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Subject: Reginald Hill series
Date Posted: 8/29/2008 9:28 AM ET
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Hi!

I have a question-do you need to read the Danziel andPascoe books in the order they were published, or can you read them as stand-alone books?

I reason I ask is that I am getting tired of wanting to read a book that interests me on the shelf, but find that in order to understand all the "background" information I need to read about a dozen books beforehand.

I like reading series books (Anne Perry, Fred Vargas, Susan Hill, etc.) but sometimes I just want the mystery and not all the baggage that goes with it.  Does anyone recommend Hill's books?  If not, how about another author?

Date Posted: 8/30/2008 12:59 PM ET
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I'm a longtime Reg Hill fan.  So longtime that I can't remember most of them! 

No, I don't think you need to read them in order, but I think there are some that would be better than others to start with.  There are some continuing storylines (Pascoe and Ellie for example) and some books focus on those more than others. 

Off the top of my head, Pictures of Perfection (I think that's the title) seems close to a stand-alone.  I'll look later and see if I can jog my memory as to others.  I don't think you'd want to start at the end.

Here's some that seem like they'd be fine starting points (in series order)

An Advancement of Learning - #2 (I don't remember this one, but if you happen to find it, it sounds good)

A Pinch of Snuff- #5 (1978(

Exit Lines - (1984)

Pictures of Perfection (1995)

The Wood Beyond (1997) - I thought this book was awesome but I think I'd try to start with an earlier one simply because I think you'd appreciate it more.

On Beulah Height (1999)

I hope this helps - it's certainly not a definitive list but I think I've already said I like Hill a lot :).

 



Last Edited on: 8/31/08 10:33 AM ET - Total times edited: 4
Date Posted: 8/31/2008 10:50 AM ET
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bump (because I added the recommendations - hope they are helpful to someone)



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Date Posted: 9/4/2008 9:21 AM ET
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Thank you very much!

My computer was down for a few days, plus the Labor Day holiday, so I have not been able to check this as much as I have wanted to.

I will check out 'Pictures of Perfection' first.

 

Thanks again!

 

Deb

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 12:15 PM ET
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Hill's books in order:

 

http://www.stopyourekillingme.com/H_Authors/Hill_Reginald.html

Date Posted: 9/20/2008 9:37 PM ET
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Eek. Don't read Pictures first! Because you won't get the beauty of what happens to Wield, expecially after the one before.

Love Reginald Hill, though these last ones are much more serious novels.

he's one I get day of pub hardcover.

Date Posted: 9/21/2008 8:04 PM ET
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Eek. Don't read Pictures first! Because you won't get the beauty of what happens to Wield, expecially after the one before.

That is probably true and it's just the first one I could remember that seemed likely.  I did think about that issue but there will always be something in a series with developments.

What would you suggest instead if it's not too late for the OP?  I read some of them so long ago and was also trying to suggest ones that would be available.

Date Posted: 9/22/2008 9:54 PM ET
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I'm sorry Who Guards A Prince isn't part of a series. I'm reading it now, about 3/4 of the way through, so I don't know how it's going to end. But I like McHarg and wish he'd been featured in other books.

Pam

 

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 11:13 AM ET
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I read some of them years ago and can't remember if I read them in order or not.  But, my dh, who is a total stickler for reading books in order is reading them as I can find them and doesn't seem to be  having a problem!

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:23 PM ET
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The first is A Clubbable Woman.

Date Posted: 9/23/2008 8:26 PM ET
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Looked at Charlie's list: I think up to Child's Play, one can read in any order, but after that the charcter development and plot are so linked from book to book that it become's more difficult.

A Clubbable Woman (1970)

An Advancement of Learning (1971)

Ruling Passion (1973)

An April Shroud (1975)

A Pinch of Snuff (1978)

Pascoe’s Ghost (1979) [SS]

A Killing Kindness (1980)

Deadheads (1983)

Exit Lines (1984)

Child’s Play (1987)