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The Suffocating Night (Lydmouth #4)

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The Korean war rumbles in the background throughout this novel as a reporter is found murdered at the Bathurst Arms, squatters are evicted from a military camp and there are new developments in the three-year-old hunt for a missing teenager.
Paperback, 372 pages
Published 1999 by New English Library
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Aug 30, 2011 Linda rated it really liked it
In the fourth installment in Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth series, the Korean War is raging, and the town is shadowed by the threats of Communism and nuclear war. Freelance journalist Cameron Rouse travels to town to write a story about homeless squatters who have taken over an abandoned military camp. Lydmouth's MP, Oliver Yately, visits in hope of stamping out the sparks of a sexual scandal. The police superintendent reopens a three year old cold case, the disappearance of a local teen. The local p ...more
Feb 18, 2010 Heidi rated it really liked it
I expected not to like this, the fourth book of the Lydmouth series, that much, as some reviewers on Amazon said this mystery was one of his weakest, but not so. A journalist goes out to Lydmouth to do a piece on a group of squatters who have taken over some area of the town (not sure exactly which area it was, to be honest)and after getting into trouble on various fronts, is killed by one of a long list of suspects, among them Jill Francis' friend and boss, Philip Wemyss-Brown.

A little aside:
First Sentence: Announcements – Parry, Heather Margaret: With all our love on the anniversary of the day you went away, Mother, Dad, Keith and Granny. The Lydmouth Gazette, 18 April

It’s a busy time in Lydmouth. An abandoned military camp has been taken over by squatters, but the military wants them out. Journalist Jill Francis receives an unwelcome visit from her former lover, a married Labour MP. DI Richard Thornhill has been asked to look into a 10-year-old disappearance. Right-wing journalist
Mar 28, 2016 Chrystyna rated it really liked it
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The Suffocating Night by Andrew Taylor - Good

Number 4 in the Lydmouth series and once again Detective Inspector Richard Thornhill and report Jill Francis are drawn into a murder.

Set in the 1950s, this time there are squatters in an old Army Camp on the outskirts of Lydmouth and a freelance reporter is nosing around. There's also the matter of a local girl missing for some years and an MP visiting, privately, from London. When a body is discovered at the local hotel, various different people
Kirsty Darbyshire

Taylor's definitely moving up and up my list of favourite authors. Every book in the series adds to and enlarges on the ones that came before it. The attraction between the two main investigators in this series originally felt like something that might get a bit cheesey or even boring after a book or three, but after four it's still got plenty of life left in it as hurdles that were set up in earlier books come to light.

Oh yeah, there's a good mystery with a great twist in it's tail here too. I

Thomas Strömquist
Jul 02, 2014 Thomas Strömquist rated it really liked it
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The fourth in the series, this one did not capture me as effectively as installments two and three, but it is still really good. This time, a three-year old case of a missing person is reopened due to connections with a mysterious murder.
Jan 04, 2015 Lis rated it liked it
Another in the Lydmouth series - not great but certainly a tolerable read. Kept me going through an icy afternoon.
Sep 04, 2011 Brooks added it
Still good stories now set in familiar surroundings - Lydmouth feels like a real town. Main interest is the developing romance between the leading characters. The plot is of secondary importance.
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Sep 06, 2016 Trevor Kenning rated it liked it
Enjoyable. Good feel of the time and attitudes of the period around which this was written.
Jul 03, 2013 David rated it liked it
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A relatively gentle murder mystery but a series I am enjoying.
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Andrew Taylor (b. 1951) is a British author of mysteries. Born in East Anglia, he attended university at Cambridge before getting an MA in library sciences from University College London. His first novel, Caroline Miniscule (1982), a modern-day treasure hunt starring history student William Dougal, began an eight-book series and won Taylor wide critical acclaim. He has written several other thrill ...more
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