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By Reginald Hill | Comments: ( 137 ) | Date: ( Dec 13, 2019 )

An April Shroud is an offbeat adventure that finds Dalziel on holiday, in love and up to his ears in murder Cleveland Plain Dealer.


  • Title: An April Shroud
  • Author: Reginald Hill
  • ISBN: 9780451147837
  • Page: 476
  • Format: Paperback

About Author:

Reginald Hill

Reginald Charles Hill is a contemporary English crime writer, and the winner in 1995 of the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.After National Service 1955 57 and studying English at St Catherine s College, Oxford University 1957 60 he worked as a teacher for many years, rising to Senior Lecturer at Doncaster College of Education In 1980 he retired from salaried work in order to devote himself full time to writing.Hill is best known for his than 20 novels featuring the Yorkshire detectives Andrew Dalziel, Peter Pascoe and Edgar Wield He has also written than 30 other novels, including five featuring Joe Sixsmith, a black machine operator turned private detective in a fictional Luton Novels originally published under the pseudonyms of Patrick Ruell, Dick Morland, and Charles Underhill have now appeared under his own name Hill is also a writer of short stories, and ghost tales.



Comments An April Shroud

  • Patricia

    Best opening scene ever.


  • Kay

    This was the fourth in what became an amazing series of books about Detective Inspector Peter Pascoe and his outrageous superintendent, Andrew Dalziel (known behind his back as Fat Andy). They are surely one of the most brilliant pairs of sleuths ever devised, and I never get tired of reading about them. This one takes us all the way back to the wedding of Peter and Ellie, whose honeymoon coincides with an enforced holiday by Fat Andy. In no short order, he gets embroiled in a mystery--a good th [...]


  • cloudyskye

    So-so. Perhaps I've had too many Brit detective pairings or perhaps it's just this volume, but I couldn't quite warm to it. After dominating the last one, newly married Pascoe is now missing for most of the story. So it's just Dalziel scratching away at one body part or another (his own) and dealing with about a dozen new characters whom I had a hard time telling apart and whose names and back stories I didn't really care about. The next one will decide whether I'll continue with this series.


  • Eric_W

    Ironically, the TV series featuring Dalziel and Pascoe retitled this book “Autumn Shroud.” I hate it when they do that. I’m a huge fan of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels.Following Pascoe’s wedding to Ellie, Andy is off on a two-week holiday but he has no idea what to do with himself other than drive around and when his car breaks down he finds himself intrigued by a family burying a father and husband in a singularly emotionless fashion. In his inimitable way, he insinuates himself into th [...]


  • Wendy

    After Pascoe and Ellie getting center stage in Ruling Passion, it's only fair that Dalziel gets a book to himself, although I was a bit dubious about a solo Dalziel novel. It actually works much better than I would have expected, with Dalziel going on holiday in horrible weather, getting stranded in a big house in the country with a family called the Fieldings, and quickly discovering that there's a mystery to be solved. Multiple mysteries, in fact. Though Dalziel works remarkably well as a solo [...]


  • LJ

    First Sentence: No one knew how it came about the Dalziel was making a speech.With Pascoe off on his honeymoon, Dalziel (Dee-Ell) is taking a holiday of his own. Things quickly go awry when his car is swamped in a flooding road. He is rescued by a group of rather happy mourners and taken to a decrepit mansion to dry off. More seems wrong than just the state of the abode; there’s a preserved rat in the freezer and the very appealing mistress of the manner twice widowed in suspicious circumstanc [...]


  • Donna

    I've enjoyed a few of the TV episodes of Dalziel & Pascoe and thought I should try one of the books. An April Shroud was an entertaining English country house murder mystery. Dalziel finds himself on a forced vacation and stranded by flooded roads he is taken in by the unorthodox Fielding family. Murder, insurance scams, and shady business deals plus a little romance keeps you guessing til the very end.


