Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Call the Dying


"This is top of the class... stunning" Publishing News

Love and need make unexpected bedfellows, and both are blind.

As the grip of a long hard winter tightens on Lydmouth, a dead voice calls the dying in a séance behind net curtains. Two provincial newspapers are in the throes of a bitter circulation war. A doctor finds his Nemesis and an office boy loses his heart.

In Lydmouth, it is the year when the fog is particularly bad - and when the rats are fed on bread and milk, a gentleman's yellow kid glove is mislaid, and something disgusting is happening at Mr Prout's toyshop.

It's also the year when Jill Francis returns to Lydmouth as editor of the Gazette. There's no pleasure left in the life of Detective Chief Inspector Richard Thornhill. Only a corpse, a television set and the promise of trouble to come.

"perfectly evokes that innocent world of the 1950s.... The book is wonderfully redolent of that era except that it has psychological depth instead of Christie-type cliches.... [Taylor's] subtle exploration of provincial society, with its gruesome underbelly, makes this a powerful extension to the series." Jane Jakeman, The Independent

" recreates the English detective novel in what is perhaps its heyday, but with subtle additions... frustrated lives and hidden sexuality played out against the back ground of the moral mores of the era... Andrew Taylor is one of the most versatile of crime writers." Harriet Waugh, The Spectator

"crime at its best - perfect for a cold winter night in front of a roaring fire." Joan Smith, Sunday Times

"Andrew Taylor's splendid Lydmouth series takes a new turn in Call The Dying... a more substantial addition to the series that previous books, with a maturity and depth of character and plot which make a very satisfying read." Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph

"Call The Dying is expert, ingenious and absorbing." Philip Oakes, Literary Review

"...an impressive mystery novel. Fans of Andrew Taylor will welcome the return of this outstanding series and its much-loved characters. ...captivating and fascinating... Andrew Taylor is sublime in the way he tells a story and draws the reader into the complex and often disturbing lives of his characters. Ayo Onatade, Shots

"...has borne comparisons with such disparate entities as Twin Peaks and the works of P D James... artfully shocking, jarring the reader from the complacency of their 50s mood, so skilfully created by Taylor. Another good book in an acclaimed series." Ian Morson, Tangled Web