The Mortal Sickness (Lydmouth, #2)
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The Mortal Sickness (Lydmouth #2)

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Jill Francis, a journalist struggling to create a new life for herself in the small English town of Lydmouth, becomes inextricably involved in the life of Alex Sutton when they both discover a bludgeoned woman in St. John's Church. The finger of suspicion is immediately pointed at Alex, Lydmouth's new vicar. Alex has other problems to deal with as well: Some parishioners d...more
Hardcover, 294 pages
Published July 1st 1996 by St. Martin's Press (first published April 18th 1996)
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This didn't have the traditional who-done-it suspense of most crime fiction, as fairly early on all the incriminating signs pointed to the person who did end up being the committer of the crime (I use that construction so as to not give away the gender of said committer). But Andrew Taylor isn't a policier writer in the usual sense; his books are more about people. I enjoyed this book simply because I enjoyed following the characters. Sometimes I find it amazing that I like a writer who is this...more
Kirsty Darbyshire

This is the second volume in the Lydmouth series and had more depth to it than the first volume. Along with the central church based setting this felt more of the Roth Trilogy than An Air That Kills did.

Jill Francis is now permanently based at the Lydmouth Gazette, though she's still staying with the paper's owner and editor, Charlotte and Philip Wemyss-Brown. Charlotte's politeness and care of Jill whilst wanting her out of the house at the same time portrays English manners very well to me. I

It is so lovely picking up a book by your favourite author and knowing instantly that you are going to enjoy it. Taylor is just consistently good - even the ones which aren't as good still make me feel as if I'm floating easily through his world, just pure reading bliss.

As the second book in the series this is not better or worse then the first book, An Air That Kills but it serves to slowly build upon this world he introduce in the first book and cement the characters and the relationships they...more
Jill Francis, six months after her relocation from London, is starting to adapt to village life, but the village has yet to adapt to her. Perhaps her new job, reporting for the local paper, will help. As she is researching the medieval chalice owned by the local church, she stumbles across a murder. Jill and fellow newcomer, Inspector Thornhill, are once again obliged to cross paths, a circumstance with neither relishes, in spite of a strange attraction that lurks in the awareness of each. In th...more
THE MORTAL SICKNESS (Pol. Proc.- Insp Thornhill /Jill Francis-England-1950s) - VG
Taylor, Andrew – 2nd in Lydmouth series
St. Martin’s Press, 1996, US Hardcover – ISBN: 0312143710

First Sentence: Jill knew at once that the woman was dead.

English villages are not always peaceful. The vicar and his wife are relatively new to Lydmouth yet someone is doing their best to force them out by sending anonymous letters claiming the vicar has been having an affair with one of his parishioners. When the parish...more
Thomas Strömquist
"Classic very British detective story taking place in the 50's. Very, very traditional, very, very well written and very, very good."
Whilst the book didn't give a date or year, it was obvious after a while by the way the characters addressed each other that it was some time around 1950s...I think (I'm not great on history!).

Nothing too stunning or exciting but it took me back in time, reminded me of old detective tv programmes, a little like Miss Marple but without the main character, set in an English village with the usual village shenanigans!

Not sure I'd have I enjoyed it so much if I hadn't been reading it on holiday thou...more
Good English mystery.
Second in the series and remains enjoyable. Relationship between Thornhill & Jill Francis continues to simmer. 1950's small town feeling very authentic and all so proper. Looking forward to the next.
Second of the Lydmouth Mysteries set in the 1950s. A good plot with plenty of suspects and a totally plausible outcome. A quick and enjoyable read.
Really a 3.5 or 3.75. The sentences were a little choppy for me. I found it distracting. I loved the setting and the mystery itself.
This is a great series. This one wasn't quite as good as the first, but still very solid. Loving Andrew Taylor! Thanks Fiona!
I really should have put this in The-Books-I-should not have bothered finishing.
I am enjoying this mystery series.
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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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