Passion burns in the unlikeliest of breasts, and the breast in this case belongs to Patrick Aldermann, an accountant with a company that makes toilets. Though Patrick has an elegant blonde wife, his passion is reserved for his roses, which he prunes ruthlessly – “deadheading” any blossoms a minute past their prime, so as to make space for the younger blooms. Not much of a gardener, Dalziel views Patrick as a strong contender for the title of most boring man in Yorkshire. Pascoe, though, thinks something more than a love of roses may be burning beneath Patrick’s placid exterior. He’s noticed, for example, that senior executives at the toilet company – gentlemen, you might say, just a minute past their prime – have an unlucky habit of dying. And when they do, it’s all but inevitably Patrick who, like a lucky young bloom, is poised to take their place.
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Fans of Ian Rankin, Peter Robinson, and the "Dalziel and Pascoe" series
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