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Call The Dying By Andrew Taylor

Call The Dying
by Andrew Taylor

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Call The Dying Summary


Call The Dying: The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 7 by Andrew Taylor

It is 1955 and the influx of televisions do nothing to relieve the tensions in the deeply conservative town of Lydmouth. Mr Frederick, a television engineer, arrives to sell and adapt the new sets. He comes for two nights and apparently leaves. On the evening of that same day, eccentric Dr Bayswater, a retired GP, is found dead. A gentleman's yellow kid glove, slightly gnawed by rats, is found lying next to his body. Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornhill is drafted in to investigate. It soon becomes apparent that the case is going to be far from straight-forward. Bayswater was not liked, particularly not by his dashing successor, Dr Connolly nor by a local lorry driver with a grudge and a need for money. Meanwhile, Jill Francis has returned after three years to take over as editor of the Gazette. But there is fierce competition from the ruthless Ivor Fuggle's rival Evening Post and when she is not trying to keep the newspaper afloat she spends her much of her time with Dr Connolly. Nevertheless, despite himself, Thornhill is still in love with her.

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Call The Dying Reviews


'This is top of the class. Taylor's re-creation of the 1950s is absolutely convincing.' - -- Sue Baker's Top 10 crime & thriller titles, Publishing News 'A journey into 1950s Britain, where post-war austerity is the order of the day and television is still a novelty. In CALL THE DYING by Andrew Taylor, a woman journalist, herself something of a novelty, returns to a small West Country town to take over the editorship of a failing weekly newspaper. When a man who tunes television sets disappears, she is forced into a working relationship with her former lover, a married police inspector. Full of nostalgic detail, this is old-fashioned crime at its best - perfect for a cold winter night in front of a roaring fire.' -- Joan Smith in Sunday Times roundup 'Andrew Taylor's latest addition to his "Lydmouth" murder series perfectly evokes that innocent world of the 1950s. The book is wonderfully redolent of that era, except that it has psychological depth instead of Christie-type cliches. Taylor builds a gripping story, as redolent of the period as brown linoleum. His subtle exploration of provincial society, with its gruesome underbelly, makes this a powerful extension to the series.' -- Independent 'What's rare and admirable in Taylor's fiction (especially in the Lydmouth series) is his painterly and poetic skill in transforming the humdrum into something emblematic and important. His writing is never pretentious. He strikes no attitudes. His crime scenes and procedures are meticulously observed and followed. CALL THE DYING is expert, ingenious and absorbing.' -- Philip Oakes, Literary Review 'Taylor's Lydmouth series is turning the classical detective story into a complex picture of our own past' -- Independent 'The most underrated crime writer in Britain today' -- Val McDermid 'Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not THE most interesting novelist writing on crime in England today. Like Ruth Rendell he produces particularly good, emotionally complex psychological novels and rather better straight detective novels than she does in her Wexford series' -- Harriet Waugh, Spectator 'Taylor is an excellent writer' -- The Times 'Taylor is, as always, adept at showing the reality beneath the surface, as the characters interact and the unsavoury truth behind the murder is gradually revealed' -- Sunday Telegraph 'Taylor is the master of small lives writ large and, in the phrase coined in this era of surly pubs and poor food, he has carved a classic detective story which is deceptively calm and cool, but really smashing' -- Frances Fyfield, Express on The Suffocating Night 'CALL THE DYING is expert, ingenious and absorbing.' -- Literary Review 'Full of nostalgic detail, this is old-fashioned crime at its best - perfect for a cold winter night in front of a roaring fire.' -- Sunday Times 'Andrew Taylor's latest addition to his "Lydmouth" murder series perfectly evokes that innocent world of the 1950s. The book is wonderfully redolent of that era, except that it has psychological depth instead of Christie-type cliches. Taylor builds a gripping story, as redolent of the period as brown linoleum. His subtle exploration of provincial society, with its gruesome underbelly, makes this a powerful extension to the series.'

About Andrew Taylor


Andrew Taylor has worked as a boatbuilder, wages clerk, librarian, labourer and publisher's reader. He has written many crime novels as well as children's books and lives with his wife and their two children in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales.

Additional information

GOR000636425
Call The Dying: The Lydmouth Crime Series Book 7 by Andrew Taylor
Andrew Taylor
Used - Very Good
Hardback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
2004-10-11
448
0340825693
9780340825693
N/A
Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
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