An April Shroud Author:Reginald Hill Fans of Reginald Hill's detective duo, fat, irascible Superintendant Andrew Dalziel and his cerebral cohort, Inspector Peter Pascoe, will welcome An April Shroud, published here for the first time in the United States. And, for the first time, they will find Dalziel left largely to his own devices far from his own familiar turf. — After seeing Pa... more »scoe happily married and off on his honeymoon, Dalziel sets out halfheartedly on a rare vacation. April showers, however, turn into April floods, and before long he and his car are stranded in the middle of the countryside. Fortunately (or so it seems), he is rescued by a floating cortege comprised of several curiously light-hearted mourners and given shelter.
Dalziel is promptly struck by a number of oddities at Lake House: a "medieval" restaurant under suspended construction, a deep-frozen rat in the freezer, and especially the voluptuous mistress of the house, a woman whose two husbands have died under suspicious circumstances. Two more strange deaths follow, and Dalziel's skills of detection are put to the test. But it isn't until Pascoe has returned in time for the opening dining hall banquet that Dalziel even beings to hope to resolve the sinister complications that occur.
Filled with humor, suspense, and even middle-aged love, An April Shroud is, as one British critic wrote, "A whodunnit in the best Reginald Hill tradition."« less