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A high speed pantomime set on the fairways of the Royal Hoo Golf Course, new home to conspiracy,, missing balls and murder... teeming with sparkling dialogue and witty writing......

Title : The Roar of the Butterflies
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ISBN : 9780007252732
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 313 Pages
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The Roar of the Butterflies Reviews

  • Martine Peacock
    2019-05-28 09:19

    I adored the Joe Sixsmith novels although I never could get on with the Dalziel and Pascoe books. So was glad to see this new Joe Sixsmith on the library shelves. Hill writes with such brilliant wit and has an amazing way with English. Although it did seem to me that Joe got lucky in solving this case and would have got nowhere without Butcher.

  • Madonna Valentine
    2019-06-02 04:16

    I really liked this book. Lots of wry humour and very little in the way of overt violence and over the top hysteria that can typify this genre. Hill has created a likeable detective who does things his own way.

  • Windy
    2019-06-20 08:23

    A welcome return to Joe Sixsith, Hill's amusing PI.

  • Mike
    2019-06-12 05:56

    Hill's clockwork plotting is here, as it is in the longer Dalziel and Pascoe books, but comedy is more the focus. Some of the writing is wonderfully silly, verging on P G Wodehouse's style (the title is a tribute to him, as is Chris Porphery, the 'Young Fair God.'The book is considerably lighter than the D&P series (though they have some wonderful moments of humour too), and at times seems almost so lightweight it's going to float away. However, everything comes neatly together at the end, and the baddies get them comeuppance.BTW, I read this in the Large Print edition, just because it happened to be there. I don't know whether the drawings scattered throughout are in the other editions, but it would surprise me (and it's also surprising that no illustrator is credited). They have to be some of the worst drawings I've seen in a book in a very long time: poorly executed, and not contributing anything to the story.

  • Lyle Penner
    2019-05-29 04:16

    Reginald Hill's The Roar of the Butterflies is a light comic yarn about a bumbling, middle-aged private detective with a paunch, Joe Sixsmith, called upon to solve a country club crime of a member being accused of cheating in a golf tournament. The lightweight crime is perhaps a bit deceiving, since the real story involves more treacherous motives and actions. For example, Sixsmith's detective work leads him to two near-death experiences of being hung over the same high-rise balcony railing in the same day! The humor attempt is in the wry and witty department, and it sometimes reaches the level of funny. The country club intrigue, unfortunately, is not that compelling. The characters, and their interactions, didn't seem to jump off the page into their own multi-dimensional realities, so this reader's interest level waned just a bit. I think I would rather return to Hill's other detective tradition, the more gritty yet still entertaining Dalziel and Pascoe duo.

  • Michael Craig
    2019-06-22 08:59

    Thoroughly enjoyed this my first book by Reginald Hill in which featured the intrepid private investigator Joe Sixsmith. The story unfolded in a clever but lighthearted manner in which different characters evolved, whose exaggerated traits we could all appreciate and recognise. It was an extremely witty and entertaining book which was difficult to put down. I would recommend this book, not least to those who know and understand the idiosyncrasies of some of the more colourful members of a golf club and society at large.

  • Shannon
    2019-06-10 06:57

    Delightful! The author, Reginald Hill, was almost unique among mystery writers in that he became better and more honed as a writer the older he got! The only thing that stopped his progress was death and I for one, expect great things of him in the afterlife!Joe Sixsmith is sort of the flip-side of Sam Spade. He's downish, but not out, he has a girlfriend, not a secretary, and he is visited for hire not by a gorgeous dame, but by (in his own words) a YFG (Young Fair God.) He is lovable instead of cynical and he sings in a choir! Oh, and he's short, fat and black with no chip on his shoulder and a live and let live attitude. I like him! (and he has a cat named Whitey!)In this (unfortunately his last outing, due to his creator's death,) he is hired by the aforementioned YFG to help him clear his name of cheating at golf, an unthinkable crime but with possible serious repercussions. Joe is quickly dropped into a morass of envy, high finance, leg-breakers and eventually, something truly sinister! I won't spoil the fun, but take it from me, it is a joy ride broken only by some gentle social commentary asides and one poignant scene which just misses bathos. Hats off to you, Mr. Hill, your were indeed a past master.

