Crime writer Reginald Hill dies

The prolific crime writer Reginald Hill has died of a brain tumour at the age of 75.

He is best known for his crime novels featuring the detective duo of Dalziel and Pascoe (starting with their first appearance in A Clubbable Woman, in 1970). Some of these 20 novels were adapted for television by the BBC.

Reginald Hill began his working career as a teacher, becoming a full time writer in 1980. He published over 48 novels, some under the pseudonyms of Patrick Ruell, Dick Morland and Charles Underhill. His most recent novel was The Woodcutter, published in 2010. The last Dalziel and Pascoe novel was Midnight Fugue, published in 2009. He was awarded The Crime Writers’ Association Gold Dagger Award for his 1990 book ‘Bones and Silence’, and the Crime Writers’ Association Cartier Diamond Dagger Award for Lifetime Achievement in 1995.

You can read The Guardian’s obituary for him on the paper’s website.

The Woodcutter, by Reginald Hill Midnight Fugue, by Reginald Hill A Clubbable Woman, by Reginald Hill