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Publication Order of Dalziel & Pascoe Books

A Clubbable Woman (1970)Description / Buy at Amazon
An Advancement of Learning (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ruling Passion (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
An April Shroud (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Pinch of Snuff (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Killing Kindness (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deadheads (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit Lines (1984)Description / Buy at Amazon
Child's Play (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Under World (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bones and Silence (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
One Small Step (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
Recalled to Life (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Pictures of Perfection (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Wood Beyond (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
On Beulah Height (1998)Description / Buy at Amazon
Arms and the Women (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dialogues of the Dead (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death's Jest-Book (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Good Morning, Midnight (2004)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Comes for the Fat Man / The Death of Dalziel (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last National Service Man (2007)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Cure for All Diseases / The Price of Butcher's Meat (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Midnight Fugue (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last National Service Man is a prequel novella.

Publication Order of Dalziel & Pascoe Collections

Pascoe's Ghost (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
Asking for the Moon (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dalziel and Pascoe Hunt the Christmas Killer (2022)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Joe Sixsmith Books

Blood Sympathy (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Born Guilty (1995)Description / Buy at Amazon
Killing the Lawyers (1997)Description / Buy at Amazon
Singing the Sadness (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Roar of the Butterflies (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Captain Fantom Books

as Charles Underhill
Captain Fantom (1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forging of Fantom (1979)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Forging of Fantom is a prequel.

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Castle of the Demon / The Turning of the Tide (As: Patrick Ruell) (1971)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Fairly Dangerous Thing (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Red Christmas (As: Patrick Ruell) (1972)Description / Buy at Amazon
Matlock's System / Heart Clock (As: Dick Morland) (1973)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Very Good Hater (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Albion! Albion! / Singleton's Law (As: Dick Morland) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Low Road / Death Takes the Low Road (As: Patrick Ruell) (1974)Description / Buy at Amazon
Urn Burial / Beyond the Bone (As: Patrick Ruell) (1975)Description / Buy at Amazon
Another Death in Venice (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy's Wife (1980)Description / Buy at Amazon
Who Guards a Prince? / Guardians of the Prince (1982)Description / Buy at Amazon
Traitor's Blood (1983)Description / Buy at Amazon
No Man's Land (1985)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell of Dark (1986)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Dormouse (As: Patrick Ruell) (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Collaborators (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Kill (As: Patrick Ruell) (1988)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dream of Darkness (As: Patrick Ruell) (1989)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Only Game (As: Patrick Ruell) (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Stranger House (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Woodcutter (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Stories/Novellas

Proxime Accessit (1990)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Candle for Christmas (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Short Story Collections

There Are No Ghosts in the Soviet Union (1987)Description / Buy at Amazon
Brother's Keeper (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

Crime Writers(1978)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who...(1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
2nd Culprit(1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thou Shalt Not Kill(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Detection Collection(2005)Description / Buy at Amazon

Reginald Hill hails from England; he was born in Hartlepool in 1936 to what he often described as ordinary parents. Growing up in Cumbria, Hill began reading at an early age, citing his mother as the source of his great love for books.

A fan of crime writers of the so called golden age, it was as the young boy was fetching her mother’s library books that he encountered and quickly became enamored with the crime genre.

His years in Carlisle Grammar school instilled within Hill a rudimentary mastery over English, the one subject he excelled at impressively. He would later graduate with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Oxford, branching out into teaching both at secondary and college levels.

His teaching career lasted several years, leading him towards the position of Doncaster College’s Senior lecturer, before he made the decision to retire with the aim of devoting his life to writing full time.

Literary Career

Reginald Hill took up full time writing in 1980, upon making the decision to give up salaried work. Throughout his illustrious career the famous author penned many a novel under pseudonyms, these including Charles Underhill for his tales of historical adventure, Dick Morland for his Science fictions stories and Patrick Ruel for the author’s works of mystery and adventure.

Central to the success of his books has been Reginald Hill’s rich collection of intriguing characters many of whom are responsible for driving the success of a vast majority of the author’s works.

