My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This first book in the Dalziel and Pascoe series by Reginald Hill is a good place to start. The story begins as a rugby player, Sam "Connie" Connon, comes to after a knock on the head. He makes his way home, drops into bed, and the next morning discovers his wife dead.
Many of the suspects grew up with Dalziel, and so he must walk the line between professional and personal as he coaxes them to share their secrets. His cocky assistant Pascoe has a condescending attitude toward his boss but usually wind up eating crow when gets the goods in his plodding, oafish manners.
The secondary story involving Connon's daughter Jenny begins in a worrisome situation that works its way to a sweet romance.
There were several ways this mystery could have gone, and the solution came as a surprise. The journey to that endpoint was enjoyable with some subtle humor and old-fashioned police work. I will look up the second in the series.
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