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An Air That Kills (The Lydmouth Crime Series) Paperback – February 2, 1995


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Product Details

  • Series: The Lydmouth Crime Series
  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperback (February 2, 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340617136
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340617137
  • Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 4.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,139,606 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

This engrossing launch of a series from Creasy Award winner Taylor (The Second Midnight) introduces Jill Francis, a heartsick London journalist visiting Philip, a former colleague, and his wife, Charlotte, in the postwar English countryside. In Lydmouth, Jill is caught up in a local police case involving the town ne'er-do-well's discovery of an old wooden box containing an infant's bones, a scrap of yellowed newsprint and a brooch. New CID Inspector Richard Thornhill questions Charlotte, whose family owns the newspaper the fragment matches, and Major Harcutt, who is compiling a history of Lydmouth. Then Harcutt is slain, leaving the ne'er-do-well as prime suspect in everyone's minds until Jill, who has been helping the major's daughter cope with her father's death, stumbles on the truth. Taylor subtly weaves the threads of this thoughtful, melancholy tale until they become an interlaced whole before the reader's eyes.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

In this new series by Taylor (Blood Relation, LJ 2/1/91), the protagonists fall easily into the "stranger arrives in town" category. Both Detective Inspector Richard Thornhill and ex-journalist Jill Francis chose the village of Lydmouth as an escape; now, they both become involved in a mystery dating back to the Victorian era when a group of laborers discovered the bones of an infant in a former cesspool. As newcomers in town, Thornhill and Francis tread lightly, both with each other and with the natives. Colorful characters, a fascinating story line, and short, pithy paragraphs should make this a popular choice.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2002
Format: Hardcover
With the victim's identity more sensational than the murder, we have an English mystery by Andrew Taylor. Mr. Taylor holds excitement like strings of a puppet and uses each one to keep the reader probing different directions. No one is sure who the killer might be until he is able to understand who the victim is. Don't stop once you begin reading. The story unfolds carefully toward the surprising end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Cameron-Smith TOP 1000 REVIEWER on April 29, 2010
Format: Hardcover
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 visiting with her former colleague Philip and his wife Charlotte. Detective Inspector Thornhill and his family have their own adjustments to make to life in Lydmouth.

It is the week before Remembrance Sunday. When workmen demolishing an old inn discover a small box, a brooch, a scrap of old newspaper, and the pitiful remains of a newborn baby in a disused privy, the police are called in to investigate. How old are the remains? Could they be related to a woman tried in a celebrated Victorian murder trial? Who is involved in this case, and what is the truth? In looking for answers, Detective Inspector Thornhill finds that there are many more questions and a number of the inhabitants of Lydmouth have secrets which they'd rather not share.

I enjoyed this novel (published in 1995), and I'm looking forward to reading Mr Taylor's other novels - including the series of which this book is the first instalment.

Jennifer Cameron-Smith
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kashew on December 13, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I enjoyed the opening of the book. There is no doubt that the story is well written. I just found that the main characters were carrrying around a bit too much baggage for me ... I prefer to concentrate on the mystery rather than the internal sufferings of the protagnists. Perhaps I just wasn't in the mood for this book. Will pick it up again in a few months and see whether it strikes a more positive note.
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