Chief amongst his collection are Edgar Wield and Andrew Dalziel, Yorkshire detectives that littered an odd 20 or more novels; with the black machine operator Joe Sixmith partaking in stories throughout another 30 or so novels.

Reginald Hill’s approach to writing always employed numerous structural devices to bring his stories to life, be it presenting plot elements in a non-chronological order or approaching stories from the perspectives of characters close to his primary protagonists, sometimes creating confusion, many times accentuating the mystery of each literary work.

Reginald Hill was well known for structuring his novels around art pieces or the works of other legendary writers, showing devotion for classic crime novelists that was fostered from an early age, growing with Reginald Hill’s own maturation.

Reginald Hill Perished in January 2012 after a few years suffering from a brain tumor.


Reginald Hill’s successful career as a writer has attracted much deserved praise towards the author’s many works, some notable awards including the Golden Dagger Award (for works featuring the detectives Dalziel and Pascoe), the Cartier Diamond Dagger award (the nation’s most prestigious award, gifted for lifetime achievements),The Barry Award and The Macavity Award to mention but a few.

Producing numerous short stories during his long career, Reginald Hill’s novels about detectives Dalziel and Pasco were adapted into a TV series (Dalziel and Pascoe) by the BBC.

Since his first works (A clubbable Woman) in 1970, throughout the decades and the many novels and short stories and tales that followed, all the way to his final work (The WoodCutter) in 2010, Reginald Hill has cemented his place as a true hero among crime novelists.

A Clubbable Woman

A clubbable woman was published in 1970, one of Reginald Hill’s earliest works; within its pages we are introduced to the electrifying Detective Andrew Dalziel and the polar opposite of his being, Sergeant Peter Pascoe. Also present is Connon, a typical male, driven by his passion for rugby, who returns home after a particularly difficult day to find trouble.

When a nasty knock during the match leaves him much too tired to deal with the complexities of his home life, this including his uncommunicative wife, he loses himself to sleep, awakening not long after to find her dead.

The result is a clash of wits; Detective Superintendent Dalziel is driven by an objective determination to sniff the killer out using his mental skills and intricate knowledge of the team and its members.

Pascoe is less objective and finds that his loyalties to a different code drive him into a corner far different from Dalziel.

The earliest of Hill’s published books, this introduction to Dalziel and Pascoe reads like few other Hill novels; most fans have been known to note the difference in the narrative voice and a variation in the approach to Pascoe, especially his lengthy internal monologues.

The novel’s primary failing has often been said to lay with its deep connection with the sport of rugby; intimately intertwined with the rugby club at the heart of the crime, even the passable twists and turns get lost in the numerous discussions about the sport and its various metaphors, this proving a bit of an irritation to those that do not have the slightest inkling about the sport.

Ruling Passion

Published in 1973, Ruling Passion is one of the earliest works in the Dalziel and Pascoe story. The novel delves deeper into Pascoe’s psyche than the first two books.

Within its pages, Reginald Hill once more introduces Detective Sergeant Pascoe; on a fine morning, Pascoe’s decision to drive down to the village of Thornton Lacey from Yorkshire will leave the detective scarred for life.

Taking the drive to meet old friends, the triple murder that greets the Detective Sergeant portends a dark secret; with the crime outside his jurisdiction, Pascoe finds himself stranded, summoned back to Yorkshire by his boss, yet unwilling to believe the involvement of one of his oldest friends in the grisly murder and twice as determined to uncover the true motives hidden behind the crime,

It has been said by many fans that the Dalziel and Pascoe story doesn’t truly begin until Ruling passion, the third outing in the series; while certainly falling far below the quality of later novels, this particular story has always enjoyed a fair amount of praise from many Reginald Hill fans. Not only does the novel successfully display the passage of time between books but it also makes a solid attempt at building upon the relationships introduced in the first two books even while balancing a great many elements of the new story.

Complaints have been raised, however, about the awkward connections and coincidences that the story relies upon to progress the plot, many of which come off as very forced.

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