  • Alison C
    2019-05-31 04:07

    The Roar of the Butterflies, by Reginald Hill, is I believe the fifth in his series featuring private detective Joe Sixsmith, but it is the first one of the series that I have read. During an extremely hot Luton summer, Joe is asked by a young, rich golf club member to clear his name - he is suspected of having cheated at golf, a sin that would result in his being expelled from the club despite the fact that, it having been built by his grandfather, the young man has the majority of shares in the club and owns the land on which the golf course was built. As Joe is a balding, portly, middle-aged, middle-class Black man, he expects that other club members won't be fooled by the young man's ruse that he is considering sponsoring Joe for the club, but surprisingly everybody he meets there is quite affable. Some of them, however, have more to hide than others, and there are questions about what might become of the land should the young man be moved out of the way.... Since I haven't read the other books in this series, I don't know if I'm missing a lot or a little in terms of the relationships that Joe has with various clearly ongoing characters. As it is, I quite enjoyed the novel; I liked Joe and his friends, and while I guessed the motive of the accusation fairly early on, I didn't guess the perpetrators until nearly the end. If I run across more Joe Sixsmith titles, I will pick them up; so, a mild recommendation from me.

  • Karen
    2019-05-29 05:16

    The Joe Sixsmith series is much more light-hearted than Mr Hill's other, well known Dalziel and Pascoe series. Partly because Joe is a gifted amateur Private Investigator and partly because of Joe's own personality. He takes his responsibilities seriously, but he doesn't take himself all that seriously. Of course his Aunt Mirabelle and his girlfriend Beryl are always standing by, ready to shoot down any signs of Joe getting ahead of himself.He is somewhat surprised though to find himself confronted by a YFG (Young Fair God). On a day when the heat is causing him to hallucinate anyway, the vision of Chris Porphyry and his posh car in Joe's office area is a bit of a surprise. That Chris could have been accused of cheating at golf is just a bit beyond the pale. And Joe is not the only person who thinks it's just not possible - most of the golf course staff and members seem to agree. Joe is hired by Chris to prove his innocence, and what Joe finds is some serious nefarious goings on in the great Royal Hoo Club of Luton.A bit of fun, a bit tongue in cheek, the Joe Sixsmith series combines the lone PI with a heart of gold, with an investigation style that owes a lot more to persistence than might; a man content with his lot in life - which is being managed quite nicely by his girlfriend and his aunt.

  • Tony
    2019-05-27 06:22

    THE ROAR OF THE BUTTERFLIES. (2008). Reginald Hill. ***.When I found this book I just assumed it was just another Dalziel and Pascoe novel. It wasn’t. I suddenly found myself possessed of a chapter in a different series by Hill that I wasn’t aware of: A Joe Sixsmith novel. Joe is an ex-lathe operator who got laid-off from his job and decided to become a private eye. It didn’t bother his that he didn’t know anything about his new career, he just wanted to be one. The case he gets involved with in this book is related to golf – that’s right…golf. He didn’t know anything about golf either. It doesn’t matter if you know anything about golf or not, Hill manages to provide the reader with enough information to get him through the case. Having only read this one book featuring Sixsmith so far (this one), I can’t rate it vs. the super Dalziel and Pascoe cases. Preliminarily, I’d have to say that Sixsmith was certainly not as smart as the super-duo across the aisly. He is more of the people. He likes his Guiness and his football. There doesn’t seem to be a lot of analytical skills here, either. He manages to bumble his way through the job. There appear to be several more books in this series, and I’ll have to hunt them down before I can make my decision.

  • Robert
    2019-06-07 09:13

    Another score for Reginald Hill. Joe Sixsmith is retained by a YFG and once again finds himself moving in circles with which he hasn't even a magazine reader's familiarity.The plot is not quite as complex as in other Hill novels, nor the resolution as chaotic as some of the better ones. But the humor scores on all levels. Some of it will be too subtle for many readers. For other readers, it may seem to heavy handed or juvenile. As always, Hill obviously enjoys writing and he shares that joy with us as effectively as any writer I've ever experienced.

  • Richard
    2019-06-23 05:57

    This book is an easy-to-read detective novel about Private Investigator Joe Sixsmith of Luton in Great Britain. It is a bit improbable but not too much so. The principal, Mr. Sixsmith, is not especially sharp. He relies a lot on serendipity and some smart friends to help him solve his cases. As such, his character is not particularly appealing to me. The action keeps the reader engaged, but the plot is thin, as are the characters. The book is relatively short at 199 pages for the e-book.

