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  • Good Morning, Midnight

  • Dalziel and Pascoe Series, Book 21
  • By: Reginald Hill
  • Narrated by: Shaun Dooley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 50 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (184 ratings)

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Good Morning, Midnight

By: Reginald Hill
Narrated by: Shaun Dooley
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Summary

Like father like son....But heredity seems to have gone a gene too far when Pal Maciver's suicide in a locked room exactly mirrors that of his father 10 years earlier. In each case, accusing fingers point towards Pal's stepmother, the beautiful, enigmatic Kay Kafka. But she turns out to have a formidable champion: Mid-Yorkshire's own super-heavyweight, Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel.
© Reginald Hill; (P) W F Howes Ltd

Critic reviews

"Literate without being pedantic, humorous without undercutting suspense, Hill's book will keep you reading far beyond the midnight hour." ( Sunday Express)
"The writing is brilliant, witty and erudite...as enjoyable as anything Reginald Hill has ever produced." ( Evening Standard)

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An easy 5 Stars

Involved and involving plot, absolutely delicious, witty, absorbing prose, superb characters and Shaun Dooley knocks spots off the (actually very good) Colin Buchanan as a narrator. A complete winner.

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Great read/listen

If you like Dalziel and Pascoe on TV you'll love this book, loads of twists and turns in the plot.

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My opinion!

Loved this book ~narrator was brilliant especially as Dalziel ~ very funny in parts couldn’t stop chuckling to my self, the raport between Dalziel and Pascoe classic.

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Good book irritatingly read.

I love the Dalziel and Pascoe books and was looking forward to collecting them as audiobooks to listen to whilst travelling. However here I find I am always waiting for the next mispronounced word - and there are quite a lot of them. Some may be due to an accent variation but most people don't put bucks into buckcases, luck into mirrors or phush phushchairs rather than 'pooshchairs'. There has been so much of this in the first hour that it has spoilt the book for me. Such a shame.

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Complicated

As ever the star of the novel is the fat man and his dialogue. The plot was rather strained but the professionalism of the writing and narration kept me interested.

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Bloody marvellous!

As I Said, "Bloody marvellous!"

I do not need the other ten words to express my opinion.....

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Convoluted but entertaining...

When Pal McIver commits suicide in a particularly elaborate way, it mirrors exactly the death of his father some ten years earlier. But were both deaths suicide? Or was one or the other – or both – murder? Dalziel had been involved in the ealrier investigation but not Pascoe, and now Pascoe finds that Dalziel seems to be obstructing the investigation into the second, possibly because of his friendship (or is it more?) with the enigmatic Kay Kafka, wife of the elder Pal and (wicked?) stepmother of the younger.

One of his more convoluted plots that touches on the big news story of the time – the war in Iraq – and involves some murky spy stuff of both the American and the British kind. Not one of my favourites, although as always with Hill, there’s much to enjoy in the interaction between the regulars, and there are some excellent one-off characters like the aforementioned Kay. I’ve read it twice now and the plot doesn’t seem to stay in my mind – too much going on in it, I think! Enjoyable, though, and moves Hat’s story on from the previous two books.

Very tired of the constant chopping and changing of narrator in this series. I wish they'd get Colin Buchanan to do the ones he's missed.

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Not enough Dalziel

A good reading and the story differs sufficiently from the tv version, to keep it interesting but overall not enough Dalziel and too much background material and a slows intro.

Still a good listen but not as funny as some.

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Brilliantly written.

If your view of Dalziel and Pascoe is coloured by the TV series, think again. The way these books are written, is witty and multi dimensional. The characters are complex and well drawn, and remain consistent throughout, not changing to suit the plot. The plot bounces off them, as in real life. The humor is wry and will make you smile wherever you are. I would highly recommend this to listen to . Shaun Dooley's voice does not get in the way of the story, I would say adds to the atmosphere. I would defy the listener to guess correctly the way the story is going to end. It is a long listen, and worth every minute.

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Gripping

I love the world of Daziel and Pascoe; all the characters are so well judged, so distinctive and the plot sufficiently complex to keep you guessing.

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