An April shroud by Reginald Hill

By Reginald Hill

Superintendent Dalziel falls for the lately bereaved Mrs Fielding's plentiful charms, and needs to be rescued from a clutter of unpolluted corpses by means of Inspector Pascoe. After seeing Inspector Pascoe off on his honeymoon with a couple of ill-chosen phrases, Superintendent Andy Dalziel quickly runs into hassle and water on his personal solitary vacation. Rescued by means of a number of just a little pleased mourners, he accompanies them again to their rundown mansion to dry off. the landlord of Lake apartment, Bonnie Fielding, turns out much less bothered by way of her husband's tragic dying than by way of the matter of saving the family members fortunes. brought on not just via a certified interest but in addition via a extra own curiosity in Mrs Fielding's plentiful charms, Dalziel remains on. by the point Pascoe reappears, there were numerous extra deaths and it seems like the often hard-headed Dalziel may have compromised himself past redemption!

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An April shroud

Superintendent Dalziel falls for the lately bereaved Mrs Fielding's abundant charms, and needs to be rescued from a muddle of unpolluted corpses via Inspector Pascoe. After seeing Inspector Pascoe off on his honeymoon with a couple of ill-chosen phrases, Superintendent Andy Dalziel quickly runs into hassle and water on his personal solitary vacation.

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The remnants of a cold joint perhaps. He unwrapped it. ' said Dalziel. Inside the foil, sealed in a transparent plastic bag, was a dead rat. These sods might be hard up but there were limits, he told himself. Gingerly he re-interred the corpse in its icy tomb and closed the lid. His appetite had left him for the moment so he lit a cigarette and sat down once more to muse upon this odd household. Just how odd was it? he asked himself. Well, the atmosphere for a start. It didn't feel very funereal.

There's a great deal of water all along that road now and they aren't sure their breakdown truck can get along. ' 'So I'm stuck,' said Dalziel. 'Well, that's life. Well, if I can use your phone, I'll try to find myself a hotel and a taxi. ' 'He's worried about another trip with Charley,' said Bertie Fielding. 'Be comforted, it's just on the south side that the water lies, Mr Dalziel. The road to the north is a bit damp, but passable. ' Dalziel groaned inwardly, visualizing the under-manager's mixture of dismay and triumph at his return.

Ellie,' he repeated. 'It's a hard job being a policeman's wife. Not every woman can do it. But if she can, and I'm sure Ellie can, then it's a grand and rewarding task. There's nothing better for a policeman than to be well looked after at home. Nothing. I can tell you . . I've been looked after in my time . . once . ’ 'In every Toby Belch there's an Andrew Aguecheek trying to get out,' murmured Ellie. ' 'So I give you,' cried Dalziel, explosively recovering from his introspective lapse, 'the happy pair!

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