Celebrating Reginald Hill

As part of the Crime Writers’ Association’s Crime Writing Month the internet is playing host to a celebration of the life and work of Reginald Hill who died earlier this year. For the month of June a new post will appear each day at Celebrating Reginald Hill and will reflect on some aspect of Hill’s writing or broader life. The blog, created especially for this purpose, is also offering giveaways and an opportunity for Hill’s fans to share their stories about discovering the man or his writing. The blog is hosted by CWA debut dagger judge Rhian Davies and mystery novelist Margot Kinberg and it’s already proving to be a treat, having published personal accounts of meeting and getting to know Reg Hill, several reviews and a reflection on his short story writing.

I was quite chuffed to be asked to participate in these festivities and used it as an opportunity to re-read A CLUBBABLE WOMAN, the first book in Hill’s long-running Dalziel and Pascoe series, and compare it to the adaptation made for television. My contribution to the month-long festivities has now been posted.

Do head over and check out all the contributions as crime writers and readers from all over the world join in celebrating one of the genre’s most talented writers.

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7 Responses to Celebrating Reginald Hill

  1. Kathy D. says:

    Your piece about Reginald Hill and A Clubbable is very good. I have not read any of Hill’s Dalziel/Pascoe books, although I enjoyed several episodes on dvd from the TV series. The commemoration of his life and books reminds me to read some of those recommended and also watch more TV episodes.
    A long-time mystery reading friend has always recommended this series to me.


    • Thanks Kathy.

      The nice thing about not ever having read his books before is that even though you are a die hard crime fiction reader with many authors’ books ‘under your belt’ you know there’s still at least one really first rate writer that you have to look forward to 🙂


  2. Bernadette – Thank you so much for the mention and the kind words about the blog. More than that, thanks for your own top-notch contribution. You’ve made the blog that much better 🙂


  3. Maxine says:

    Will be reading it soon, no doubt, when it crops up in the RSS reader. Well done to you for contributing what is I am sure a high-quality post.


  4. Kathy D. says:

    Well, Bernadette, if the truth be told, I am still discovering new authors to me. For instance, I am now reading the excellent I’ll See You in my Dreams by top-notch Canadian legal mystery writer, William Deverell. The first time I read about him, I believe, was in a review you wrote about his book April Fool. The newest book is quite a book, very good legal drama, interesting story and characters — and lots of humor. I do find myself laughing out loud and smiling. For a legal mystery to be well-written, chock full of substantive arguments and courtroom dialogue — and funny at the same time is just music to my ears.
    But due to your blog and a number of other terrific ones, I’m always finding about new authors, and global, at that.


  5. Sarah says:

    It is a lovely review Bernadette and funnily enough although it was yearsa go I remember the tV programme very well.


  6. Kathy D. says:

    Just saw your comment about moving, renovations, etc. But the real priority is reading. Absolutely. I wish I could convince those close to me that I must read first and foremost, for this month anyway, tasks, errands, responsibilities aside.


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