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'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph

From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and Fire of Court, this is the first instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series

Workmen in the small market town of Lydmouth are demolishing an old cottage. A sledgehammer smashes into what looks like a solid wall. Instead, layers of wallpaper conceal the door of a locked cupboard which holds a box - and in the box is the skeleton of a young baby.

Items within the box suggest that the baby was entombed early in the nineteenth century, but when another man is also found dead, the evidence suggests that the baby's death is more recent and that a killer is on the loose. For Journalist Jill Francis, newly arrived from London, this looks like her first story to chase ...

'The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today' Val McDermid

'Captures perfectly the drab atmosphere and cloying morality of the 1950s . . . Taylor is an excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling' The Times

'There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries' Time Out

'Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller' Daily Telegraph

Crime & Thrillers
September 13
Hodder & Stoughton

Customer Reviews

wildcatjames ,

Welcome to Lydmouth

A great start to the Lydmouth series of books, and I'll certainly be reading more of them.

Carole twill ,

Air that kills

Not very exciting. I was hoping for a twist at the end but nothing like unfortunately. Too predictable.

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