Arms and the Women: An Elliad by Reginald Hill

Reginald Hill's Dalziel/Pascoe series has become a staple for those interested in suspense-filled British mysteries.

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Arms and the Women: An Elliad by Reginald Hill


  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages ; Dimensions (in inches): 1.19 x 6.85 x 4.15
  • Publisher: Dell Publishing; Reprint edition (October 10, 2000)
  • ISBN: 0440225949
    Although Yorkshire's Superintendent Andy Dalziel and Inspector Peter Pascoe are strong supporting characters in Hill's 18th entry in this enduring series, the real stars are an evocative array of women.

    Deeply shaken by her 9-year-old daughter's close encounter with death in On Beulah Height, Peter's wife Ellie has taken to writing a novel for comfort. It's about the Greeks and the Trojans, but the odd thing is that her Odysseus looks and sounds a lot like Andy Dalziel. (After Aenas accuses him of being one of his sworn enemies, Odysseus replies, "Nay, lord ... I've sworn to nowt about you lot. I've never heard owt about you but good, nor do I wish you any harm, and I'll swear to that here and now, if you like."). Still, her happy days spent writing are soon cut short when she narrowly avoids being kidnapped by a slick couple who show up in a white Mercedes. Then her neighbor, Daphne Aldermann, has her stiff upper lip split when she goes after an intruder outside the Pascoe house and is badly beaten. Other compelling female characters include the tough and glamorous Constable Shirley Novello (who volunteers to guard Ellie despite an instinctive dislike between them), an elderly activist called Feenie Macallum, and a con woman, Kelly Cornelius (who is linked to some IRA gun runners and Colombian drug dealers). Between them, these women work out a beautiful, dangerous revenge on the villains who threaten them.

    Once again, Reginald Hill has found a new way to get our attention and prove that--for him--the restraints of the mystery are nonexistent. --Dick Adler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

    Book Description

    Someone attempts to abduct Ellie Pascoe, and her friend, Daphne Alderman, is assaulted by a man keeping watch on the Pascoe house. Dalziel, Pascoe and Wield feel certain there must be a link here with one of Pascoe's cases, either current or past. Only DC Shirley Novello wonders whether perhaps these events might have more to do with Ellie than her husband.

    While the men concentrate on their individual theories, Ellie, her daughter Rosie, Daphne, and Novello (their official minder) head for the coast to the supposed safety of the Alderman's holiday home, Cleets Cottage. But their flight proves somewhat futile as Ellie's would-be abductor continues to send her letters of possibly threatening intent, composed in a strange Elizabethan English.

    Reader Reviews
    Sing, O Goddess..., September 22, 2003 Reviewer: pottermack from Chifley, A.C.T. Australia A departure for Hill: a book of pure fantasy, in the Innesian manner. Pascoe's wife Ellie finds herself threatened-by the Secret Service? By Colombian terrorists? By the IRA?-but copes by writing a parody of Homer in which Ulysses and Aeneas represent Dalziel and Pasoce. Entertainment abounds, although the plot is too wild and wheeling to really pass muster-which is what one may expect when the author weaves his plot around Cymbeline! Franny Roote appears, only to cut his wrists. A pity he didn't do the job properly.

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