A Clubbable Woman : Dalziel & Pascoe

  • by Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by Brian Glover
  • Series: Dalziel & Pascoe
  • 7 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

This is the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series, which was made into a hugely popular BBC TV serial. Two unorthodox police officers are called to investigate dodgy dealings at Wetherton rugby club after the body of their star player's wife is found dead at home.


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Excellent Beginning to Series

I am always delighted to discover a series that is new to me, which is entertaining, clever and well-written. So I am very pleased to have found the Dalziel and Pascoe series, which begins with "A Clubbable Woman."

First published in 1970, this book establishes the characters of Inspector Dalziel (pronounced Dee-ELL) and Sergeant Pascoe, members of the police in a medium sized town in Yorkshire. They are a fairly new mismatched pair -- the Inspector is a grizzled veteran who is large, messy, ill-mannered and loud, and who scratches a lot. The Sergeant is younger, a University graduate, nice looking and very well-mannered. A fairly large part of the story involves the partners' adjusting to each other. This requires Pascoe to attempt to understand Dalziel - not an easy thing.

The mystery involves the murder of the wife of an old star Rugby player, and the investigation centers around the local Rugby club, the social center for all of the current and former players. The plot is quite involved and the solution was not given away until quite near the end.

The book was quite enjoyable and was made even more so by the excellent narration of Brian Glover. The majority of characters spoke with Yorkshire accents, which Glover handled very well, at least to these American ears. The addition of Irish, Welsh, and Scots characters, as well as University and aristocratic accents were equally well done.

I would recommend this book to any reader who enjoys well drafted plots, colorful characters, and very little graphic violence and sex.
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- Nancy J

Poor Quality

Difficult to understand; too soft or too loud; accents are not easy to understand; story grinds on and on.
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- Katherine

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-13-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios