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This gathering of unusual adventures includes the long-anticipated story of the case that brought Dalziel and Pascoe together for the first time. "The Last National Service Man" is the story of the duo's first reluctant encounter. A necessity for any devoted Dalziel and Pascoe fan, this witty, ingenuous volume also includes "Pascoe's Ghost", "Dalziel's Ghost", and "One SmaThis gathering of unusual adventures includes the long-anticipated story of the case that brought Dalziel and Pascoe together for the first time. "The Last National Service Man" is the story of the duo's first reluctant encounter. A necessity for any devoted Dalziel and Pascoe fan, this witty, ingenuous volume also includes "Pascoe's Ghost", "Dalziel's Ghost", and "One Small Step"....

Title : Asking For The Moon
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ISBN : 9780006479345
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 169 Pages
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Asking For The Moon Reviews

  • Marijan
    2019-01-02 23:46

    Zapravo u ovom se izdanju nalaze samo dvije priče, novela po kojoj knjiga nosi naslov, i priča o prvom susretu dvojice policajaca. Zanimljivo i zabavno.

  • Felicity
    2019-01-12 21:59

    I was sceptical about reading short stories about Dalziel and Pascoe but was pleasantly surprised by how good they are. My favourite is the first one about Pascoe's and Dalziel's first meeting which has some classic banter between them. To me it felt like an accurate portrayal of both characters a few years ago and I loved Daziel's tactics!The second story was also very good with some interesting characters that Pascoe has to interrogate at a dinner party.I felt the third story was a bit pointless but then there are some mysteries that policeman have to solve which end up having a pretty lame solution!The last story One Small Step was an interesting portrayal of 2010 and a much older Dalziel and Pascoe. It was a bit like something out of a sci-fi film but I thought it mainly worked quite well although Pascoe's behaviour was not what I expected!All in all a good collection of stories which will be particularly appealing for Dalziel and Pascoe fans.

  • Clarice Stasz
    2019-01-11 00:46

    This is a five star only for fanatics of Pascoe and Dalziel. Hence my fewer-star review.Those unfamiliar with the full-length mysteries may be confused by some references and the characters. The 2nd and 3rd story were written in the 1970s, early in Hill's long career, while the 1st and 4th are from 1990s. If you are unfamiliar with the series, I recommend the novella "Pascoe's Ghost," which reveals more of the background and biases of the lead detectives. Then go to the first story, "The Last National Service Man," and you may catch on more to the blather and insults."Dalziel's Ghost" is brief and undeveloped, worth a skip. On the other hand, "One Small Step" features typical Hillian humor abounding and adancing with Pascoe and Dalziel solving a case in space.

  • Peter Hall
    2019-01-17 22:00

    An odd collection of long stories/novellas covering the back story of Pascoe and Dalziel's first case, a couple of late 70s tales and a futuristic moon case. The last has an introduction which explains the lack of real time agony of the pair. Enjoyable without being scintillating.

  • Jon
    2019-01-06 21:41

    For real lovers of Dalziel and Pascoe, this is a collection of four stories, two written in the 70's and two in the 90's. All of them are artfully written mysteries, the first being especially significant because it presents the first meeting of the pair of detectives. In another they spend a night in a haunted house, which for those who love Dalziel is a real treat. But overall, nowhere nearly as satisfying as the novels. The tone is set on the dedication page: "To you, Dear Readers, without whom the writing would be in vain, and to you Still Dearer Purchasers without whom the eating would be infrequent this book is dedicated in appreciation of your loyalty, in anticipation of your longevity, in admiration of your taste."

  • NatashaBriggs
    2018-12-27 02:45

    This is the first Dalziel and Pascoe book that I have read. I probably should have started at the beginning of the series, as I was very confused in the beginning. Once I got the story about the two characters things started to fall into place. The whole time I was reading I felt like I was stuck in a live game of Clue. In the end the adventures that Dalziel and Pascoe go on are fun mysteries that need to be solved. It always ends with an unexpected twist that makes it a fun read. I would recommend that you start at the beginning of the series and work your way thru, you might get more enjoyment from it book that way.

  • Alison C
    2019-01-09 02:56

    "Asking for the Moon" is a collection of four short stories/novellas from Reginald Hill, featuring Pascoe and Dalziel. These include “The Last National Service Man,” wherein the two meet each other for the first time; “Pascoe’s Ghost,” “Dalziel’s Ghost,” and “One Small Step,” set in the distant “future” of 2010 and featuring a murder on the Moon! Not really necessary with respect to the series as a whole, but tons of fun nevertheless.

