From the prize-winning author of Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy, this is the third in the acclaimed Lydmouth crime series, set on the Welsh/English border in the confusing years after the Second World War.
The third novel in the Lydmouth crime series, from the prize-winning author of the Richard and Judy Book Club novel, The American Boy.
After the coldest night of the year, they find the man's body. He's 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. And there are more distractions, on a personal level, for policeman and reporter . . .
Taylor's Lydmouth series is turning the classical detective story into a complex picture of our own past - Independent
Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting novelist writing on crime in England today - Spectator
The people depicted here are real and believable and the drabness and genteel facade of Fifties England is skilfully brought to life. Taylor is, as always, adept at showing the reality beneath the surface - Sunday Telegraph
How skilfully he recreates the atmosphere of the time through innuendo, attitude and detail . . .Taylor is the master of small lives writ large and he has carved a classic detective story - Frances Fyfield
The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today - Val McDermid
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