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The Mortal Sickness: The 2nd Novel in the Lydmouth Crime Series

The Mortal Sickness: The 2nd Novel in the Lydmouth Crime Series [Kindle Edition]

Andrew Taylor
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Taylor's Lydmouth series is turning the classical detective story into a complex picture of our own past (Independent)

Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting novelist writing on crime in England today (Spectator)

The people depicted here are real and believable and the drabness and genteel facade of Fifties England is skilfully brought to life. Taylor is, as always, adept at showing the reality beneath the surface (Sunday Telegraph)

How skilfully he recreates the atmosphere of the time through innuendo, attitude and detail . . .Taylor is the master of small lives writ large and he has carved a classic detective story (Frances Fyfield)

The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today (Val McDermid)

Book Description

From the prize-winning author of Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy, this is the second in the acclaimed Lydmouth crime series, set on the Welsh/English border in the confusing years after the Second World War.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 425 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder; 2 edition (13 Sep 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008K5TF08
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #95,678 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly enjoyable 9 Jan 2009
By L. J. Roberts TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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 parishioner is found dead within the church, initial suspicion falls on the vicar.

Journalist Jill Francis is also fairly to Lydmouth. Her professional interest soon becomes personal after also being attacked.

Mr. Taylor's works reminded me of Agatha Christie only in Miss Marple's observation that the residents of St. Mary's Mead were a microcosm of people everywhere. There were quite a few characters and, although the author was kind enough to provide a list of characters, I found I didn't really need it as each came to life for me.

Being set in post-War 1950s, it depicted the, outwardly at least, the secondary role of women. Yet the strongest characters were the women, particularly Jill and the vicar's wife, Mary Sutton. There was a very strong sense of place and evocative descriptions which enabled me to stroll through this fictional village with the characters.

Taylor has a wonderful turn of phrase. I found myself stopping and re-reading occasional sentences for the pleasure of them. The plot was deceptive. It was fairly easy to spot a villain early on, but with a couple good twists along the way, I realized how well plotted was the story.

Such was my enjoyment; I've ordered two more books in this series.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
By P. Rees
A great 50s-era murder mystery set in the isolated (and fictional) village of Lydmouth, on the Welsh-English border. It manages to both pay homage to and subvert the 'golden age' era of crime novels. If I had to compare the plotting and characterisation to anyone, then it would be to Ngaio Marsh; but the key word here is 'atmosphere' - you can just sense the austerity and the repressiveness of the time. My only criticism would be that the ending was not as revelatory as I had been expecting, but that's a minor criticism. A great book, one of a series featuring Inspector Thornhill. Recommended.
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The Andrew Taylor Lydmouth crime novels series are well-written. I like the fact that they concentrate on developing the main characters and uncovering the truth about the crime that is featured, rather than veering into thriller territory where it all ends up with the detective in peril. The depiction of 1950's Britain was eerily good - and brought back a lot of childhood memories. Well worth reading,
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