Deadheads: 2500 Headwords

Deadheads: 2500 Headwords

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An English rose garden on a summer's day. A small boy watches with interest as his great-aunt cuts the deadheads off the rosebushes with a sharp knife. What could be more peaceful, more harmless? Young Patrick grows up to be a calm, pleasant man, with a good job, a wife and two children, and the best rose garden for miles around. When somebody tells the police that Patrick Aldermann is killing people, Chief Superintendent Dalziel thinks it's probably all nonsense. But Inspector Pascoe is not so sure ...show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 128 pages
  • 128 x 196 x 10mm | 140.61g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • black and white illustrations
  • 0194230821
  • 9780194230827
  • 1,655,921

Review Text

Yorkshire cops Dalziel and Pascoe (A Killing Kindness, Ruling Passion) make a welcome return here - but, with the killer out-front throughout, this is more a black-comic entertainment than a murder-mystery. A prologue shows us little Patrick Aldermann secretly triggering his Auntie Florence's fatal heart attack; then it's 20 years later, and Patrick is a rising accountant at the Perfects Co. (bathroom fixtures). Has Patrick, in fact, murdered several people to get near to the top? So believes his boss Dick Elgood, who confides in Inspector Pascoe. Indeed, the more that Pascoe looks into Patrick's past, the more suspicious deaths he finds: virtually anyone who stood in Patrick's way (about anything) soon had a fatal accident. And it now seems likely that Elgood (who's dallying with Patrick's wife Daphne) is the next target - but the cops can't yet make an arrest: too little hard evidence. . . not to mention some complicating personal relationships. (Daphne is chums with Pascoe's wife Ellie; fat old Dalziel is sleeping with Patrick's mum Penelope!) With a nice, low-key fadeout and a botanical motif throughout: sly, tart British crime-entertainment - uncompelling, a bit overextended, but drily engaging. (Kirkus Reviews)show more

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