First Chapter First Paragraph: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill

Every Tuesday First Chapter, First Paragraph/Intros is hosted by Vicky of I’d Rather Be at the Beach sharing the first paragraph or two of a book she’s reading or plans to read soon.

This week I’m featuring An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill, one of the books I’m currently reading.

An Advancement of Learning (Dalziel & Pascoe, Book 2)

There had been a great deal of snow that December followed by hard frost. A few days before Christmas a thaw set in, temperatures rose steeply, the snow became slush. The sun greedily sucked up the moisture until it saturated the air and impinged on all the senses.

Blurb (Amazon)

All is not well at Holm Coultram College: lecturers having affairs with students, witches’ sabbaths, a body buried under a statue.

Detective Superintendent Dalziel, despite his cynical view of academics, doesn’t feel murder fits in here – let alone a rash of killings. But when he and DS Pascoe are sent to investigate a disinterred corpse at Holm Coultram College, that’s exactly what they find…


 This is the second Dalziel and Pascoe book. I’ve read some of the later books in the series and am now going back to the early ones that I haven’t yet read.  I first came across Dalziel and Pascoe via the TV adaptations and I think I remember watching the TV version of this one several years ago. Maybe it’s because I saw the TV versions before I read the books that I enjoy both so much – Warren Clark as Dalziel was so right in the role.

What do you think? Would you keep reading?

12 thoughts on “First Chapter First Paragraph: An Advancement of Learning by Reginald Hill

  1. I love the Dalziel and Pascoe books too, however, I think he got better as he went along, fore dipping again towards the end of the series. The earlier books are very readable, but not a patch on the later ones where he is providing a pastiche on other writers’ work. My favourite is still the Austenesque ‘Pictures of Perfection’.


    1. I think so too – his later books got so much more complicated and longer. I enjoyed ‘Pictures of Perfection’ too – also ‘On Beulah Height’ and ‘Bones and Silence’.


  2. This one’s an interesting book, Margaret. Admittedly, it’s not D/P at their best. But it’s got an interesting plot, and some fascinating characters in it. There’s one in particular….but I’ll let you discover for yourself. Hope you enjoy!


  3. Another series that I’ve read exactly one book – ON BEULAH HEIGHT. I’ve heard that the series gets better as it goes along. Hoping to get to it at some point. Or maybe I’ll just reread ON BEULAH HEIGHT. Ha!


  4. I really enjoyed the TV series so I intend to read all of these ones eventually. I’m glad to read that Warren Clark was just like Dalziel in the books.


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