Deadheads

Deadheads Patrick Aldermann an accountant with a company that makes toilets is passionate about his roses which he prunes ruthlessly deadheading any blossoms a minute past their prime so as to make space fo

  • Title: Deadheads
  • Author: Reginald Hill
  • ISBN: 9780586072523
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Mass Market
  • Patrick Aldermann, an accountant with a company that makes toilets, is passionate about his roses, which he prunes ruthlessly, deadheading any blossoms a minute past their prime so as to make space for the younger blooms Not much of a gardener, Dalziel views Patrick as a strong contender for the title of Most Boring Man in Yorkshire Pascoe, though, has noticed that senPatrick Aldermann, an accountant with a company that makes toilets, is passionate about his roses, which he prunes ruthlessly, deadheading any blossoms a minute past their prime so as to make space for the younger blooms Not much of a gardener, Dalziel views Patrick as a strong contender for the title of Most Boring Man in Yorkshire Pascoe, though, has noticed that senior executives at the toilet company gentlemen, you might say, just a minute past their prime have an unlucky habit of dying And when they do, it s all but inevitably Patrick who, like a lucky young bloom, is poised to take their place.

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    1. Reginald Hill

      Reginald Charles Hill is a contemporary English crime writer, and the winner in 1995 of the Crime Writers Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement.After National Service 1955 57 and studying English at St Catherine s College, Oxford University 1957 60 he worked as a teacher for many years, rising to Senior Lecturer at Doncaster College of Education In 1980 he retired from salaried work in order to devote himself full time to writing.Hill is best known for his than 20 novels featuring the Yorkshire detectives Andrew Dalziel, Peter Pascoe and Edgar Wield He has also written than 30 other novels, including five featuring Joe Sixsmith, a black machine operator turned private detective in a fictional Luton Novels originally published under the pseudonyms of Patrick Ruell, Dick Morland, and Charles Underhill have now appeared under his own name Hill is also a writer of short stories, and ghost tales.

    265 thoughts on “Deadheads”

    1. I really enjoy the Dalziel/Pascoe series but this book is not on the top of my list. It has pluses but the minuses got it a little lower rating than I usually give Hill's books.First, the minuses: There is too much Pascoe and not enough Dalziel. Fat Andy is what gives this series such a great ambiance and in this story he is away at a conference in London. Toward the end, we get to be with him a bit more but it is his personality that makes the books so appealing. Second, there is too much Ellie [...]


    2. Completely different from its predecessor, this book reveals the (probable) serial killer fairly early. The police investigate the cold cases, in which there are no solid clues. The likelihood that the suspect is the real murderer varies as the book progresses, the author hinting one way then the other, playing with our expectations. Eventually we learn the truth, while having been entertained on every page by lively dialogue, likable, complex characters, and elegant writing.


    3. Hill is another author I buy in hardcover. He began many years ago as an ordinarily good Brit detective writer and through the years, he has developed more than anyone I can think of in the genre. He has experimented and developed and delighted. I chose this one to comment on because it's one I have read several times for its interesting characterizations. Hill would be a top writer in any genre. He just happens to use policemen as his protagonists. And Fat Andy is one of the best---love him.


    4. Pascoe is left by Dalziel, who has to go off to a conference on PC policing, to discover whether or not a rose aficionado is behind a series of murders made to look like accidents.This series reminds me of Terry Pratchett's Vimes & co. characters--this one particularly does. But there's something about the two books in this series that make it something of a slog to get through. I don't think it's pacing; I'm not sure what it is. A good book, even if something about it makes me want to set t [...]


    5. [These notes were made in 1988, and reflect my first encounter with Dalziel and Pascoe:]. A real chiller of a mystery, the more so since the villain gets away with it, despite the best efforts of some quite intelligent and sympathetically drawn police. The title is a metaphor drawn from rose-gardening, which is the obsession of Patrick Aldermann. It refers to the practice of ripping off old blossoms so that young ones can survive. And all through Aldermann's life, inconvenient people have had co [...]


    6. Akcja powieści rozgrywa się na początku lat osiemdziesiątych na angielskiej prowincji, w Yorkshire. Dwójka detektywów Pascoe i jego przełożony Dalziel nie prowadzą tej sprawy razem, a raczej wzajemnie się wspierają. Podejmują różne tropy, które nasuwają podejrzenia, a w momencie kiedy jeden zarzut zostaje odparty, wyłania się inne morderstwo z przeszłości, które w jakiś sposób łączy się z podejrzanym. Autor wprowadza wielu bohaterów, oprócz tytułowej dwójki mamy dw [...]