  • John Pye
    2019-06-07 10:11

    This was an entertaining read and mostly written in a light hearted manner. Private detective Joe Sixsmith comes up for all sorts of treatment from the believable characters which Hill creates throughout the story. Hill pokes fun at the pomposities of the high class golf club which is a central location in this yarn and leaves non golfers (such as I) smirking at the 'carryings on'. It's a good read.

  • Tiina
    2019-06-22 10:22

    Not your everyday whodunit. Recommended!I'm getting the hang of Joe Sixsmith as character, I liked this book a whole lot more than another that I read earlier.The story was interesting and I now understood the humor, too. It was a close call between five and four stars, but since I would not call this book amazing, it was four stars.I'm sure that a person with golf as hobby would have appreciated this book even more!

  • Eunira
    2019-06-12 06:59

    A very entertaining book, this comic crime novel.Joe Sixmith, a laid-off lathe operator turned PI, relies mostly on instinct and luck to solve his cases and while investigating a cheating charge on the links in a posh club, he comes up with something much nastier.The roar of butterflies refers to P.G.Wodehouse.

  • Jo
    2019-06-22 05:56

    I think I would have enjoyed this more if I hadn't mislaid the book and then came back to it. The Joe Sixsmith books are usually very enjoyable-this probably isn't a fair rating really but I couldn't get into it again :-(

  • Laura
    2019-06-05 02:15

    I usually love Hill's mysteries (even the one-offs), but like Death of a Dormouse, this one just didn't do it for me. Joe Sixsmith was not appealing, the mystery was blah, and the writing didn't sound like Hill.

  • Chriss
    2019-06-11 02:04

    The main character is an unusual detective. I enjoyed the story, but I stopped reading after I figured out what was going on. It was fun, but not interesting enough to stick around and watch how it resolved.

  • Claudette
    2019-06-18 07:14

    I haven't been a fan of Sixsmith before now. This one was great and really funny. Interestingly, I noticed that the "reading level" on this one is a bit lower than that of the Dalziel & Pascoe series of late. I didn't run for my dictionary even once.

  • Mark
    2019-06-25 06:24

    The lighter side of Reginald Hill. Though there's a bunch of titles in this non-Dalziel and Pascoe series about a black private eye in small town midlands England, this one is the first in print here.

  • Sydney
    2019-06-23 07:57

    Purchased for my Kobo because it was a special and I had heard good things about Joe Sixsmith from someone who knows I love Daziel and Pascoe novels. This one was mostly entertaining, but did not grab me.

  • Carolyn Rose
    2019-06-18 10:08

    A fun fast read with a delightful cast of British characters. Joe Smith isn't the brightest bulb in the chandelier, but he has a way of getting to the right place at the right time, even with a heavy-handed crew out to discourage him.

  • Joy Stephenson
    2019-06-25 03:16

    This is the first of the Joe Sixsmith series I've read, but it didn't seem to matter that I hadn't read the earlier books in the series. Joe Sixsmith is a likeable, somewhat bungling, private eye and the book is light-hearted and a cheery read.

  • Spitz
    2019-06-01 06:03

    very light-weight for RH

  • Mary
    2019-05-26 07:58

    fun mystery by Reginald Hill..revolves around golfing and the elite..

  • Hannah Katsman
    2019-06-11 10:19

    I enjoyed this light-hearted detective story with a modest hero. The last chapter is brilliant.

  • Lizbuf
    2019-06-16 03:57

    A Joe Sixsmith novel, reminiscent of P.G.Wodehouse. Fun, fluffy mystery. An easy-peasy read. What's not to like?

  • Kathi
    2019-06-16 04:57

    An entertaining read.

  • Maggie
    2019-05-29 07:00

    Slow at first, but picked up a little around the 70-80 page mark. By page 100 I was hooked. It just took me too long to get to the interesting part that I probably won't read anymore in series.

  • Crawford
    2019-06-06 10:22

    When Joe Sixsmith actually faced up to hitting a golf ball, the roaring of the butterflies could really be heard! Great writing achievement!