Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pasc. A Clubbable Woman is a crime novel by Reginald Hill, the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Publication history[edit]. , London: Collins Crime . A Clubbable Woman: Dalziel & Pascoe #1 [Reginald Hill] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Mary Connon, a small-town femme fatale.

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The plotting is very good as, of course, is the writing. You are commenting using your Facebook account. I presume it improves greatly. First published inthe book shows its age in Hill’s depiction of most of the women as sexual temptresses — surprising for someone who went on to write one of the most intriguingly feminist characters in crime fiction in Elly, Pete’s future wife.

Out in the hinterlands culbbable the only writing I have recently encountered with a real effort to give us the Northlands manner of speaking.

A Clubbable Woman

Edit Womaan Episode cast overview, first billed only: This is the first book in the long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series — my favourite crime series of all time. First published inthis is now a little dated and suffers from being too slow-moving.

There A man arrives home late at night with a headache and finds his wife dead. May 17, Jules Jones rated it womwn liked it Shelves: In the book was adapted by the late Alan Plater for TV with commendable fidelity and led to a series that ran for over 10 years.


Still fit to play, though not at the top levels, he was a stalwart of the local rugby team in Mid Yorkshire, and still turns out occasionally for the fourth team — the old-timers whose glory days are behind them. I originally started, as so often, in the middle of the series and then backtracked to the earlier books.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. A slutty middle-aged woman of Yorkshire is found murdered and her husband, a rugby player, comes under suspicion. There is, however, nothing that works. Books by Reginald Hill. The plot is interesting and quite traditional in format — all of the action centres around the rugby club so there is a defined list of suspects all with various motives. The attitudes of the males seem almost prehistoric, though this might be exaggerated by the rugby club environment around which much of the action centres.

One of the best police procedural series ever written. Trivia About A Clubbable Womsn I’ve heard positive reviews of it, and of the books.

Rushed at the end, fatuous in the beginning and flaky in the middle, this film has little to offer a viewer who has a right to expect something wlman work in 90 minutes of story telling.

It’s important to be aware of the period when reading the book, as many of the potential motivations for the characters revolve around sexual jealousy and flouting of mores.


I was brought up in Yorkshire so had no difficulties relating to any of the colloquial references or the attitudes of the people in that era but can see how others may disengage from the story. The eventual explanation of the murder was so ridiculous as to be laughable.


A highly entertaining series this is and not one that has to be read in sequence because, unlike some, there’s little or no exposition on the main characters’ personal lives. How can you tell?

I almost didn’t finish it but pursued it to the end. Recommended to rabbitprincess by: Thanks very much George.

A CLUBBABLE WOMAN by Reginald Hill | Kirkus Reviews

Stubborn, bloody-minded detectives are a regular feature of British detective mysteries just think of Inspector Morse! Peter Pascoe Warren Clarke Intriguing — I wonder if he can climb walls?

Both Andy Dalziel and Pete Pascoe have some of the attributes that make them such a memorable pairing, but they’re not yet fully clubbabld. Jan 13, Patience rated it liked it.