Call the Dying

Call the Dying

Book - 2004
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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.

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 time with Dr Connolly. Nevertheless, despite himself, Thornhill is still in love with her.

Publisher: London : Hodder & Stoughton, c2004.
ISBN: 9780340825709
Characteristics: 436 p. ;,24 cm.


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Aug 13, 2014

This murder mystery is set in the small town of Lydmouth in the year 1955. Detective Inspector Richard Thornhill must find the killer of the town's retired doctor, find a missing television engineer, determine who is urinating in the letterboxes of parishioners, and find the person responsible for attacks on a local struggling newspaper business. There is also a number of interesting relationship issues happening in the story's background.

The author, Andrew Taylor, is the winner of three Crime Writer's Association Awards and I can see why. The action is fast, the setting and storyline believable, the characters are extremely well portrayed, and there is a lot of humour to enjoy. I especially loved some of his analogies. When the female newspaper editor is accosted by the womanizing, handsome Dr. Roger Leddon, Taylor writes "...she felt him nuzzling her forehead. He reminded her of a greedy horse in search of sugar lumps." And, later when the doctor made a face, Taylor writes "He screwed up his face until he looked like an exceptionally handsome monkey."

I will definitely look for more from Andrew Taylor.

Jul 27, 2011

Andrew Taylor writes great classic detective stoires and this one is no exception. I find them very atmospheric and detective Richard Thornhill is a great character.

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