  • Owlsinger
    2018-12-25 04:39

    Since I don't read the summaries inside the covers, I wasn't expecting short stories. Four of them, good character exposition, a bit more than we've seen in the main series; it was a hoot to read about how D & P first met, first impressions, and so on. And an imaginative leap into the future - for them, but 7 years ago for us. Now, on to find out how Pascoe deals with his new family tree!

  • Robert LoCicero
    2019-01-07 23:56

    This was a fun book to read. Very intriguing mystery stories involving the familiar and very loved British investigative team of Dalziel and Pascoe. This collection of short stories runs from the original meeting between these two detectives through several stories involving "ghosts" to a final story that solves a mystery set in lunar orbit. I enjoyed this collection very much and recommend it to others.

  • Eric_W
    2019-01-09 02:38

    Fans of Dalziel and Pascoe who might wonder how this unlikely pair ever got together will have their curiosity satisfied by reading “The Last National Service Man” in this collection of four stories. Dalziel is the fat detective who can “consume malt whiskey at a rate which had caused the waiter to summon his work-mates to view the spectacle,” and Pascoe his more intellectual and skeptical colleague. They make an odd couple that consistently amuse while solving crimes.Dalziel reminds one of the wonderful Inspector Dover of Joyce Porter. They are both uncouth, fat, and lazy except that Dalziel is truly bright and manipulative. He actually solves crimes, unlike Dover, who stumbles on to the correct solution. Pascoe, his love/hate relationship Oxford­educated subordinate, who uses words like hydriotaphic and philopolemic. My favorite story, if one can have favorites, is Ghost." There are three main causes of ghosts, relates Dalziel, our expert, at a dinner party: “One: bad cooking. Two: bad ventilation. Three: bad conscience." Since the air conditioning was just recently installed and the housewife is known for her good cooking, only one option was left and Dalziel, to Pascoe’s consternation, agrees to check out the ghost. Dalziel, as usual, has something else up his sleeve, which he has to hide from Pascoe, whom he sends on a wild cat chase. Another story, uncharacteristically, takes place in the year 2010. An astronaut, stepping off his lunar module, falls to the surface uttering the unfinished phrase, Oh mer… There is rampant speculation in the press as to what he meant to say, the religious insisting it had to be Oh mère de Dieu. A surprising exclamation for a lifetime member of the Société Athéiste et Humaniste de France. The French newspapers realized, of course, that he was merely exclaiming what any civilized frog would under the circumstances: Oh merde. The murder was accomplished in a shocking fashion. “His TEC (Total Environment Costume) had been tampered with. “The mìcro­circuitry of the residual products unit of his TEC had been deliberately cross-linked with both the main and the reserve power systems in such a manner that it needed only the addition of a conductive element, in this case Iiquescent, to complete the circuit with unfortunate, that is, fatal, consequences." Heh, heh.

  • Larraine
    2019-01-12 01:57

    It was a sad day when Reginald Hill passed away. He was one of the best in a crowded field of fine British writers. I was looking at a copy of one of his books in my enormous TBR pile. The publisher's comment was that Hill was one of several British writers who pleased American readers because of their literary quality and wit. Hill was one of those writers. He didn't hesitate to quote poetry or make obscure literary or historical references in his books. Yet there was nothing particularly effete or condescending when he did so. This book consists of four stories. Two are short stories. Two could be considered novellas. The opening story is the first Pascoe/Daziel encounter. Andy Daziel is NOT impressed with Peter Pascoe, a college graduate who has moved to Yorkshire to escape a bad boss and his grasping daughter. Pascoe is everything Daziel despises. The next two stories are ghost stories of a sort. Both are interesting and amusing. The last story is the "last investigation" of Daziel and Pascoe. Daziel is retired and recovering from gout. Peter Pascoe has gone on to be head a united Europe's police force. The two of them investigate a murder on the moon. It's interesting to read Hill's vision of what the world would be like in 2012. It's very different and yet very familiar. This is a fun book with four different stories that contained the usual wonderful twists and turns that are the hallmark of Reginald Hill.

  • Kirsten
    2019-01-20 05:02

    I'd forgotten just how delightful Dalziel & Pascoe are. This is a wonderful collection of 4 D&P tales. They are all wonderful but the standouts are the first (the actual first D&P story!) and the last (1st murder on the moon!). The last was the most enjoyable as it was a future speculation of the first decade of the 21st century. Completely off target as it appears. Oh, well. It's hard to prognosticate. Mr. Hill wrote this in the 90's. How could he predict 9/11, the Euro collapse, and the death of American hegemony in space? He did get some things right, though. The Brits are still Eurosceptics. The Americans still like their fingers in all the pies. People will still want to have sex in space.Loved it!

