February 25, 2005

Death's Jest Book, by Reginald Hill

It's been quite a while since I've reviewed a Dalziel/Pascoe novel; mostly because I acquired its predecessor, Dialogues of the Dead, while I was in Australia a couple of years ago, and apparently the Commonwealth countries get them before we do. Consequently, it's been a long dry spell.

No matter. Death's Jest Book is worth the wait. Not only is it a fine murder mystery in its own right, easily as good as the earlier books in the series, but it also picks up a number of threads that Dialogues left dangling and ties them neatly into bows. The enigmatic Franny Roote--is he an innocent man, or a charming sociopath? And will the true perpetrator of the Wordman murders ever be discovered? I hesitate to say any more for fear of giving something important away.

It's an odd and unusual book, even for Hill, and I read it with great enjoyment. For obvious reasons, though, it's not the one to start with.

Posted by Will Duquette at February 25, 2005 07:01 PM