Detective Superintendent Andy Dalziel investigates murder close to home in this first crime novel featuring the much-loved detective team of Dalziel and Pasc. A Clubbable Woman is a crime novel by Reginald Hill, the first novel in the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Publication history[edit]. , London: Collins Crime . A Clubbable Woman: Dalziel & Pascoe #1 [Reginald Hill] on * FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. When Mary Connon, a small-town femme fatale.

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Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. Home from Rugby Club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Connon finds his wife even more uncommunicative than ususal. After passing out on his bed for five hours, he comes downstairs to discover communication has been cut off forever – by a hole in the middle of her forehead. Down at the club, passions run high, on and off the field.

This is a home game for Detective Su Home from Rugby Club after taking a nasty knock in a match, Connon finds his wife even more uncommunicative than ususal. This is a home game for Detective Superintendent Andrew Dalziel who knows all the players, male and female. But Sergent Peter Pascoe whose loyalties lie with another code has a few ideas of his own. This is the first appearance together on any field for Dalziel and Pascoe, and already we can feel that electricity of opposite but complementary skills which will take them into the topmost division Mass Marketpages.

Published March 1st by HarperCollins first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about A Clubbable Womanplease sign up. Tracey That is correct. See 2 questions about A Clubbable Woman…. Lists with This Book. Aug 29, Kay rated it did not like it Shelves: OMG this was awful I was positively spellbound by its awfulness.

It was dreadful on so many levels — the prose, the plot, the very assumptions that oozed out of the woodwork.

Normally I don’t finish books that I truly dislike, but this was an exception as I found its awfulness positively riveting. Feb 26, Leah rated it really liked it Shelves: A promising debut whose promise was fulfilled Sam Connon had been a rising star destined one day to play rugby for England, when his career was womann off track by an injury.

Still fit to play, though not at the top levels, he was a stalwart of the local rugby team in Mid Yorkshire, and still turns out occasionally for the fourth team — clunbable old-timers whose glory days are behind them. On this afternoon, he has had a kick in the head during a scrum, which has left him feeling woozy and sick. So A promising debut whose promise was fulfilled So when he returns home, he merely pops his head into the living-room to let his wife know he’s home and then goes straight to bed, where he falls into something approaching unconsciousness for clubbabl hours.

His wife hadn’t acknowledged his greeting but that wasn’t too unusual — their marriage was rocky, at best. But when he comes downstairs again, he discovers she is dead, with a circular hole in the middle of her forehead This is the first book in the long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series — my favourite crime series of all time. I originally started, as so often, in the middle of the series and then backtracked to the earlier books.

And I’m rather glad I did, because although this one is a good, solid police procedural it’s nowhere near the standard that Hill reached as the series evolved. Both Clubbabpe Dalziel and Pete Pascoe have some of the attributes that make them such a memorable pairing, but they’re not yet fully developed.


Andy is as brash and uncouth as he will always be, without yet the depth of characterisation that reveals the intelligence, subtlety and loyalty to his junior colleagues that is seen in later books. Pete, still single, spends much of his time having a rather annoying internal monologue, partly about the attractions of the various women he meets in the course of the investigation, and partly about his resentment and reluctant admiration for his boorish boss.

The plotting is very good as, of course, is the writing. First published inthe book shows its age in Hill’s depiction of most of the women as sexual temptresses — surprising for someone who went on to write one of the most intriguingly cpubbable characters in crime fiction in Elly, Pete’s future wife.

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I guess that as a debut writer, Hill may have been trying to conform to what was then the norm, whereas he soon became a leader in the field, showing the way in including strong female and even empathetic gay characters long before the trailing pack would have dared.

However, Connon’s daughter Jenny feels almost like an embryonic Elly, giving a hint of his later style in depicting women as intelligent, witty and, above all, equal to his male characters.

Jenny’s boyfriend, Anthony, is the first example of another ‘type’ that appears regularly throughout the series in different personas — decidedly straight men but with slightly effeminate traits, intellectual and rather urbane, with a love of words.

I have always wondered how much these characters might have been autobiographical. The plot is interesting and quite traditional in format — all of the action centres around the rugby club so there is a defined list of suspects all with various motives. Andy, as a leading figure both in the club and in Mid Yorks life, knows everybody and this gives him access to ‘inside information’.

