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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,163 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Reginald Hill Narrator: Shaun Dooley Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dalziel and Pascoe Series Release Date: January 2013 ISBN: 9781470346058
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Sometimes a monster can hide behind a mask of civilized, urbane intelligence.

Sometimes the most terrible of crimes can go undetected and unpunished.

Sometimes Death has a wicked sense of humor…

Three times DCI Pascoe has wrongly accused deadpan joker Franny Roote. This time he’s determined to leave no gravestone unturned as he tries to prove that the ex-con and aspiring academic is mad, bad, and dangerous to know.

Meanwhile, Edgar Wield rides to the rescue of a child in danger, only to find he has a rent-boy with a priceless secret under his wing. DC Bowler is looking forward to a blissful New Year with the girl of his dreams. Unfortunately, her dreams are filled with a horror too terrible to tell.

And over all this activity broods the huge form of DS Andy Dalziel. As trouble builds, the Fat Man discovers (as have many deities before him) that omniscience can be more trouble than it’s worth, and that sometimes all omnipotence means is that you can have any color you want, as long as it’s black.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Carefully weaving plots and subplots, Hill has created another puzzle filled with realistic characters and a sly sense of humor that moves the story along nimbly.”

    Dallas Morning News

  • “Reginald Hill’s novels are first-class brainteasers...Death’s Jest-Book is classic Hill. he challenges the reader with not only multiple storylines but also with clever wordplay...Like a Chinese puzzle-box, no sooner is one mystery solved than another reveals itself.

    Orlando Sentinel

  • “Fast-paced and dramatic.”

    Tampa Tribune

  • “Clever, involving, and admirably resolved...No one does it better than Hill.”

    Guardian (London)

  • “A delight to read, written with a wit and appreciation of language rare, if not unique, in the genre.”

    Evening Standard (London)

  • “[A] gritty, witty psychological suspense novel.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Once again, Hill takes the classic British mystery to new levels of psychological suspense, character development, and literary mystery.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “Bumptious Andy and elegant Peter are in top form.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 1/16/2014

    " Hated the way Peter acted in this one and the way it ended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viktoria | 12/6/2013

    " it seems that reginald hill starts three different stories but at the end all of them resolve wonderfully in one. and what a thrilling end it is! as always: wonderful characters! dalziel, pascoe, wield and all the others are great developed. it just wants to make you read more about them. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrick | 11/30/2013

    " Excellent.. weird but excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Read | 11/18/2013

    " So far so good - my first Reginald Hill "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 11/12/2013

    " Death's Jest-Book finishes off the story started in Dialogues of the Dead. A surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 10/20/2013

    " I've been re-reading a few books that I either remember fondly or don't remember much at all. This is a difficult read because of multiple complex story lines, but in the end I think I'm going to revise my rating. Hill is amazing at character development and the subtlety of evil in ordinary people. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham Botha | 9/27/2013

    " The story is disjointed and the list of characters confusing. Periodically the story grabs the reader with a little spurt of excitement or tension, but frequently these bouts fizzle or are left unresolved "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viktoria | 9/17/2013

    " it seems that reginald hill starts three different stories but at the end all of them resolve wonderfully in one. and what a thrilling end it is! as always: wonderful characters! dalziel, pascoe, wield and all the others are great developed. it just wants to make you read more about them. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 9/15/2013

    " Good riddance, Franny Roote! I was entirely sick of him by the end of this. Diappointed more wasn't made out of the Rye/Hat situation, that could have been really good. Liked the last one so much better! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 8/24/2013

    " cheeky british crime noir... a fun read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 6/17/2013

    " Three is the top mark I give to mysteries. Love the Pascoe and Dalziel series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/27/2013

    " I love this author. Every book he writes is different but all have a great, enthusiastic quality. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 4/28/2013

    " This is the second time I have read this. Whilst it was a compulsive page turner the ending is not satisfying. It is very much a sequel to the equally unsatisfying "Dialogues of the dead". "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin | 4/22/2013

    " A kind of sequel to Dialogues of the Dead, which it would be useful to have read before this. It works well as a stand alone in the series, but works better as a complement to the earlier novel referred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 3/7/2013

    " Another enjoyable read from a much-mourned master detective novelist. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 2/19/2013

