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Reginald Hill

UK (1936 - 2012)

aka Dick Morland, Patrick Ruell, Charles Underhill

Reginald Hill was brought up in Cumbria, and has returned there after many years in Yorkshire. With his first crime novel, A Clubbable Woman, he was hailed as 'the crime novel's best hope'.


Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (1991) : Bones and Silence
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1998) : On Beulah Height
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (1999) : On Beulah Height
Barry Awards Best British Crime Novel winner (2011) : The Woodcutter

Reginald Hill recommends

Black Dog (2000)
(Ben Cooper and Diane Fry, book 1)
Stephen Booth
"Black Dog sinks its teeth into you and doesn't let go... A dark star may be born."

A Detective in Love (2001)
(Harriet Martens, book 2)
H R F Keating
"H. R. F. Keating breathes new life into the classic detective story."

The Business of Dying (2002)
(Dennis Milne, book 1)
Simon Kernick
"Taut, gripping, disturbing - a most assured and original debut."

Ratcatcher (2006)
(Matthew Hawkwood, book 1)
James McGee
"Ratcatcher has everything duels and derring-do, London highlife and lowlife, French lechery and treachery - all contained in a fast-moving, cleverly constructed plot with an immaculately detailed historical background. Add a hero who is ruthless, mysterious and sexy, and it's a safe bet that 'Ratcatcher' marks the start of a series that will run and run ... and run!"

Dead Cold (2006)
(Chief Inspector Gamache, book 2)
Louise Penny
"A delight for all of us who love detective fiction."

Valley Forge (2006)
(Novels of the American Revolution, book 2)
David Garland
"A cracking, battling, saber-rattling good yarn..."
The Blood Detective
The Blood Detective (2008)
(Nigel Barnes, book 1)
Dan Waddell
"Elegant writing, engaging characters, a cracking climax."

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