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Hello, Hippo! Goodbye, Bird! eS tempered by weariness of how much needs to be done and the drudgery of the slow pace of changeThe story was an intriguing one and annjoyable read The reader sees Cannibal events through theyes of several different characters including the two main players and we also meet those associated characters Mastered (The Enforcers, eg Philip Jill s friend andditor of the local newspaper Thornhill s police colleagues who will appear in future booksBy the time I got the Man, Son of Man end of the book I felt I d had the briefest introduction to Jill and Richard and was immediately keen to pick up the next book to continue to read how their story developed I have the second book in the series The Mortal Sickness all lined up ready I like Andrew Taylor s writing and have read several of his historical novels This book was very different in that it was set in the 1950s The story unfolded slowly possibly too slow a pace for some but I wasn t bored by this The attention to detail created the atmosphere of life in post war England and the actual crime aspect was interestingnough to hold my attentionAn Air That Kills is the first in a series of crime novels I think I ll be looking out for of Lydmouth books If Alter Ego ever a book destroyed any nostalgia for the postra it
S The That The Air That Superbly written and vocative of the dreariness of England after the World War Weak beer shabby pubs overflowing ashtrays and the awful weight of social convention stifling veryone The characters are well realised and the I Uncommon Wisdom enjoyed this book immensely not only because it feeds my need for mystery murder thrillers but mostly because it was English and that made it fun I actually admired the people who were always smoking something the incredibly damp wet weather and the bitter beer It brought back memories of Dunhills in my purse and then later the John Player Specials which I thought uitexotic I Unseen City even drove a black and gold British sports car briefly before trading it for a slightly dependable silverred British car which leaked less during the rainAs this took place in a small town for the most part the author took pains to get all the settings of post war Englandxactly right and that must have been uite a bit of work This was masterfully done The characters with their reserve not always blurting things out as modern characters do added to the mystery and suspense In addition we saw the seedy side of life without getting all the details with which I have been bombarded of late with writers feeling the need to Art express truth through profound ugliness I am grateful to have the British view of things and not just another Naked LunchThe two main characters the police detective and the visiting journalist developed uite a bit of sexual tension and I was a little surprised not to find them falling together at some point but perhaps that comes later in a series It is pleasant to read of characters who are flawed but without being hideous and also the hideous without having to watch their performances very often In thend the murders are resolved somewhat not that we couldn t have seen certain things coming but Taylor made it seem like things could have been one of several ways up until the very God Is in the Crowd end Personally I would have liked to have learned about poor Antonia s childhood but the indications were uitenough to give one the idea. Torian murder trial and forward to the recent past It’s ramifications spread like a cancer through the close knit community and old wounds begin to bleed againPsychological suspense and human drama lie at the heart of this powerful crime nove. First Sentence November is the month of the deadBoth 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 points them back to a Victorian Attracting Songbirds to Your Backyard era murder However the investigators find that things are not what they seemI ve only recently discovered Andrew Taylor s books and what a delightful discovery it is I d previously read the second book in the Lydmouth series but decided to go back and start the series at the beginning The setting is different from the normarly post WWII small town England Being a village albeit fictional allows the reader to become familiar with the residents and geography of this community located on the Anglo Welsh border Next the characters The two primary characters are outsiders to the community and to ach other In this first book we meet the two characters and through the story learn their history and see their association begin These
Are Not Sweetness And not sweetness and characters but are very human as are all the characters in Taylor s story It reminds one that behind the fa ade of the idyllic village are people Taylor s writing is vocative with a strong sense of time and place The plot is wonderfully done It seems uite straightforward in the beginning but goes somewhere I certainly never Notes for the Everlost expected I sonjoyed this book I am on a uest to find the rest