  • Julie

    One of the reasons I love this series so much is for sentences like these: "He had always been a liver in the present, never one of those who tried to take a golden moment and beat it out thinly to cover more ground. But just as his mind in the past months had gradually started to plague him with visions of vacant futurity, so in these last few days, unbidden and almost undetected, an insidious optimism had begun to rise in his subconscious like curls of mist on the lake."


  • Patricia

    Not my favorite book in the Dalziel and Pascoe mystery series, but it was okay. Pascoe was noticeably missing during most of the book, but again, he WAS on his honeymoon! Still, Dalziel was entertaining. The other characters were an interesting lot!


  • Graham

    as a detective novel you are very much the observer at the overweight Andy Dalziel's bluff and sexist romp through this story. insurance claims, a restaurant which may or may not have had stuff stolen from it, a floating coffin and a duck gun feature, but it does leave one somewhat cold.


  • Lois

    What a clever man Mr Hill was; he is the master of the introduction and will always surprise you at the end.


  • Leslie Angel

    i dunno, maybe it's me, but I was bored with this one. Pasco gets married and isn't in it until the end. I felt the prose was flat, unusual for Hill.


  • Suzanne

    I read this years ago as a short story, and it was far more successful as a short story. There's so much padding that the work drags and so many extraneous, eccentric characters that it's hard not only to keep track and keep them straight, but to really care about any of them. The humor is heavy-handed and far too obvious and predictable. I only managed to finish it by skipping to the last chapter; I didn't feel that I'd missed anything. It's evident that Hill was still learning his craft with t [...]


  • Jennie

    This is is the first Dalziel and Pascoe book I have read/listened to and it was a real treat to have it read by Warren Clarke, the actor in the TV series - made it come to life and was completely convincing, any other voice would have seemed to be an imposter.A good mystery that turns into murder that DL happened upon when supposedly on holidays.


  • Timothy

    Pascoe and Dalziel come into their own in the fourth entry of the series. Pascoe is off on his honeymoon and Dalziel his first holiday in years. His holiday is soon soaked through with murder and mystery as he encounters love and liars, poets and posers. The writing is solid, the mystery engaging, and we begin to see more of the humanity of Andy Dalziel.


  • M

    starting the series with #4, as most reviewers said narrator of first 3 ruined it for them. Colin Buchanan was great - great at accents, great at women. So much humor in the books, and loads of literary references.


  • Marti Booker

    Didn't like the detective, read it mostly to see if the series was worth reading. Don't think I'll read any more of them-- it's almost like "Hey, written in the early 1970s in a style attempting to be modern and brash." Meh.


  • Wend

    Incredibly politically incorrect. A book of it's time, but well worth a read.


  • Vi Walker

    3.5 stars would be my rating of this book. Dalziel is attending Pascoe's wedding so whilst Pascoe's on honeymoon Dalziel decides to have a holiday. As a result of flooding Dalziel finds himself staying in a house in which more than one secret resides. A cleverly crafted crime story that keeps you guessing all the way through.


  • J.D.

    Andy Dalziel, the older, louder, fatter, and cruder member of one of crime fiction's oddest couples, is pretty much on his own for most of this fourth installment in the series, and that's not a bad thing. With his more cerebral and often annoying younger partner off on his honeymoon with his equally annoying spouse, Dalziel finds himself on holiday and at loose ends. When he stumbles across a curiously aquatic funeral procession, Dalziel quickly finds himself drying himself and his rain-soaked [...]


  • Jules Jones

    Fourth in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. The previous book focused on Peter Pascoe and his involvement as a witness rather than a policeman, after finding his friends murdered. This one focuses on Andy Dalziel finding himself in a similar situation. The difference here is that Dalziel finds himself amongst strangers, and it's not entirely clear for some time whether there is a crime at all, and if so what it is.[return][return]Dalziel is supposed to be going on holiday after attending Pascoe's w [...]