Pete worries that Andy is too close to the people involved and doesn’t yet know him well enough to be sure that he won’t let his actions and opinions be swayed by friendship.

But true to his later characterisation, Andy believes in justice above all, though he might step outside the bounds occasionally to achieve it. And the solution when it comes gives hints of the complex morality of the criminals Hill will introduce us to in future years. To be honest, if I were reading this for the first time with no knowledge of the series, I’d probably be saying it’s a promising debut, better written than most but fairly standard otherwise.

And I might or might not have gone on to read the next one. So when I highly recommend it, as I am doing, it’s as the first step in what becomes something exceptional further down the line.

A series to be read in its entirety, and though not essential to read them in order, best read that way to see how all three of them – Dalziel and Pascoe, and Hill himself – develop as the years go by. View all 7 comments. Jan 24, Carlin rated it did not like it Shelves: I read the first third of this book and gave up.

It is too much of its time for me. The sexism is casual and the women not very likable. It was such a slog to get past the detective’s unpleasant personality I never got to the point of caring about the crime. Jul 06, HBalikov rated it really liked it. British mystery with a twist.

Out in the hinterlands with the only writing I have recently encountered with cllubbable real effort to give us the Northlands manner of speaking.


Hill is also talented at conveying smaller city manners, as well as, the nature and practice of the local police force. May 24, rabbitprincess rated it liked it Recommends it for: Dalziel and Pascoe completists. Recommended to rabbitprincess by: A good enough entry to the Dalziel and Pascoe series. It is the first one, so readers more familiar with Hill’s later work may cubbable surprised by how his narrative voice feels.

I don’t remember Pascoe having quite so many internal monologues in later works, but it’s interesting to see them in a more rambly form. The case itself had decent twists and turns, but the atmosphere of the book was definitely saturated in rugby; the family at the heart of the case are involved with a rugby club. Not being a A good enough entry to the Dalziel and Pascoe series. Nevertheless, I did enjoy this book, but I would suggest that newcomers to Dalziel and Pascoe get a few of the more recent ones under their belt before going back to this one.

His new boss is Superintendent Andrew Dalziel Dee-ell is big, sloppy, a copious drinker and has his own way of solving crimes. I their first case together, they investigate the murder of Mary Connon. Mary Connon was a shrewish housewife married to a former local rugby star. We are discovering Dalziel as Pascoe is.

Nor, because of the nature of it, does it have the interplay or humor between the two characters. What it does have is a good plot and clkbbable solid foundation for the rest of the series. I look forward to seeing where it clubbanle from here. The first one in the series is usually fairly bad.

Hopefully they get better. A slutty middle-aged woman of Yorkshire is found murdered and her husband, a rugby player, comes under suspicion. As does everyone at the Rugby Club. Hill’s writing is not bad, but there’s lots of vintage casual misogyny starting with the double clubbale title. First published inthis is now a little dated and suffers from being too slow-moving.

I hope the later books improve a little from this tale involving the local Rugby Club.

May 17, Jules Jones rated it really liked it Shelves: The first of the Dalziel and Pascoe novels is not as complex or thoughtful as some of the later books in the series, but it’s still an entertaining womaj that lays the foundations of the relationship between two very different men who together form a formidable detective team. Even this first book displays Hill’s witty style and elegant prose, if not to the same high level as later books.

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The main problem readers are likely to face is that the book was first published inand as such is recent enough not to be immediately obviously a period work, while still being old enough for the culture and mores to feel somewhat cpubbable to the modern reader. It’s important to be aware of the period when reading the book, as many of the potential motivations for the characters revolve around sexual jealousy and flouting of mores.

Hill draws a detailed picture of life in a relatively small Yorkshire town in the womah, with its web of social obligations and friendships that can be exploited by both the police and those they’re pursuing.

Sep 03, Will North rated it really liked it. Stubborn, bloody-minded detectives are a regular feature of British detective mysteries just think of Inspector Morse! Being so is his modus operandi.

It Stubborn, bloody-minded detectives are a regular feature of British detective mysteries just think of Inspector Morse!