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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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By Nancy J on 11-16-13

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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By Polly on 03-08-17

Good Story nearly ruined by Narration

Narrator Brian Glover has got all of the different UK accents down pat. However, his volume range is extreme. So, as I was driving, I was constantly adjusting the volume knob on my sound system. It was terribly frustrating, and there were some segments too quiet to understand, no matter how far up I turned the knob. And, if a loud character chimed in after a quiet character had been speaking, the resultant explosion of LOUD dialog made me jump right out of my seat.

To be fair to him, there is another aspect of this book that makes it tough for audio. The author has written "thoughts" as well as dialog, and these thoughts are frequently and tightly enmeshed with the spoken word. So I often wondered, "Is he saying that out loud? Is he just thinking that?"

All in all, this book should be read.

Author Reginald Hill writes a good story, and I would like to know what his characters do next. This is a series of books following the same policemen on various adventures. It was also made into a British TV series that I have never watched.

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By evertonboy on 08-23-15

Good story, good narrator...but

If you could sum up A Clubbable Woman in three words, what would they be?

great atmospheric tale

What about Brian Glover’s performance did you like?

his thick accent brought Dalziel to life..especially the bits describing his rather unsavoury scratching habits, and the great relish he takes in them!

Any additional comments?

One major fault is the sequence of the book is incorrect - Audible must have transferred from tapes or CD to a single MP3 file, and they have got one of the chapters out of sequence. I was mystified to hear that the boyfriend was back with his girlfriend again, only to hear the scene describing his return narrated about 20 minutes later! FAIL

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By Richard Irwin on 03-31-16

Couldn't finish it because of narrator

Really poor characterisation. Young student sounds like old lech, dreadful mixture of unrealistic accents. Could not believe this was Brian Glover. Have enjoyed other Reginald Hill recordings - they were humorous and gripping. This lost the humour and the humans were not believable.

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