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Pictures of Perfection: A Dalziel/Pascoe Mystery [Mass Market Paperback]

Reginald Hill
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

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5.0 out of 5 stars another great mystery with twists a-plenty! Jan. 24 2003
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am a bona fide Reginald Hill fan and have read about a fourth of all he's so far written.
Pictures of Perfection is, without a doubt, one of the best ones I've read and it shows the full range and breadth of Mr. Hill's talents. While ostensibly a mystery, there is ample mirth, satire, parody, and guffaws throughout the book. Mr. Hill also has the ability, rare in the field of mystery writers for some reason, to turn a phrase just right and then place it in the mouth of the best character to say that one phrase; as a result, I found myself laughing outright in unexpected moments!
Character development is finely tuned here and, for once, the book allows a fuller sense of Sergeant Wield and for me fills in the piece of how Wield met his partner who is included in later books. In fact, I feel Hill writes as if picturing all this on stage or on the screen. Yes, that's how well timed and placed characters, dialogue, and plot are. (Mr Hill: If you are reading, please release your books to the larger screen! I can't wait to see who's cast as Andy Dalziel!)
Whether this be your first Hill novel or not, you will not be disappointed by this page-turner!
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This is a Dalziel/Pascoe mystery, with the usual careful plotting and great dialogue. However, this book is above and beyond even Reginald Hill's great usual: there's a bizarre shock in store for the reader. (Who will enjoy it later, very much) It has wickedly funny plotting, some of the most unusual characters, and to my delight an unexpected chance at happiness for poor sweet Sergeant Wield. Wield has suffered through plenty of Dalziel's bossiness and the dismay of "coming out" to his fellow detectives. In this story he meets a man he initially finds very annoying, but as the story develops, we can see the promise of love on the horizon.
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I thought this mystery was wonderful as a kind of "fun" romp with the characters. Hill is showing us he cares very much about them all.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Unique Exemplar of the Mystery Genre Jan. 5 2002
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The usual elements of the mystery genre are all present in this unique opus that you may well remember for a long time. You may even find yourself doing some rereading just to see how it was done. I may have said too much already -- some other reviewers may have said too much -- so I simply encourage you to read and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fun, Fun, Fun Jan. 30 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Filled with humor, irony, and exquisite dialog! One of the best of Hill's series.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Delightful! Sept. 16 2000
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"Pictures of Perfection" is a delightful fairy tale of a mystery complete with happily-ever-after ending. It becomes apparent early on that the author is playing some sort of enormous joke on his readers, but I doubt you'll guess what the punch line is! At least I didn't. If you enjoy a literate, intelligent traditional (but quirky) British whodunit, this should be just your cup of tea. It's filled with Reginald Hill's trademark humor (even more than usual), and Dalziel, Pascoe and Wield are all in top form.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Usual excellence from Reginald Hill May 20 2000
By Helen
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The story commences with a terrifying and well-written account of a gunman shooting randomly at people in the village of Enscombe - so much more terrifying because we all know so well how events like this have scarred human history. Then the story goes back in time to two days before the shootings and traces the seemingly innocuous events (including fraud, forgery, love requited and unrequited) leading up to the shootings.
As usual, this author can stun and delight, and in this book there are well-drawn characterisations of village denizens. Also, those Hill fans of long-standing might take some pleasure in Wieldy having centre-stage in this one.
Most highly recommended.
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Hill wittily parodies both Jane Austen's *Pride and Prejudice* and the English village mystery in this engaging romp. A nice break from the usually grim tone of the series as a whole, the novel features all the usual suspects (theft? murder? fraud?), then turns them on their heads. But at least several characters find true love where they (and we!) least expect it. Hill does delight in the odd word--"hispid," for example, stumped an entire room of English professors (including this one when she first encountered it!). Bibliophiles will enjoy the references to obscure Victorian novels--not to mention Enscombe's irresistibly acidic antiquarian bookseller, Edwin Digweed, who comes complete with a bookshop to drool over.
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