A Yorkshire mining town is haunted by a mysterious tragedy in this “admirable addition to Hill’s Dalziel/Pascoe series” (The Washington Post Book World).
Reginald Hill “raised the classical British mystery to new heights” when he introduced pugnacious Yorkshire Det. Inspector Andrew Dalziel and his partner, the callow Sgt. Peter Pascoe (The New York Times Book Review). Their chafing differences in education, manners, technique, and temperament made them “the most remarkable duo in the annals of crime fiction” (Toronto Star). Adapted into a long-running hit show for the BBC, the Gold Dagger Award–winning series is now available as ebooks.
Colin Farr has returned to Burrthorpe—and to judgmental whispers. His father had once been implicated in the disappearance of a little girl, and his apparent suicide confirmed the suspicions. Defensive, troubled, and handsome, Colin’s only comfort is with his protective and infatuated tutor, Ellie, wife of Inspector Peter Pascoe. But their increasingly questionable relationship isn’t all that’s testing Pascoe’s patience. So is solving the crime that’s plaguing Colin’s family history. But when another murder rocks the mining town, and all clues point to Colin, Pascoe and Dalziel must descend into the darkest depths of Burrthorpe to unearth its secrets.
Underworld is the 11th book in the Dalziel and Pascoe Mysteries, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
The British author's faultless writing, ironic wit andabove allrecognizably human characters defy limiting his police stories to the mystery category. In the 10th novel featuring mild Detective Pascoe and his chief, Superintendent Detective Dalziel, the reader feels the tensions in their Yorkshire mining town, partly caused by handsome young Colin Farr. After a long absence, Colin comes home, where he hears revived rumors about his late father, Billy. Although respected and even loved, Billy is suspected by some of having killed himself after murdering a little girl whose body has never been found. Dalziel, whose rough and irreverent persona hides a caring heart, worries about trouble brewing in his town and possible threats to Pascoe's marriage. As a volunteer at the local university, Pascoe's wife Ellie tutors Colin and takes more than a teacherly interest in him. Crises proliferate in the wake of Colin's drunken rampages and his disappearance after the murder of a man the young fugitive hates. Acting on instinct, Pascoe races to a mine and down the shaft; Dalziel reaches him just before they are trapped by a cave-in. The dark drama is fittingly played out underground.