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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 by Sherie | 1/16/2014

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

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

    " Excellent.. weird but excellent "

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

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

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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.