Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

Naked to the Hangman



"Taylor is top of the crime writing tree." Publishing News

As a young police officer in Palestine during the closing months of the Mandate - the cradle of Middle Eastern terrorism - Richard Thornhill saw and did things which still haunt his dreams and make him fear for his sanity. Is he himself a killer? Now, when a retired police officer is found dead in the ruins of Lydmouth Castle, the past has come back to claim Detective Inspector Thornhill, and he is under suspicion of another murder.

His wife Edith and former lover Jill Francis join forces in an uneasy alliance to try to help him. But there are many complications - scandalous allegations have been made about Miss Awre's School of Dancing; the Ruispidge Charity's annual dance for young people is under threat; teenagers haunt the newly opened Italian coffee bar and yearn for fumbled intimacies in the sheltering darkness of the Rex Cinema; an Oxford don is looking for love; the Angel of Death wears khaki shorts and drives a Ford van.

And the Spring floods are rising higher than they have in living memory, drowning a multitude of secrets . . .

"A brilliant take on the classic golden-age mystery... a gripping and intelligent novel; highly recommended." Jessica Mann, Literary Review

"A Richard and Judy plug is giving Taylor recognition that's overdue. His latest Lydmouth book is enthralling." Peter Guttridge, Observer

"Taylor never disappoints, and Naked to the Hangman is no exception." Harriet Waugh, Spectator

"I'm a fan of Andrew Taylor, who continues to evoke provincial England brilliantly in ...Naked To The Hangman" Joan Smith, Sunday Times

"Andrew Taylor's Lydmouth Series becomes more impressive with every book.... a very accomplished novel." Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph

"Andrew Taylor never fails to charm and delight readers.... Naked to the Hangman, the latest and best of the Richard Thornhill series" Margaret Cannon, Toronto Globe and Mail

"Complex and absorbing." Woman and Home

"you have to keep your wits about you... this murder tale is anything but formulaic." Mirror

"Another novel in his popular, atmospheric Lydmouth series." Daily Mail

"Engaging and atmospheric... reinforcing [Taylor's] reputation as one of the best crime writers of his generation." Clare Littleford, Yorkshire Post

"even stronger than its predecessor... A considerable achievement." Martin Edwards, Tangled Web.