'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph
From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, this is the third instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series
After the coldest night of the year, they find the man's body. He is dangling from the Hanging Tree on the outskirts of a village near Lydmouth, with his trousers round his ankles. Is it suicide, murder, or accidental death resulting from some bizarre sexual practice?
Journalist Jill Francis and Detective Inspector Thornhill become involved in the case in separate ways. Jill is also drawn unwillingly into the affairs of the small public school where the dead man taught. Meanwhile a Peeping Tom is preying upon Lydmouth; Jill has just moved into her own house and is afraid she is being watched. And there are more distractions, on a personal level, for policeman and reporter . . .
'An excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' The Times
'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' Val McDermid
'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries' Time Out
'Part baffling mystery, part social commentary, The Lover of the Grave is so atmospheric you can practically feel the ice on the inside of the windows'
Liverpool Daily Post
'The tensions, both emotional and sexual, that run through this deftly plotted novel stretch the reader's nerves almost to breaking point'
Val McDermid, Manchester Evening News
'This absorbing tale is only the third of Taylor's Lydmouth Mysteries, yet already they rank among the finest of English rural whodunit/whydunits..'
'A nicely satisfying read'
The Irish Times
'Andrew Taylor was given the thumbs up long ago for beautifully crafted, well written narratives combining sublety, depth and that vital 'Oh my God what is the hell is going to happen next' factor, which is the driving force of the story-teller... The Lover of the Grave... makes you long to read the next tale'
Frances Fyfield Express on Saturday
'A good, meaty story in the best classic tradition'
'This absorbing tale is only the third of Taylor's Lydmouth mysteries, yet already they rank among the finest of English rural whodunit/whydunits'
Cumberland Evening News and Star
'Taylor evokes and stays faithful to the narrow convention and dingy austerity of the 1950s, He is an excellent writer who has conjured up an understated and grimy drama. Very praiseworthy'
'Quite definitely a cut above the usual whodunnit'
Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and the triple winner of the Historical Dagger. His books include the Sunday Times bestsellers The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, the international bestseller The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); the Lydmouth Series; the William Dougal Series, The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year, and The Scent of Death. He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He reviews for the Spectator and The Times.
For more information about Andrew Taylor and his books, see: www.andrew-taylor.co.uk or follow him on twitter: @andrewjrtaylor