I've been wanting to read this book for a long time. Andrew Taylor is one of my favourite authors of all time. He is a natural story teller who can create just the right atmosphere for the time and setting.
An Air That Kills is the first in the Lydmouth series. Unlike most other crime/mystery novels Lydmouth isn't the name of the detective, it is actually the name of the town the novels are set in. Lydmouth is a fictional town situated between England and Wales, during the 1950's. The backdrop is of a place trapped in time - half way between looking backwards and half way through looking forwards.
Taylor has an effortless ability to create believable and real characters that come to life amongst the pages.
An Air That Kills introduces the two key characters to this series. Inspector Richard Thornhill and Jill Francis, a reporter. Both are outsiders and both have to find their place within the closeted town of Lydmouth.
The bones of a baby are uncovered during building works undergoing at the old inn which opens up a whole can of worms for the residents of Lydmouth.
Under the surface of morality and respectability, dark secrets start to emerge.
Taylor is certainly one of the best, if lesser known authors out there within the crime and mystery genre.