A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #1)

A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #1)

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A Clubbable Woman (Dalziel and Pascoe Series #1) 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
In the early 1970s in Yorkshire, Mary Connon loved rugby literally she loved seducing the local rugby team¿s players. Her husband ¿Connie¿ knew she flirted with the entire squad, but seemed to tolerate her activity. That is until she is found dead in their home the Mid-Yorkshire police believe a cuckold drunken Connie killed his wife fueled by the alcohol.---------------- Case closed except the new cop on the block Andy Dalziel finds the wrap up too simple especially since everyone knows Mary was the local rugby team¿s biggest fan. He thinks sharing a few pints with the players might prove illuminating. Sergeant Peter Pascoe cannot believe the investigative method of his new superior ¿Fat Andy¿, but tags along especially as clues begin to point towards the squad rather than the spouse.------------------ Although in some ways this reprint of the first Dalziel and Pascal British police procedural feels like a 1970s historical (although written at the time as a present day tale), A CLUBBABLE WOMAN remains a well written somewhat a sports whodunit. The story line introduces the audience to the dynamic duo who are working together for the first time thus Pascoe is shocked by Dalziel¿s techniques as he has not adapted to it yet. Fans of the series will enjoy where it all began.-------------- Harriet Klausner
Darrol on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
First in one of the best series I have read. I have read only a few scattered numbers in this series, and all were very good. I am now out to read them all in order.
callmecayce on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was a recommendation from a patron, actually, who knows my taste in stuff and I was actually surprised by how much I liked it. The characters involved in the murder are truly interesting and the two detectives are likable, almost instantaneously, in their own unique ways. I think my enjoyment of this first book was based on the fact that the story revolved around rugby, which isn't a sport I'm familiar with, but it's a sport all the same. That started the novel off on the right foot and it just got better from there. I quite liked Dalziel and Pascoe -- especially the way they ended up playing off each other as the novel went on. The plot was interesting, I kept trying to guess who the killer was (and got close a few times and figured out, then was like, no that can't be ... and then it was). I will definitely attempt to read more of this series. It definitely fits into my obsession with things created before I was born (aka in the 60s and early to mid 70s).
thorold on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
As several others have said, this is a perfectly good detective story by anyone's standards, unless you happen to have read the author's more recent work, in which case it becomes a bit of a disappointment. The story isn't as complex, there aren't as many jokes and literary sleights of hand (though the book gets at least half a star extra for the clever title), we only get two detectives instead of the whole team, etc. As far as I can remember, there's not much they had to miss out when they made the TV version, which is a bad sign in a novel. But it's worth reading, just to see where it all started. And there are some surprises - not least when a character is charged 2/6 for a whisky in the opening pages, and you realise that D&P have been together since before the introduction of decimal currency. If Dalziel was already a superintendent in 1970, what age would that make him in 2008? Fortunately, there's no law that says that fictional characters have to age at the same rate as the rest of us...
JulesJones on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The first of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels is not as complex or thoughtful as some of the later books in the series, but it's still an entertaining mystery that lays the foundations of the relationship between two very different men who together form a formidable detective team. Even this first book displays Hill's witty style and elegant prose, if not to the same high level as later books.The book is based around the goings-on at a rugby club that may or may not be connected with the murder of the wife of one of the players, but no knowledge of the game is required to enjoy the book -- it's a study of the social interactions in such a venue rather than the sport itself. The main problem readers are likely to face is that the book was first published in 1970, and as such is recent enough not to be immediately obviously a period work, while still being old enough for the culture and mores to feel somewhat odd to the modern reader. 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. Hill draws a detailed picture of life in a relatively small Yorkshire town in the 1970s, with its web of social obligations and friendships that can be exploited by both the police and those they're pursuing.Not my favourite of the series, and the characters aren't yet fully developed, but well worth reading both in its own right and as an introduction to the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago