Literature

A Clubbable Woman

clubbable woman book review

It was here, on writersbrew, that ladki kijhy said, if I like murder mysteries I should read Reginald Hill. Sound advice; that I followed. So, I picked my first book following the legendary Dalziel and sergeant Pascoe. The book was Death Comes as an End. Mid way I googled out it was the 23rd book in the series, close to the very end.

I enjoyed it enough to venture into the series for a 2nd time. This time I started at the beginning. A Clubbable Woman is the 1st book in the series. It turned out to be a good solid murder mystery. Perhaps my only complain being that there could have been a few more cold bodies left around.

The book introduces the crude and almost pedantic Andy Dalziel, with a perfect foil in the educated young Peter Pascoe. I like the fact that Reginald Hill follows the “show not tell” paradigm in letting the readers gradually discover the characters.

So, Dalziel pretty much knows everyone, has been everywhere and gives a damn. Oh and his wife left him! Wonder why.. He is condescending towards his Sergeant. Ego, is it? Young Pascoe is impressionable. Heart quite on his sleeves. Idealistic, perhaps? Competent? For sure. How much? We’ll probably find out.

They are called in when a woman’s head has been bashed in, quite literally. The husband was in the house with a headache and missed the murder of his wife. Just the setup that takes me to a happy place.

Throw in a few nosy neighbors… A smooth talking helpful boyfriend of the daughter whose mother has been murdered and whose father is the possible murderer… A sports club full of male hormones lusting over alluring unavailable women.. and we are all set for an engrossing murder mystery.

False leads, hidden secrets, blackmail, affairs (in plural), adultery, friendship, filial bonding and heavy dose of suspense all have a place in the enjoyable A Clubbable Women.

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  • saman1@me.com'
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    Saman
    January 31, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Reading Rec…out of the world of Arhi… Maybe it is time to broaden the horizons again. Sounds intriguing. Going on my To Read List. A good murder mystery is always a lighthearted use of time. Laughing. Thanks for the rec.
    Regards,

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      rhea sinha
      February 1, 2016 at 3:28 am

      Hello hi Saman thanks for reading. I love spending weekends with murder mysteries. This one is also on TV as a BBC series I believe. Do try out and tell me how you liked it.

  • Popliarchana@hotmail.com'
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    Archana popli
    February 1, 2016 at 1:27 am

    I love that you guys explore other topics and loved the review ,will look the series up ,I read Catherine coulter fbi series try them they keep you on the edge of the seat ,,keep writing love the unique perspective of life that’s posted here

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      rhea sinha
      February 1, 2016 at 3:30 am

      Thanks a lot Archana. Always good to know you guys are liking what we are writing about and feels good to hang around together here. Will definitely check out Catherine Coulter. Sounds like something I will thoroughly enjoy. I also like FBI centered TV series. Did you see Quantico, the one with Priyanka Chopra? Another favourite is the CIA centric Homeland..

  • geti_m@hotmail.com'
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    albmum14
    February 1, 2016 at 8:37 am

    The book sound interesting or is your review that makes it more so?

    I haven’t read anything from Hill before, so it’s a good time to start exploring. Especially, if it explores the start of the relationship between Dalziel and Pascoli. The whodunit are always an enjoyable genre.

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      rhea sinha
      February 4, 2016 at 11:54 am

      Thanks Albmum.. you know how to make a writer feel happy. Yes, mysteries are one of my favourite fallback option in terms of books and TV. Do give these series a try.

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