Killing Kindness Mass Market Paperback – Sep 1 1987
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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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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.
The town has an apparent serial killer on the loose. Serial killers always make good fodder for detective stories, especially when there seem to be so many small links among the victims and their families and friends, but both Dalziel and his right hand, DI Peter Pascoe, suspect some of them are red herrings. Dalziel wants to tie everything back to the conveniently nearby gypsies, who have come to take part in the traditional two-week fair, and there are in fact some connections. The local small flying club, which mostly does gliders, also seems to be involved somehow. And when you finally discover whodunit, it may raise your eyebrow, but the clues are there all along.
Detective Sgt. Wield, who possesses the ugliest face in Yorkshire, is also back and we learn considerably more about his secrets (which were a much bigger deal in 1980). And Pascoe's wife, Ellie, is uncomfortably pregnant, which only complicates his life during a big case.