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Winner of the CWA 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger Award.
Set in the early 50s, this is classic detective stuff. Small town life, genteel and drab, atmospherically portrayed this is part of a series which I do feel you will appreciate more if you’ve read the earlier ones. His big historical novel, American Boy, was a Richard and Judy featured title.
Comparison: Peter Robinson, Ruth Rendell, Jacqueline Winspear.
Similar this month: Minette Walters, Ian Rankin.
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.
Closing date: 30/11/2020
Publication date: 29/08/2005
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||29th August 2005|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
Andrew Taylor has been a full-time writer since 1981, and has written over twenty books. He has been described by The Times as 'One of Britain's best writers of psychological suspense.'Having decided to become a writer at the age of ten, he claims that it was his newly recognised facility for writing stories, teamed with the idea that a writer's life consisted of not wearing a tie to work, that first attracted him to the career. More recently however he has suggested that 'one of the attractions of writing fiction is that it allows you to create your own little ...More About Andrew Taylor