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An Air That Kills: The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 1

The main characters are so interesting, and as well as I feel I know them, they have depth, so I want to learn more. 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.

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Thank you Fiona, for not giving up and pushing this book at me until I finally read it! View all 8 comments. November is the month of the dead. 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. They go to the town historian, who poi First Sentence: They go to the town historian, who points them back to a Victorian-era murder.

However, the investigators find that things are not what they seem. The setting is different from the norm: 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. The two primary characters are outsiders to the community and to each other. In this first book, we meet the two characters and, through the story, learn their history and see their association begin. The plot is wonderfully done. It seems quite straightforward, in the beginning, but goes somewhere I certainly never expected.

An Air That Kills

I so enjoyed this book, I am on a quest to find the rest of the Lydmouth series books. Jul 23, Fiona rated it really liked it Recommends it for: I've been wanting to read this book for a long time.


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Andrew Taylor is one of my favourite authors of all time. He is a natural story teller who can create just the right atmosphere for the time and setting. An Air That Kills is the first in the Lydmouth series. Lydmouth is a fictional town situated between England and Wales, during the 's. The backdrop is I've been wanting to read this book for a long time.


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The backdrop is of a place trapped in time - half way between looking backward s and half way through looking forwards. Taylor has an effortless ability to create believable and real characters that come to life amongst the pages. An Air That Kills introduces the two key characters to this series. Inspector Richard Thornhill and Jill Francis, a reporter. Both are outsiders and both have to find their place within the closeted town of Lydmouth.

The bones of a baby are uncovered during building works undergoing at the old inn which opens up a whole can of worms for the residents of Lydmouth. Under the surface of morality and respectability, dark secrets start to emerge. Taylor is certainly one of the best, if lesser known authors out there within the crime and mystery genre. Feb 01, Rhonda rated it liked it.

I 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 quite exotic.

I even drove a black and gold British sports car briefly before trading it for a slightly more dependable silv I 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. As this took place in a small town, for the most part, the author took pains to get all the settings of post war England, exactly right and that must have been quite 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 express truth through profound ugliness. I am grateful to have the British view of things and not just another Naked Lunch. The two main characters, the police detective and the visiting journalist, developed quite 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 the end, 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 end. Personally I would have liked to have learned more about poor Antonia's childhood, but the indications were quite enough to give one the idea.

Taylor paints a convincing picture of provincial life in the period; a world where late Victorian hypocrisy and a certain type of civic, male power still hold sway.

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His first case opens the lid on some of the town's buried secrets and shines a light on the inequalities of small town life on the cusp of massive social change. It's something of a slow burner, and enjoyable enough, but I'm not sure I got enough out of it to enthuse me about reading the next in the series. Aug 15, Richard Howard rated it really liked it Shelves: If ever a book destroyed any nostalgia for the post war era, it's 'The Air That Kills'. Superbly written and evocative of the dreariness of England after the Second World War.

Weak beer, shabby pubs, overflowing ashtrays and the awful weight of social convention stifling everyone. The characters are well realised and their, often horrible, personalities brought vividly to life. The author conveys beautifully the plight of women too who were still very secondary in all aspects of social life. The book is more a study of the period wrapped up in a police procedural rather than a straightforward 'whodunit' but the resolution of the various crimes is very satisfying. May 16, Lisbeth Zabihi rated it really liked it Shelves: Jeg har altid haft en svaghed for engelske krimier og Andrew Taylor passer bare rigtig godt ind i mit temperament.

Godt og grundigt politiarbejde kombineret med frygtelige forbrydelser der dog ikke er mere bloddryppende end det er til at holde ud. Excellent atmospheric thriller from the ever-reliable Andrew Taylor. This is the first in his 'Lydmouth' series and it focuses on the discovery of a child's bones during the demolition of an old pub. But this is only the start, as Taylor expertly weaves each plot thread together. Apr 13, Helen Almond rated it really liked it. First in a series of 8. A slow burner, very old fashioned but will look for the others. First book I have read by this author. It takes a while to get used to the attitudes of the time which appears to be the 's, but the writing style is relaxed and there is a refreshing lack of over-dramatization.

I am looking forward to the next in the series, and to see how Inspector Thornill's character develops. Dec 07, Kirsty Darbyshire added it. My mum's family are from Shropshire so that appeals to me, a This wasn't as deep the two volumes of the Roth Trilogy that I've read so far but I did think it was a really interesting introduction to what I hope I'll find to be an engaging series.

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