Deadheads by Reginald Hill | LibraryThing
Deadheads (Dalziel & Pascoe Novel); ›; Customer reviews the plot ties two crimes together, and at least one of them is solved by the end of the story. about three years into Peter and Ellie Pascoe's marriage (baby Rose is two at this time). Dalziel and Pascoe (–) Deadheads Poster ('Jonathan Cullen') even though it could not be proven that he had any connection to the deaths. Jill said: I really enjoy the Dalziel/Pascoe series but this book is not on the top of two crimes together, and at least one of them is solved by the end of the story.
What's there to investigate about you? Pure as the driven snow. So how's that lad of yours? What's he up to now? He's on the board at ICE. Dick Elgood's a mate from the rugby club. So young Patrick's a credit to his mother, is he?
Dalziel and Pascoe (TV series) - Wikipedia
Can't have been easy for you, bringing him up on your own. Didn't have single parents in them days. It was all tarts and bastards. You know how to talk to a girl, Andy. I'm well out of practice. Why didn't you marry the father? None of your damned business. None of my business. But whoever he is, or was, he's a blaggard for dropping you in it in the first place, and a fool for not marrying you when he'd the chance.
I didn't give him the chance.
Dalziel and Pascoe (1996) s02e03 Episode Script
Oh I'm sure you had good reasons. Sowhat else would you like to know about my private life? Well, since we're on the subject I thought I was joking. Hear me out, then you decide. When your Auntie Flo dropped dead in the rose bushes, and you and Patrick got the lot - house, money, garden and so on - I heard something in the rugby club.
What did you hear in the rugby club? I heard, and it was no more than saloon bar chat, you understand, with a piss artist of a solicitor, I did hear that Auntie Flo didn't want you to inherit. Some talk of leaving it all to a bunch of missionaries. And when she died, there was no sign of a will.
You fat, hypocritical, overweight, devious bastard! Looks like we'll not be bothering with coffee, sunbeam.
You might need it to wallop someone. There's no need to check. What are you doing? I'm walking you home. If I take a woman out, two things happen - I pick up the tab and I see her home. It's called good manners where I'm from. This is my front door. Besides, did you leave the light on? I had better check inside. Well, this is London. Dalziel is his usual outrageous self, with a few lines prompting some pretty scandalized laughter.
The description is very vivid -- the final victim's demise was pretty gruesome to read about, and it made the character of Patrick that much more chilling to contemplate because he displayed absolutely no remorse about it and would very likely have known just how horrifying a death his victim was in for. It also occurs to me that the multiple murders made to look like accidents is somewhat reminiscent of Agatha Christie's Murder is Easy, although Patrick is even more subtle than the murderer in that book, because in one case it is implied that Patrick merely suggested that the victim return home at a certain time, knowing full well that the circumstances that would greet the victim would produce the desired result.
To sum up, this is a good book, an interesting mystery and you may even pick up a thing or two about roses. This is truly a delightful book, in its clever structure—each chapter is themed by the description of a particular rose variety, and the title provides the unifying concept to the plot. There is some crackling dialogue, with the Pascoes taking more of centre stage this time.
And oh-by-the-way there are several suspicious deaths that follow the oddly disquieting Aldermann around. Her faith in the police force is questioned when she is kidnapped by two armed thugs in "Dust Thou Art", but she quickly recovers to carry on as one of the main officers to accompany Dalziel and Pascoe on their most tasking investigations.
Although the pair don't initially hit it off, Dalziel builds up a bond with Janet, and the pair grow to respect each other in time. Initially, she's only the go-between for CID and uniform, but Dalziel soon grows to realise that she has her uses, and begins to use her initiative more and more. Although not as outstanding as her equal-ranking colleagues in the field, Lulu has the ambition to learn and grow within her duties as an officer.
Although Dalziel is blunt and informs her she has absolutely no chance of ever joining CID, Lulu is hopeful that one day, when Dalziel retires, his successor will be a little more lenient and forthcoming.
Victor Raymond is perhaps the most experienced officer in the Wetherton force, having served 35 years of duty. However, some would describe him as a 'jobsworth' — following every rule right down to the last detail, and not being able to be the butt of the latest station joke now and again. He despises Dalziel for his callous and scheming antics, and often pulls him into the office to tell him so.
He is also known to be homophobic, having told Dalziel to 'out' the gay officer in CID - Wieldy - which Dalziel refused to do. He retired at the end of series four after bungling a major tactical operation. Rebecca Fenning is the complete opposite of Victor Raymond — she's not frightened of chasing a suspect, regularly allows Dalziel to break the rules, and even compliments him with a bottle of single malt for a great result on a case.
She's not afraid to tell the big wigs above her where to go - if she's onto a suspect, she's determined to catch them. Her relationship with Dalziel blossoms much more than that of her predecessor, so much that Dalziel is not even a tiny bit scared when he's pulled into her office for a quick telling off. Although only with the team very briefly, her effect on Dalziel is noticeable.
Belinda Kennedy is a rule-player, who is not prepared to take any risks when it comes to major cases. Described by Dalziel as a 'jobsworth', neither she nor he manage to bond throughout her short stint with Wetherton CID, mainly because she tries to get him removed from a very personal case in 'Walls of Silence'.
She is keen to see the back of Dalziel, but is valuing of Pascoe, often asking him to clean up Dalziel's mess in order to save the force from a big media scandal. She only appears twice throughout her short stint in the programme, first in 'Walls of Silence'.
Stella Applegarth is a sly, cunning old fox. On the surface, she seems like your typical play it by the book sort of copper, but truthfully, this is only because she is trying to cover up her own dirty deeds.
When she is linked to long-time criminal Danny Macer in 'For Love Nor Money', Dalziel suspects she is part of a big pay-off which resulted in Macer being acquitted of the murder of snout Ted Barnes.
Pursuing Stella to a showdown with Macer proves to be the biggest eye-opener, as the pair are revealed to be childhood sweethearts. Dalziel subsequently arrests her for murder, making it her final appearance.
Doctors[ edit ] Dr. He and Dalziel don't appear to like each other, mainly because they are so much alike. Vickery is blunt, to the point and not afraid to say what he thinks - a lot like Dalziel. But when it comes to the crunch, he is extremely hard-working, and picks through every little detail to provide Dalziel with the evidence he needs to convict a suspect. He is regularly supported by his team of younger doctors and trainees, who sometimes carry out postmortems for him when he is off duty.
He later retires from his post.