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  • Mass Market Paperback: 534 pages
  • Publisher: Harpercollins (Mm); Reprint edition (Oct. 27 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061451940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061451942
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 2.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #43,062 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A bomb couldn't kill Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel—but his convalescence at the Avalon Clinic in the quaint seaside resort of Sandytown ("Home of the Healthy Holiday") just might. Sneaking out to the local pub provides Fat Andy with a bit of necessary diversion, allowing him a pint or two on the sly, plus an update on the world of trouble outside the clinic—including the very different plans of a pair of powerful landowners for putting Sandytown more prominently on the map. But when a rather macabre murder calls Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe onto the scene, Fat Andy realizes that Avalon itself is no sanctuary from the lethal secrets of the local elite—or from the death tide that now, suddenly, is rising quite rapidly.

About the Author

Reginald Hill is a native of Cumbria and a former resident of Yorkshire, the setting for his novels featuring Superintendent Dalziel and DCI Pascoe. Their appearances have won him numerous awards, including a CWA Gold Dagger and the Car-tier Diamond Dagger Lifetime Achievement Award. The Dalziel and Pascoe stories have also been adapted into a hugely popular BBC TV series.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Robert Dinwoodie on April 26 2011
Format: Mass Market Paperback
It is time vendors such as Amazon learned to let us know the book has more than one title ! I bought A Cure for All Diseases by the same author only to find it is the same book but the European title ! The book is OK but not up to the usual P and D standard .
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By Trainergirl on Nov. 8 2013
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I love virtually everything Reginald Hill writes, but this book is the first of his that I actually gave up on. I think I got to around 100 pages and it was so boring that I gave up. Luckily I had borrowed it from the library and hadn't spent money on it. Nothing happened at all. Unusual for Reginald Hill. I was very disappointed.
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Format: Hardcover
So, it is supposed to be an Austen spoof. All right then, but Miss Austen had a wonderfully clever, economical style. Reading this makes you realise how brilliant she was. Almost two hundred pages into any Austen novel, something substantial would be happening. I have trudged to page 180 and can bear no more of Hill warns us before the story begins that he may have run a little mad. Mad? How did he stay awake while writing it? Having given us to understand that Dalziel is a unique creation, he has created a Mini Me for him in Charlotte. I have patiently suffered the two of them whittering away without saying anything of interest for 180 pages!!. And who can picture Dalziel sitting in his room obediently talking his innermost thoughts into a recording gadget. He'd had met the suggestion with ripe language. Thank you everybody on for the reviews. I now face the thought that there are endless red herrings and dead ends to trudge through and several endings. It's not like me to throw in the towel, but you'd have to put a gun to my head to make me read on. Life is too short. Another 435 pages!! I'm told it picks up a little. It would have worked if Hill had used Austen's brilliant economic style, but after 180 pages of merely learning who is who, quite frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn. (Oh, sorry, wrong book).
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
A Cure For All Diseases Nov. 17 2008
By Tom S. - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I read this terrific Dalziel/Pascoe mystery a few months ago under its original British title (see above), and it is one of my favorite books in the long-running series. Reginald Hill's mysteries are consistently witty and intelligent, but in this one he introduces a new style of storytelling for his rotund Inspector Dalziel and the charming young woman who comes to his aid--emails and tape recordings. The first-person recordings are interspersed with regular third-person narrative to give us a fascinating, multimedia tale of murder and mayhem in a seaside health clinic.

If you're familiar with Andy Dalziel, you can just imagine his mood when he is sent to the hospital in Sandytown ("Home of the Healthy Holiday!") to recuperate from the injuries he received in his last adventure. He's so bored and frustrated that he actually welcomes the murder of a prominent local woman as a chance to bust out of his enforced confinement. The mystery is excellent, and the suspects are a colorful group of oddballs. But my favorite part of this book is Andy's relationship with Charlie, the clever girl who helps him solve the case. THE PRICE OF BUTCHER'S MEAT is sheer pleasure, start to finish. Highly Recommended.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
excellent unique police procedural Nov. 4 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Needing to recover from "the big bang in Mill Street" that nearly killed him (see DEATH COMES FOR THE FAT MAN) and no one able or willing to take him in, Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel heeds the advice of Ellie Pascoe, wife of the Chief Inspector. He obtains a room at the Avalon in Sandytown by the sea, "the Home of the Healthy Holiday".

As he records his feelings per his therapist, Dalziel quickly realizes three families own the small resort town under the auspices of the Sandytown Development Consortium. The Parkers, Denhams and Hollises have ambitious plans for Sandytown until Lady Denham dies mysteriously. Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe leads the investigation in which Dalziel wants in if nothing else at least as a consultant; on the other hand Pascoe desperately wants to keep his sick leave pal "Fat Andy" out so he can lead the show.

This is a refreshing excellent follow-up to DEATH COMES FOR THE FAT MAN. The structure is a radical departure from the long running Dalziel-Pascoe police procedurals as it is told in six interrelated but unique volumes that make the tale more than a whodunit; the story line is a deep character study allowing insight into Dalziel via his taped observations and email sent by local Charlie Whiffle. With a nod to "Janeites" and homage to Jane Austen and her unfinished novel, Reginald Hill provides a great tale.

Harriet Klausner
20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
New Title Same Story Nov. 5 2008
By M. Bigsby - Published on
Format: Hardcover
The Price of Butcher's Meat is a very very good Hill tale. If you were fortunate enough to pick up A Cure for All Diseases in England a few months ago please know that it is the same story under a different USA title.
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
disappointed too March 29 2009
By Ruth - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I always look forward to Reginald Hill's novels but of recent years the books have entered into a level of intellectual tangle and game playing, that I am not sure who is out witting who. Certainly me, . .

Charlotte seems to be a reincarnation of Sam from "The Stranger House". Her telling of the story, and it is a telling versus being played out, becomes tedious, and as soon as I heard (I listened to the book - well as much as I could)and realized character Franny Roote was again to play a part, I was quite irritated and then sad. This character only makes fools of both Pascoe and Dalziel.

I will continue to reread his earlier novels - they are quite wonderful and will test the waters with new ones. I do admire this author very much.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Mr. Hill, You Should Sue Whoever Wrote This Book and Put Your Name On It June 3 2010
By H. L. Cripe - Published on
Format: Mass Market Paperback
What in the world has happened to Reginald Hill? Did he really write this book? I ploughed faithfully through quite a lot of it, all the while telling myself, "This is Reginald Hill. He is one of your favorites. You are supposed to LIKE this book because he wrote it. Keep reading, it will get better." It didn't. I finally got tired of prolix email drivel, inner thoughts in italics, and obnoxious/boring characters -- especially Franny Roote, who should have been killed off in the first book in which he appeared. I turned to the back of the book to find out who the murderer was, then shipped it off to the used-book shop.