January 16th, 2010


Review: An April Shroud by Reginald Hill

An April Shroud (Signet Mystery) An April Shroud by Reginald Hill

My rating: 3 of 5 stars
After Pascoe and Ellie getting center stage in Ruling Passion, it's only fair that Dalziel gets a book to himself, although I was a bit dubious about a solo Dalziel novel. It actually works much better than I would have expected, with Dalziel going on holiday in horrible weather, getting stranded in a big house in the country with a family called the Fieldings, and quickly discovering that there's a mystery to be solved. Multiple mysteries, in fact.

Though Dalziel works remarkably well as a solo protagonist, I still don't think this will rank as one of my favorites in this series. The story was plenty entertaining, but there were so many odd and unpleasant characters among the Fieldings and their friends, and so many little intrigues and deceptions, that the final unravelling felt a bit anticlimactic. On the other hand, we get Dalziel in a giant floppy green velvet hat.

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