Richard & Judy author Andrew Taylor's award-winning Dougal series, available for the first time in years.
There's unfinished business between William Dougal and his widowed father. Part of it has to do with Celia Prentisse, who was once William's girlfriend. When her father, a historian, is found drowned, he is declared a suicide, but Celia remains unconvinced - not least because his abandoned clothes were found with a bottle of the wrong brand of gin and a slim volume of Schopenhauer's essays. It's not much evidence, but it's enough to send her godfather, retired British intelligence officer Major Ted Dougal, and his son William off on a trail that leads to a 1930s arsenic poisoning and a still-classified World War I court martial. Fortunately, the Major still has connections - and William's scruples are infinitely adjustable . . .
Lively and entertaining - Times Literary Supplement
An amusing romp - Sunday Telegraph
This one's a maverick . . . [with] a professional touch unusual in a first novel - Irish Times
A rather unusual book . . . with sharply etched characters and a rather shocking amorality - The New York Times Book Review
A bestselling crime writer, Andrew Taylor has also worked as a boatbuilder, wages clerk, librarian, labourer and publisher's reader. He has written many prize-winning crime novels and thrillers, including the William Dougal crime series, the Lydmouth crime series, the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy - which was televised as ITV's Fallen Angel - and several standalone historical crime novels.
His many awards include the CWA Cartier Diamond Dagger in 2009 for sustained excellence in crime writing, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, and the Crime Writers' Association Ellis Peters Historical Dagger, which he has won twice - most recently for his bestselling Richard & Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy, which was also selected for The Times Top Ten Crime Novels of the Decade. Bleeding Heart Square won Sweden's Martin Beck Award, the Golden Crowbar.
Andrew Taylor is also the crime fiction reviewer of the Spectator. He lives with his wife in the Forest of Dean, on the borders of England and Wales. To find out more, visit Andrew's website, www.andrew-taylor.co.uk, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/andrewjrtaylor