    7. *Spoiler alert*Just last night when reading about Reginald Hill's bibliography, I had read that Dalziel and Pascoe, from mid-Yorkshire CID, didn't always get their man. This is one man. I now come to think, almost every writer writes such a character once, one who gets away. Usually a master manipulator. Keigo Higashino wrote similar characters in "Under the midnight sun". Despite that apparent dissatisfaction as a reader that your protagonists don't solve the crime(s) and get a dangerous man, t [...]


    8. An unengaging intrigue regarding a man, Patrick Aldermann, who appears to have had a bit too much luck in life. People in his way have a tendency to die. One of Patrick's co-workers raises his suspicions to the police and Peter Pascoe starts to investigate to see if he can find any sort of evidence to confirm them. This is long-winded, boring and contrived. It is difficult to believe that the police, even in the eighties, would have so little to do that they would time and effort into investigat [...]


    9. Colin Buchanan's narration of this highly convoluted and complex crime novel is sheer delight. All of the well-known characters appear, and some new ones enter stage left, to allow Peter and Elli, and Sergeant Wield's personal lives to become apparent to the listener. Andy Dalziel continues to be arrogant, bombastic, genially racist, attractive to some women, and sometimes sensitive to others.


    10. Standard Hill fare with a rather unusual (and quite impressive) twist at the end. Some reviewers seemed to be disappointed that someone can get away with murder but I think that reflects real life and that Hill should be commended for it. Dalziel on decent form but still rather too much of the annoying Ellie Pascoe for my taste. This to me was a classic four-and-a-half stars but as I can't award that I've gone for four


    11. Was actually quite a good story, but if I want to read about serial murderers getting away with their crimes I could go and buy a newspaper for a buck, and save the money I spend on books. That just really spoils my day!!


    12. A little disappointing. Ideally it's Pascoe and Dalziel together, and there was very little of that. I'm really bored with Ellie constantly and repetitively harping on her topics (women's lib & co.).I did like the rose theme. (view spoiler)[But the serial killer walks free, he's even on a first name basis with Pascoe in the end? Seriously? (hide spoiler)]


    13. Not bad. I would probably read the original series.Although this is the re-written version, it still has lots of content (like imagery and metaphors) to talk about to my ESL students.


    14. * * * 1/2Another early Dalziel and Pascoe mystery (published in 1983). The back cover describes the events of the book as a "cold enigmatic trail of murder", and this description is very apt. It seems that whenever Patrick Aldermann runs into circumstances that may deprive him of his house, Rosemont, and its beautiful rose gardens, the person who stands in his way conveniently dies. But is he actually a murderer, or is it just coincidence? Basically, he is, but there's not enough solid evidence [...]


    15. (view spoiler)[In my limited experience, Hill is remarkable (not unique, but somewhat rare) among mystery authors I know of. The expectations he'll bend/thwart/ seem to me to be among some of the most established. In Deadheads the murderer is not only not arrested by the police, he successfully outwits them; moreover, he and his (probably innocent) wife reappear in later novels in the series as happy, successful subsidiary characters, his wife a good friend of Detective Pascoe's wife Ellie (in A [...]


    16. Dandy Dick Elgood is concerned that one of his employees might, just might, be a serial killer, so he approaches his friend Dalziel, who in turn passes him on to Peter Pascoe for follow-up. Almost immediately after their talk, Dandy Dick retracts his accusations, saying he didn’t know what he was thinking about. But there are other indications that the employee, a rose-obsessed accountant named Patrick Alderman, might be somewhat more than he seems…. This is the seventh in Reginald Hill’s [...]


    17. "An English rose garden on a summer's day. A small boy watches with interest as his great-aunt cuts the deadheads off the rosebushes with a sharp knife. What could be more peaceful, more harmless?" Deadheads was written by Reginald Hill in 1983. It is crime novel which includes two policemen, Dalziel and Pascoe, who appeared in most of his novels and became very popular. It talks about lot of people and their own stories included in one big story. It talks about love, wondering, love affairs,jea [...]


