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The Price of Butcher's Meat [Mass Market Paperback]

Reginald Hill
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Nov. 1 2009 Dalziel and Pascoe

“Reginald Hill is quite simply one of the best at work today.”

Boston Globe

 

There is no end to the praise mystery writer Reginald Hill has already earned for his British police procedurals featuring Chief Inspector Peter Pascoe and Detective Superintendent “Fat Andy” Dalziel. Having recently bested Harlan Coben, Val McDermid, Michael Connelly, and James Patterson for the Crime Writers Association’s Mystery and Thriller People’s Choice Dagger, the master returns with The Price of Butcher’s Meat—as a recuperating Andy Dalziel (following his close brush with mortality in Death Comes for the Fat Man) gets involved in the murderous politics of a not-so-peaceful seaside community. The Price of Butcher’s Meat is more “great stuff from one of the greats, and a true must for fans of British crime” (Denver Rocky Mountain News).


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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.

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars The price of butchers meat 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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2.0 out of 5 stars Hard work 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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1.0 out of 5 stars Please can I push Charlotte off a cliff? Feb. 4 2013
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 charley@whiffle.com. 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 Amazon.com 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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5.0 out of 5 stars A Cure For All Diseases Nov. 17 2008
By Tom S. - Published on Amazon.com
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.
17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars New Title Same Story Nov. 5 2008
By M. Bigsby - Published on Amazon.com
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.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent unique police procedural Nov. 4 2008
By Harriet Klausner - Published on Amazon.com
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
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointed too March 29 2009
By Ruth - Published on Amazon.com
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.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Fat Man Returns Feb. 9 2009
By Ted Feit - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Sometimes being too clever is good. Then, on the other hand, sometimes not. This latest Dalziel and Pascoe Mystery provides an example of both. It is too clever by half. To begin with, the Fat Man, Andy Dalziel, is now awake from the coma he suffered from a bomb blast in the previous novel in the series, and, although weakened and thinner, is still, at least, awake and witty. His girlfriend talks him into going to a convalescent facility in an interesting seaside town and while recovering, he finds himself in the middle of several murders, but having to take a backseat to his protégé, Peter Pascoe, because he is still on leave.

Lady Denham, who has outlived two husbands, taking over the wealth of the first and the title of the second, is found strangled and roasting on a barbeque. Between her rampant sex drive and penchant for subjugating potential heirs, there is no lack of suspects. Two additional deaths follow.

The problem with the novel is its construction. The first part is presented in the form of e-mails by a young psychology student. While observant and providing plenty of information, the pages tend to drone and drag on. These are complemented by Andy dictating his innermost thoughts and observations; also somewhat overdone. When the reader gets past these pages, one can hunker down to a traditional police procedural on a par with the best of the series.

As Yogi said, it ain't over `til it's over. And the reader is never sure that the end is near, even at the final chapter, which is introduced again by a tape recording. The 500-plus pages are a lot to slog though. But reaching the conclusion is well worth the effort. And it is good to have the Fat Man amongst the living again. [In the last entry, he dominated the book by sleeping completely through it.] Recommended.
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