    " 558 pages of English detection - good plot, way too long for solution to mystery "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 2/13/2013

    " Excellent book, intricately plotted with fascinating characters. It's beautifully written and I loved it!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 12/19/2012

    " Good riddance, Franny Roote! I was entirely sick of him by the end of this. Diappointed more wasn't made out of the Rye/Hat situation, that could have been really good. Liked the last one so much better! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog Harrison | 11/20/2012

    " This is the second time I have read this. Whilst it was a compulsive page turner the ending is not satisfying. It is very much a sequel to the equally unsatisfying "Dialogues of the dead". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 10/8/2012

    " Hated the way Peter acted in this one and the way it ended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Graham Botha | 3/17/2012

    " The story is disjointed and the list of characters confusing. Periodically the story grabs the reader with a little spurt of excitement or tension, but frequently these bouts fizzle or are left unresolved "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrick | 11/15/2011

    " Excellent.. weird but excellent "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 8/6/2011

    " cheeky british crime noir... a fun read... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Read | 8/3/2011

    " So far so good - my first Reginald Hill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin | 6/27/2011

    " A kind of sequel to Dialogues of the Dead, which it would be useful to have read before this. It works well as a stand alone in the series, but works better as a complement to the earlier novel referred. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly | 6/17/2011

    " Another enjoyable read from a much-mourned master detective novelist. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 5/13/2011

    " I love this author. Every book he writes is different but all have a great, enthusiastic quality. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 5/1/2011

    " 558 pages of English detection - good plot, way too long for solution to mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 2/19/2011

    " Three is the top mark I give to mysteries. Love the Pascoe and Dalziel series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 9/22/2010

    " I've been re-reading a few books that I either remember fondly or don't remember much at all. This is a difficult read because of multiple complex story lines, but in the end I think I'm going to revise my rating. Hill is amazing at character development and the subtlety of evil in ordinary people. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carol | 9/16/2010

    " Excellent book, intricately plotted with fascinating characters. It's beautifully written and I loved it!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 6/30/2010

    " Death's Jest-Book finishes off the story started in Dialogues of the Dead. A surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Leslie | 6/22/2010

    " I love this author. Every book he writes is different but all have a great, enthusiastic quality. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Viktoria | 3/8/2010

    " it seems that reginald hill starts three different stories but at the end all of them resolve wonderfully in one. and what a thrilling end it is! as always: wonderful characters! dalziel, pascoe, wield and all the others are great developed. it just wants to make you read more about them. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jane | 10/3/2009

    " Death's Jest-Book finishes off the story started in Dialogues of the Dead. A surprise ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eileen | 8/12/2009

    " I've been re-reading a few books that I either remember fondly or don't remember much at all. This is a difficult read because of multiple complex story lines, but in the end I think I'm going to revise my rating. Hill is amazing at character development and the subtlety of evil in ordinary people. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 1/27/2009

    " So far so good - my first Reginald Hill "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Merrick | 1/8/2009

    " Excellent.. weird but excellent "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rog | 12/5/2008

    " This is the second time I have read this. Whilst it was a compulsive page turner the ending is not satisfying. It is very much a sequel to the equally unsatisfying "Dialogues of the dead". "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Barb | 10/16/2008

    " 558 pages of English detection - good plot, way too long for solution to mystery "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherie | 8/19/2008

    " Hated the way Peter acted in this one and the way it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joan | 8/9/2008

    " Three is the top mark I give to mysteries. Love the Pascoe and Dalziel series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jill | 8/2/2008

    " Good riddance, Franny Roote! I was entirely sick of him by the end of this. Diappointed more wasn't made out of the Rye/Hat situation, that could have been really good. Liked the last one so much better! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gavin | 4/3/2008

    " A kind of sequel to Dialogues of the Dead, which it would be useful to have read before this. It works well as a stand alone in the series, but works better as a complement to the earlier novel referred. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Thomas | 3/2/2008

    " cheeky british crime noir... a fun read... "

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About the Author
Author Reginald Hill

Reginald Hill has been widely published both in England and the United States. He received Britain’s most coveted mystery writers award, the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award, as well as the Golden Dagger for his Dalziel/Pascoe series. He lives with his wife in Cumbria, England.