amusing, but lacking in suspense April 26 2000
By 10
Format:Mass Market Paperback
this is the first of his books that i've tried, and i did so based on some of the glowing reviews of his other books, but for a thriller, i would say that it's sadly lacking in momentum and suspense. it's supposed to be a whodunit, but i lost interest in the murders halfway thru the book, because the red herrings thrown in really detracts from the mystery, and doesn't do much to get the story going for me. the focus appears to be more on the characters, which granted are very interesting and the chief inspiration for me to read on. strictly for hill fans.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Killing Kindness Oct. 1 2002
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To teh readers familiar with the Pascoe/DAnziel series, A Killing Kindness will not be a surprise--it is as good as most of the other novels in the series. Pascoe and Danziel are trying to catch a serial killer, who stnragnels young girls. Only there are a couple of exceptions. The plot is good and believable. The conclusion, although not very surprising, is satisfying.
As usual, Hill's strength is in giving the secondary characters opportunities to develop throughout the series. THey are not just props for the two detectives to excahnge clever lines, and this is what makes the book more than a simple mystery.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A little taste of murder and Hamlet! Oct. 26 2006
By S. Schwartz - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Reginald Hill is an author to be reckonned with in the British procedural genre, and his long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series is a winner. Any of the many books is a fine example of intelligent writing. This book is not a disappointment. It is a book where Pascoe figures a bit more prominently than Dalziel, but we do have Andy there in key spots. It gives us lots of examples of his blustery non-sequitors. Dalziel and his crew are trying to unmask the Yorkshire choker who has a taste for the Elizabethan bard (in particular the play "Hamlet"). We also have a clan of gypsies to help make things interesting. This is intelligent writing that keeps you guessing until the end. Hill has an uncanny ability to set his novels so realistically, and his very human characters help to reel us in. Don't pass up this series.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Vintage Dalziel and Pascoe April 6 2010
By Blue in Washington - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The thing with Reginald Hill is that almost all of his books are intelligent, engaging and full of well-developed characters. So the spectrum of writing is good to incredibly good. This early D&G entry, "A Killing Kindness" is closer to the good end than to the great. Author Hill puts a heavy focus on the procedural side of detective work as the dynamic duo plus the estimable Sergeant Wield track a serial killer with a penchant for explaining himself/herself with quotes from Shakespeare. Additional color is added with a look at English gypsies who inhabit the story start to finish.

For regular fans of Dalziel and Pascoe, who haven't gotten to this novel yet, this is number five in the series, chronicling a well-developed relationship between the two cops and including a pregnant Ellie Pascoe and a still-in-the-closet and lovelorn Sergeant Wield. It's a good read with plenty of indications of the great things that are to follow in this series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars What do you think, Peter? April 26 2006
By Linda Pagliuco - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
As a fan of the PBS series about Dalziel and Pascoe, I thoroughly enjoyed the narration of Colin Buchanan, who plays Pascoe, in this audio version of the novel. Actually, this one should be entitled Pascoe and Dalziel, as Peter plays the major role in this investigation of a series of stranglings. Witty, humane, and entertaining, Reginald Hill does his usual admirable job tackling such issues as racism and prejudice. Gypsies, divorce, and adolescent mistakes all figure prominently in this mystery. Buchanan's dialects and voices make differentiating among characters easy for the listener. Very enjoyable.
4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Killing Kindness Oct. 1 2002
By Emilia Palaveeva - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
To teh readers familiar with the Pascoe/DAnziel series, A Killing Kindness will not be a surprise--it is as good as most of the other novels in the series. Pascoe and Danziel are trying to catch a serial killer, who stnragnels young girls. Only there are a couple of exceptions. The plot is good and believable. The conclusion, although not very surprising, is satisfying.
As usual, Hill's strength is in giving the secondary characters opportunities to develop throughout the series. THey are not just props for the two detectives to excahnge clever lines, and this is what makes the book more than a simple mystery.
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fair Reginald Hill Dec 8 2009
By Jon Swift - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
Had previously read this book and forgotten. Not the greatest of the Dalziel and pascoe books but very readable.
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