  • Nikki
    2019-01-23 21:59

    It's always fun to read short stories featuring favorite novel characters. The short story format can often fill in some blanks in character development and backstory that just haven't fitted in to a novel. The four stories in this book, including the tale of Dalziel and Pascoe's first meeting, are all very good. Probably those who haven't been introduced to the pair should start with the first book in the series, though. Recommended.

  • Roshan
    2019-01-07 02:40

    The stories seem highly contrived. While the novels have a good flow in the way events and people are described, the only purpose of short stories appear to be to show up Mr Dalziel against Pascoe !! In the novels, Mr Pascoe is depicted as a sensible guy who thinks things through.. but in the short stories he is shown as someone who can barely think.

  • Susan
    2019-01-15 21:59

    These four short Dalziel/Pascoe mystery stories cover the beginning of their working relationship, two mysteries with "ghosts", and a murder on the moon reunion. Not to be missed by Dalziel/Pascoe fans, but one of the book length mysteries would be a better introduction to this series/these characters.

  • John
    2019-01-01 05:41

    A mixed bag for the Dalziel & Pascoe fans. "The Last National Service Man" is the story of the duo's first reluctant encounter and is great fun and a necessity for any devoted Dalziel and Pascoe fan, " "Pascoe's Ghost", the longest story in the set is OK, but I found "Dalziel's Ghost", and "One Small Step" disappointing.

  • Kirsty Darbyshire
    2019-01-09 00:02

    (Holiday reading so my comments are a bit minimal)Four stories from various points in Dalziel and Pascoe's careers. Worth reading just for Hill's introduction to _One Small Step_ which includes Pascoe complaining that he's supposed to be a whizzkid graduate but that Hill has taken twenty years to write him up from sergeant to chief inspector.

  • Jim
    2019-01-21 05:37

    This was a set of 4 novellas, the longest about 100p. I like the author's style. He is witty and urbane with interesting observations about people and the way they act. His mysteries are generally interesting, but I did not like the way any of these stories ended.

  • Mary
    2019-01-05 22:50

    Four clever Dalziel and Pascoe novellas, giving us the back story on how they first came together. The Last National Service Man, Pascoe's Ghost, Dalziel's Ghost and One Small Step. This one tells us very clearly that Dalziel is pronounced Dee-ell.

  • That70sheidi
    2019-01-15 01:42

    This is actually four stories in one book. The first two are spot on and really entertaining. The last two were bizarre, quite frankly. Pascoe and Dalziel In Space? Weird. Not BAD, the elements of the mystery were quite good, it was the supporting structure that was a little jarring.

  • Don
    2019-01-14 00:59

    Dalziel and Pascoe in a far fetched scifi/mystery read. It seems Reginald Hill had an off day or week or month when he wrote this book. But he is forgiven. Every other collaboration among Hill, Dalziel and Pascoe have been most rewarding for me as a reader.

  • charlie
    2019-01-01 03:03

    4 whimiscal novellas that span the odd relationship of Dalziel and Pascoe - from the first day they meet, to the last case they ever work together (in the future, in space, on the moon... no less!).The focus is on the dynamics between the two - which is light but charming reading. Adios.

  • janis
    2019-01-06 05:53

    Very fun.

  • Julie
    2018-12-26 23:58

    This collection of short stories was fun but not quite the caliber of the rest of the series.

  • Louise
    2019-01-01 23:58

    Sorry to say I couldn't make it through this. My patience for long mysteries is getting less and less unless I really love the writing.

  • Linda Underwood
    2019-01-03 22:59

    First in the Pascoe and Daizel series of Inglish Yorkshire detectives. How they met and how they bonded. A bit difficult to read with the Enlish slang.

  • Joe
    2018-12-28 02:40

    Three novellas that provide back story on the relationship beween Dalziel and Pascoe. For true fans.

  • Allister
    2019-01-05 22:00

    four short stories, which were ok, but not up to the standard of the novels

  • Kate
    2019-01-14 02:45

    Interesting short stories by Dalziel/Pascoe.

  • Mags Delaney
    2019-01-11 05:35

    I really enjoy the Dalziel and Pascoe stories it is so sad there will be no more.