Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Death's Own Door


When a widower with a distinguished war record is found dead in his summerhouse with a bottle of whisky beside him, the verdict is suicide.

The widower's death touches many lives. Thornhill's investigation leads to a moderately famous artist and his wife. To Thornhill's former boss, now retired and loathing it. To a charwoman and an army officer. To a councillor with more pies than fingers to put in them. To a dilettante magazine proprietor. To an unmarried mother who lost her virtue and her baby when Victoria was on the throne.

Worst of all, to Thornhill's growing horror, the investigation leads to his wife, Edith, and to another death during a highly-charged summer before the war. It also leads to Jill Francis and a very different set of problems.

And a third death is yet to come.

"Andrew Taylor is one of the most interesting, if not the most interesting novelist writing on crime in England today. Like Ruth Rendell he produces particularly good, emotionally complex psychological novels and rather better straight detective novels than she does in her Wexford series." Harriet Waugh, The Spectator

"It's an example of Taylor's special qualities, which can make a relatively gentle story about ordinary people into such an absorbing read." Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph

"Taylor's Lydmouth series is turning the classical detective story into a complex picture of our own past." Jane Jakeman, The Independent

"Andrew Taylor eschews melodrama, yet his stories whip along with a mesmeric delicacy. He is a master practicioner of the gentle art of murder" - Russell James, Shots

"page-turningly complicated" - Oxford Times