An Air That Kills (Lydmouth #1)
If you like a British mystery with an old-time feel, written by a man who knows how to write(!), then you've found a great new series. I almost checked my "classics" shelf when I logged this one in, because in many ways it feels like a classic.
Andrew Taylor makes his characters real in a masterful sense. Fiona, who has been pushing all manner of Andrew Taylor novels on me for some time, says "He gets you to know these ch ...more
Both journalist Jill Francis and Inspector Richard Thornhill are new to Lydmouth and both have issues in their lives. Richard is trying to become accustomed to the ways of the small town and Jill is staying with her friend, Phillip, and his wealthy, and rather imperious wife, Charlotte.
During the clearing of an old property, an old wooden box is found containing a tarnished silver brooch and a baby’s bones. They go to the town historian, who poi ...more
An Air That Kills is the first in the Lydmouth series. Unlike most other crime/mystery novels Lydmouth isn't the name of the detective, it is actually the name of the town the novels are set in. Lydmouth is a fictional town situated between England and Wales, during the 1950's. The backdrop is ...more
This wasn't as deep the two volumes of the Roth Trilogy that I've read so far but I did think it was a really interesting introduction to what I hope I'll find to be an engaging series. As well as enjoying previous books by the author I was attracted to this series by the titles: they are all quotes from AE Housman's poems A Shropshire Lad and are set in the imaginary town of Lydmouth on the border of Shropshire and Wales in the 1950s. My mum's family are from Shropshire so that appeals to me, a...more
**First: my thanks to Linda. Her review of this book led me to read it.**
Set in the 1950s in Lydmouth, an ancient market town on the border between England and Wales. Two newcomers to Lydmouth: Jill Francis and Detective Inspector Richard Thornhill become involved in investigating a mystery. Both, as becomes clear during the story, are caught up with issues in their own lives. Jill, recovering from an emotional experience of her own, is ...more
The first instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth crime series, from the prize-winning author of the Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy. Workmen in the small market town of Lydmouth are demolishing an old cottage. A sledgehammer smashes into what looks like a solid wall. Instead, layers of wallpaper conceal the door of a locked cupboard which holds a box - and in the box is the skeleton of a young baby. Items within the box suggest that the baby was entombed early in the nineteenth...more
I have to say that his plot was one he semi-recycled in one of his later books and that I had a suspicion of what was coming near the end. But mostly it was the interplay between the characters that kept me eagerly ...more
The very English quality, manners and a gentleness, is partly due to the time period but also the writing, and if I say it is a relaxing read it is not meant to be in any way denigratory.