    18. Dalziel & Pascoe #7. The book is themed on varieties of roses, and is very well-written. As with many of this author's works, the plot ties two crimes together, and at least one of them is solved by the end of the story. Even though the conclusion was a bit unsatisfying, I enjoyed the book anyway. In this novel, a new member of the Yorkshire Police CID team is introduced: Cadet Shaheed Singh, who plays an important role in the story. Also, DI Peter Pascoe's wife, Ellie, plays a bigger part i [...]


    19. This was a story of Dalzeil and Pascoe looking into various deaths surrounding Patrick Alderman who rises to an accountancy position close to the board of Perfecta sanitary ware makers. A sub plot is various burglaries at larger houses, these turn out to be Caldicotte the gardener and the Marshes. The story introduced Cadet Singh who found info on the Marshes. Finally while Patrick tends his rose bushes, see title and chapter headings, the suspicions for the deaths fall on him when Dick Elgood, [...]


    20. As other reviewers have said, the ending is unexpected, and not altogether satisfying. But I like that Hill plays with readers' expectations and that each book is subtly different - crime authors with a series can end up being repetitive, but Hill keeps up the surprises, even if they're uncomfortable ones. And I keep being impressed with his portrayal of Ellie Pascoe, whose left-wing feminist 1980's politics is very accurately observed. I might not have given this one 5 stars, but it was still r [...]


    21. This is a mystery novel that takes the unusual course of having our detectives not be able to bring the killer to justice. Strangely, this doesn't make for an unsatisfying novel, although since the book does end with Ellie Pascoe being rather good friends with the wife of the suspected killer, I do wonder if this is a setup for belated justice to be served in a later book. Unusual aspects aside, I found this a very enjoyable read. It's got lots of great characters, with even relatively minor fig [...]


    22. This novel presents several interesting psychological twists to Dalziel, Peter, Ellie, and Wield. There is quite a bit of racism exhibited by the local police force as well as Dalziel (of course). There are also several connections with Dalziel's past that create numerous complictions, not to mention Dalziel being sent to workshop/conference at Scotland Yard to collaborate with personnel from the USA. My lack of expertise with roses did not interfere with my enjoyment of the novel.


    23. A bit of an odd story; not really a mystery but that's not really a complaint. Although there's not very much of a central core to hold the book together it does have a decent degree of focus and is captivating enough. Not one of this series that I'd recommend really, but quite an interesting departure from the run of the mill. {this is book 7 in the dalziel and pascoe series)


    24. Nicely outside the norm. When it seems unbelievable for Ellie to angle into the story the situation is handled with skill. In fact, she tells us she is not really involved after all! It's clever and believable. Except in the very beginning: Isn't someone stabbed or slashed to death? What came of that?I am hooked on Dalziel and Pascoe.


    25. One thing I don't like about this book is the ending. It is fine if the murderer is caught or not, but it is not good that how the murderer did murders. I don't care if the people in the story know the truth, but I want to know it. I want to know how they did things like it seems be impossible to do.


    26. Excellent! All the coppers in this one were in fine form, from beautiful Shahid Singh to lonely Wield (aww), to our titular heroes. And yet and still, the murderer gets away with it, just at the point when you're starting to sympathise with him. Sprinkled with humour (especially from Dalziel's mouth) and a great cast of supporting characters, giving this one a nine out of ten.


    27. Oxford Bookworm Library,level6Time-12/8/2012=110minutes7words summary-rose connect murder gardens past puzzled informationDiscussion Question1,What is the most important thing for your life?It is my family! Very important.2,Do you want to change your character?No, I would like to be what I am now.I reccomend you to read it, but vocabulary is a little difficult.


    28. I opened this wondering if it was new to me—which yay, I loved the characters way back in high school, but no, I have read it before.Well, the real it, not the simplified version. WhichI don't get why it needs, but people like to trim, much as the character Patrick does.


    29. I loved this book! Was the first of the Dalziel and Pascoe (2 British detectives) series I discovered.I have continued to try to read every title in the series. It is also a BBC mystery series. Some nights, I am watching one part of the series and reading another of the series at the same time.


    30. My favorite so far of this great British detective series. I love the interaction between the multifaceted characters & the story lines are complex & interesting. Excellent narration by Colin Buchanan, the actor that plays Detective Pascoe in the TV series.


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