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They moved everyone that long hot summer fifteen years ago. They needed a new reservoir and an old community seemed a cheap price to pay. They even dug up the dead and moved them too.

But four inhabitants of the valley they couldn't move, for nobody knew where they were. Three little girls had gone missing, and the prime suspect in their disappearance, Benny Lightfoot. This was Andy Dalziel's worst case and now fifteen years on he looks set to relive it.

It's another long hot summer. A child goes missing in the next valley, and old fears arise as someone sprays the deadly message on the wall of Danby: BENNY'S BACK!

Music and myth mingle as the Mid-Yorkshire team delve into their pasts and into their own reserves of experience and endurance in search of answers which threaten to bring more pain than they resolve.

©1998 Reginald Hill (P)2015 Audible, Ltd.

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"Hill is an instinctive and complete novelist who is blessed with a spontaneous storytelling gift" (Frances Fyfield, Mail on Sunday)

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A great novel, spoiled by the sjw dogma

A great novel, spoiled by the authors far-left sexism and misandry just below the surface. Hill believes it is his role to diminish white men and speak out for women and gays. Hill believes that women and minorities are nothing without him. An inconvenient fact : Statistically, women are responsible for MOST killings of children and assaults on children.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-12-2018

Splendid, griping, poignant

One needs to be as talented as Hill to praise it high enough. A marvel

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  • JOHN
  • 17-08-2018

Great story - brilliant reader

This was a terrific novel and Jonathan Keeble was absolutely brilliant. Keeble brought each character to life. It was like a one man show where he played all the parts and it was fantastic. Truly one of the great narrators. We will listen to anything he reads.

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  • Sharon
  • 09-02-2017

Very good book

Truly enjoyable, if a bit disturbing. Another score for Reginald Hill, one of the best out there.

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  • David Silb
  • 30-09-2017

Intriguing story beautifully told

Wonderful reader one of Hills best his use of fantasy and dream along with language make great literature as well as a great mystery

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  • Carmen
  • 07-07-2015

A mystery written like literature.

It is so difficult these days to find a good mystery with great characters that is also well written and a pleasure to the English language ear. Beulah Height kept me caught up in its characters and story for many days.

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  • Deedles
  • 04-09-2015

Splendid.

Classic Andy and Pascoe with the always clever Wield and the up and coming Novello make this a winner.

Excellent narration by one of the great voice actors. Really enjoyed it.

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  • AF
  • 28-05-2020

Beautifully written and plotted

The richness of the character and Hill’s excellent storytelling skills made me wish that the book would never end. I actually started trying to read the book but reading the Yorkshire dialect on the page was a little challenging at times. Keeble performs this well.

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  • Patricia
  • 25-03-2015

Most enjoyable book to listen to.

Reginald Hill was a great writer but Jonathon Keeble made this book even better with his narration. He can do a 'reet Yorkshire' accent brilliantly. Despite the difficult subject matter I smiled a lot throughout this book at Daziel's quips and observations and Keeble's delivery of them. Very good book, good story line, brilliant narrator.

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  • Tanya
  • 18-11-2015

What a brilliant read

Where does On Beulah Height rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

Its in the top ten for sure, I was captured from the first chapter

What does Jonathan Keeble bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Jonathan Keeble is one of the top three narrators in the audible selections. He can portray all the characters as I believe the author would want

Any additional comments?

This was my first D&P book and will not be my last. I was originally put off because of the TV show, but the writing style plu the narration by Jonathan Keeble were superb.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-05-2015

How high can Hill go?

Great to have some new Dalziel and Pascoe books read by a proper narrator. Whoever has influence should get Jonathan Keeble to redo all the books butchered by Brian Glover

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  • HEATH, E.N
  • 21-11-2016

Good read, perfectly narrated

Usual laugh a minute retorts from Fat Andy and company overlayed on credible yet unpredictable plot.

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  • Harry B
  • 28-04-2016

Fantastic story read by a fantastic voice actor

A fantastic story made all the better by the many voices of Jonathan Keeble thank you

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  • sunshine
  • 24-03-2016

Excellent again.

I do wonder how Reginald Hill continually produces such good stories of such amazing length.
Well done Reggie, on to the next one for me.

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  • Denise L
  • 05-09-2017

Kept me guessing until the end

i eeally enjoyed. good plot and kept my interest but found some of narrators accents irritating. will be buying others in series now!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-2020

Fantastic read

I would highly recommend this book. The story was plausible, engaging and kept me guessing until the very end. The narration was first-class too. A great listen all-round.

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  • Julian E. Boyce
  • 14-09-2020

Just Reginald isn’t it?

I first bumped into Reginald Hill some years ago, through Audible when I found ‘The Woodcutter’, which really is more of a revenge novel. I loved it but oddly, I didn’t think of chasing him up. I saw and heard about Dalziel and Pascoe of course, but discounted them because they had been turned into TV drama. Anything to my mind that gets turned into TV has by definition to be total crap. My wife, who is disabled and was recently really ill wanted something to listen to, something she never does. She wanted to try D & P, so I obliged. It really was only a matter of time before I too tried them. I have become a prisoner to Reginald. I can’t stop reading or listening to him. I seem to have got them all in the wrong order but, hey, who cares. It seems not to matter. This man was a master at this kind of thing, simply head and shoulders above the rest of the pack. This particular book, On Beulah Height is, I feel a classic of the genre. My dog has never been quite so walked. Even my wife asked if it was something she had said. I will admit, he almost lost me in the ending; I had to listen to it twice to fully understand what had happened, but I got there in the end. The other jewel in this particular casket is Jonathan Keeble. He should be tied to a chair and made to read the whole lot; no-one but no-one comes near him, unless it’s Nigel Anthony. This pair could fight for pole position and possibly end in a draw. Listeners out there, if you haven’t tried this man because you perhaps aren’t really into police yarns, swallow your fears. Give him a go The real tragedy is that he is gone. There won’t be any more. What we have is what we have. WIGIT. When it’s gone.............!

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  • F. Wynn
  • 16-02-2020

Hyperbole

The title is not an adverse criticism of the book, or performance . It is that all was so good, that words fail me, almost . An excellent tale well written, characters that came alive in the telling, with a narrator who should be given an Oscar.

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