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Summary

From the number-one best-selling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, this is the second instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series

When a spinster of the parish is found bludgeoned to death in St John's, and the church's most valuable possession, the Lydmouth chalice, is missing, the finger of suspicion points at the new vicar, who is already beset with problems.

The glare of the police investigation reveals shabby secrets and private griefs. Jill Francis, struggling to find her feet in her new life, stumbles into the case at the beginning. But even a journalist cannot always watch from the sidelines. Soon she is inextricably involved in the Suttons' affairs. Despite the electric antagonism between her and Inspector Richard Thornhill, she has instincts that she can't ignore.

©2012 Andrew Taylor (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Critic reviews

"Andrew Taylor is a master story-teller." (Daily Telegraph)  

"An excellent writer. He plots with care and intelligence and the solution to the mystery is satisfyingly chilling." (The Times)

"The most under-rated crime writer in Britain today" (Val McDermid) 

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Disappointingly Woeful!

After finding the first book so poor, I bought this one to see if it was possible for it to be as bad - it’s equally brutal!

This is a prime example of an author living off his reputation - in fact, these books are bordering on ‘fraudulent’.

There is nothing in them of note! The characters are ‘dead’ - not just the corpses! There is no depth, no sensation of the time. It could have taken place last week and probably may have been an average short story.

Narration adds nothing as it is just ‘there’!

Avoid at all costs.

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enjoyable

this is my second listen in the series I am enjoying them very much I do get confused with the names of the characters but love the Twist that the story always has

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A Gentle who dunnit

The pace and time of this story is quite relaxed and set in the late 40's in a much gentler world when men were gentlemen and ladies were ladies. Good storytelling from the master, Andrew Taylor and well read by Philip Franks. A very pleasant listen in the Lydmouth Crime Series. what happens next?