  • AngryGreyCat

    I have watched and loved the whole Dalziel and Pascoe TV series and so now I am reading through the books. This is book 4 in the series and was mainly Dalziel focused as Pascoe and Ellie just got married. I really enjoyed the focus on Dalziel without the interplay with Pascoe. The “romantic” scene was particularly well done and so in character for Dalziel.This plot revolves around Dalziel on holiday when a flood occurs, trapping him at a country house with a family who just experienced the p [...]


  • Colin Mitchell

    Dalzeil attends Pascoe's (now Inspector) wedding to Ellie. He has taken 2 weeks leave and drives into Lincolnshire to be overtaken by flooding and marooned AT lAKE hOUSE WHERE THEY ARE JUST GOING BY PUNT TO BURY Mr Fielding. D finds that there is a scam going on regarding a fire insurance and the Mrs Bonnie Fielding may have been responsible for her husbands death. He had fallen off a ladder trying to do d-i-y in the banquetting hall. This was taken over by the sub plot of MrF and his son Nigel [...]


  • Alison C

    As "An April Shroud" begins, Detective Sergeant Peter Pascoe is celebrating his wedding to Ellie, and Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel decides to take himself off on a holiday, hoping that it will dispel the depression he has been experiencing. When his car is bogged down on a flooded road, he seeks help at a nearby house, which turns out to be full of very strange people indeed, all of whom are involved in a restaurant project that is attracting all the wrong attention: the attention of [...]


  • Ange

    Really funny at the outset, this Dalziel and Pascoe ( though mostly without Pascoe) has a ripper of a beginning, and keeps most of the entertainment going through the first half. However, it fell flat by the second half and I lost interest by the end. Hill writes so well, it's such a treat to find writing that is witty and funny and sharp. I'm not sure why I didn't enjoy the latter half though, maybe it's me - I do find so few novels of this genre that can last the distance. In this case I think [...]


  • Pamela Mclaren

    A funny and way different mystery as Dalziel goes on a busman's holiday following Pascoe's wedding. Dalziel is a bit depressed and not looking forward to his vacation, so he starts to drive along the countryside and soon runs into a flooded roadway and no way to get out. He sees a strange party floating along on boats — its a group of people and a coffin. He soon hitches a ride and is introduced to a crumbling country manor and the family that lives there. Soon he is caught up with the family' [...]


  • Jon

    My first in the Dalziel-Pascoe series, which apparently was adapted and shown on the BBC for ten years. According to other readers, this series just got better and better, and I certainly admired the graceful and allusive writing. The mystery in this one was OK--the characters were vivid, especially Dalziel himself, although in this one Pascoe was only present in the last pages. I can see that they would be an amazing and original duo. And I appreciated that while the main mystery was solved, D [...]


  • Janina

    This is one of the earlier books in the series of Pascoe and Daziel. Pascoe is getting married to Ellie and although Daziel is happy for those two, he is depressed that his own marriage has failed (although he would never call himself depressed!). After the wedding, Daziel's two weeks of vacation are starting. He plans to drive around in his car, without having a plan where to go. Due to heavy rain and floods, his car gets stuck and in need for help he stumbles upon a more than weird family with [...]


  • Kirsty Darbyshire

    I'm up to Dalziel and Pascoe number four. It's being a bit disappointing so far. Pascoe has been packed off on his honeymoon and we're following Dalziel round on holiday. He's come across some interesting characters and a suspicious death of course, but so far the book is a bit lopsided without Pascoe for balance. In the end the book evened out and Dalziel unsurprisingly filled the void created by his partner's absence. This was a country house murder without the murder and a book that develops [...]


  • Bev Taylor

    a dalziel and pascoe novel this time dalziel takes centre stage as it opens with pascoe's wedding and he is obviously otherwise engaged! dalziel takes a holiday - which is like the 8th wonder of the world - but death does notthis leads him to the lake house with a very peculiar family and his curiosity is aroused - purely professionally of course. plus he falls for the lady of the house how he gets away with what he does. driving home for example after a VERY liquid lunch and speaking to the loc [...]


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