The sad news somehow escaped me that one of my favourite authors, namely Reginald Hill, passed away last week after suffering from a brain tumour at the age of 75.
Born in West Hartlepool, County Durham in 1936, Hill will be best remembered for being the writer of over 20 Dalziel and Pascoe novels, which were later to become household names with the popular BBC TV adaptation of that name, starring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan. He also wrote 30 other novels including a series of 5 about a fictional Luton based private eye by the name of Joe Sixsmith.
He also wrote under the pseudonyms of Patrick Ruell, Dick Morland, and Charles Underhill and was also a winner of the Crime Writer's Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement in 1995.
Even though many of his works were serious crime novels, there was always that element of subtle humour and jokes contained within. He also had an uncanny knack to weave a plot, but not base it totally around a singular main character, both elements of which endeared me to his writing.
It is believed that a final Dalziel and Pascoe novel will be released posthumously in 2013. He and his writing will be sadly missed.