of the Lydmouth series books AN AIR THAT KILLS Trad Mys Jill FrancisIns Richard Thornhill England the Lydmouth series books AN AIR THAT KILLS Trad Mys Jill FrancisIns Richard Thornhill England VGTaylor Andrew 1st in Lydmouth seriesSt Martin s Press 1995 US Hardcover ISBN 0312117396 I ve been wanting to read this book for a long time Andrew Taylor is one of my favourite authors of all time He is Britain during the decade after the Second World War looked both ways back toward the old certainties of the mpire and forward to the wealth and change of modern life It is in the England that Edgar nominated suspense writer Andrew Taylor sets his powerful novel of long buried secrets and still burning issues of love revenge and justiceJill Francis and Inspector Richard Thornhill are both newcomers to Lydmouth an ancient market town on the border of England and Wales She s just given up on her journalistic career for reasons she d rather not discuss he recently made an uneasy job switch to this small community that keeps harking back to the way things were before the warThey meet after a pitiful collection is unearthed at a building site Workmen find an old wooden box containing a handful of baby s bones a scrap of newspaper from the last century and a tarnished silver brooch in the shape of a love knot What looks to be a routing inuiry proves to be anything but and Jill and Richard become unwilling partners in this perplexing case that draws them back to a celebrated Victorian murder trial Soon their investigation takes a deadly turn bringing past crimes very much into the presentfront flapLydmouth seems a grim gritty little town and the people in it likewise None very likeable all with grim gritty secrets to hide or lse. Lydmouth is a picturesue market town on the borders of England and Wales To it comes Jill Francis journalist onlooker and outsider It is the week before Remembrance Sunday and Jill has her own tragic reasons for knowing that November is the mon. Just general nastiness The jacket blurb is somewhat misleading Jill and the Inspector do meet up but there s no collaboration or teaming up although Inspector Thornhill perhaps would like there to be his marriage characterized by a dearth of affection or common ground I m so glad this was my first read book in 2010 Way to start out the year 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 classicAndrew 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 characters he writes without you really seeing how he does it I can t say it any better than that When you care about No Biggy! even the villains and minor characters like the clerks and barmaids you know you ve found a great talentHis prose is very succinct You ll not be slogging through pages and pages to get to the meat of anything here You ll uickly move from appetizers to the main course I love the short chapters sometimes only a page or two Each chapter follows a different set of characters or flashes to a different scene I like that Not only does it keep me turning the pages to read just one chapter but I don t get bored staring at the same faces and placesThe plot was good but notarth shattering I would have liked it if he d revealed a bit less to the reader so we could have puzzled over a few things for a bit longer He did throw in a twist toward the very nd that did rock my world a bit and I was grateful for thatThe main characters are so interesting and as well as I feel I know them they have depth so I want to learn I will definitely continue on with this series I love a mystery with that great British backdrop of fog mist and rain There is nothing better Thank you Fiona for not giving up and pushing this book at me until I finally read it A small town in England is full of murderous individuals as Jill Francis arrives for a visit to forget her troubles I am awarding 2 stars for the clever plotting but otherwise it was a terrible book The characters were intensely
unlikable in particular all of the lecherous men I read on because it was a good story in particular all of the lecherous men I read on because it was a good story I would hesitate to read the next in the series Having njoyed a couple of the Lydmouth novels in the past I decided it was time to go back to the beginning and read the ones I d not yet read in the right order In this first book we meet the two characters who ll be central to the series Jill Francis journalist and Richard Thornhill police inspector We meet Jill as she arrives in the town by train Clearly something distressing has happened in her relatively recent past though we don t find out what until well into the bookThe mystery revolves around the discovery of a baby s bones which are dug up on a building site It s initially believed they re from Victorian times but as nuiries unfold a recent secret is revealed This is not a fast paced crime thriller but a story told at a gentle pace reflecting the conservative nature of society of the time Set in the 1950s it s an interesting insight into life in Britain a few years after the Second World War Optimism for the future Th of the deadWhen workmen demolishing an old inn discover the pitiful remains of a newborn baby in a disused privy Jill becomes an unwilling partner in Detective Inspector Thornhill’s investigation The case stretches back to a celebrated Vic.