The son of a professional soccer player, Hill studied at Oxford University and became a teacher, while quietly writing a series of popular books.
His first, A Clubbable Woman, was published in 1970.
A decade later he quit teaching to write full time and has over 40 books to his name, including the Dalziel and Pascoe crime novels, which were adapted into a TV series featuring Warren Clarke and Colin Buchanan in the mid-1990s.
In 1995, Hill won the Crime Writers' Association Cartier Diamond Dagger for his Lifetime Contribution to Crime Writing.
Detectives Dalziel and Pascoe, the bickering odd couple of crime drama, investigate the murder of a local rugby club member's wife who was found sitting in front of her television with her head beaten in.