I was devastated to learn that Reginald Hill has died. No more Fat Andy Dalziel. Hill is my very favorite writer of mystery and police procedurals, and I have loved his novels in the Pascoe & Dalziel series. Truly. Loved. Them.
It reminds me of my sense of loss when I realized that Kate Ross had died and that there would be no more Julian Kestrel mysteries.
I can't explain why these two authors and their characters appealed to me in such a fundamental way, but I will always feel a deep and abiding loss that I can no longer follow the adventures of Lord Julian and Fat Andy.
Oh, unfair, unfair to have these wonderful characters die with their authors.
The death of Ariana Franklin (Diane Norman) is another loss, and I will miss Adelia Aguilar, the medieval pathologist as well, but not nearly as deeply.