Roth

4 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 61 ratings

The Four Last Things Summary

Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy was recently made in to a three-part TV adaptation for ITV called Fallen Angel, starring Emilia Fox and Charles Dance.

The structure of the Roth Trilogy is unusual in that it is composed of interlocking stories but each novel is self-contained and may be read independently of the others. The first novel, The Four Last Things, is set in the 1990s. The second, The Judgement Of Strangers, moves back to 1970, and the third, The Office Of The Dead, to 1958.

Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child had disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts...until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?

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  • Book 1

    • The Four Last Things

    • By: Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 11 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy was recently made in to a three-part TV adaptation for ITV called Fallen Angel.
    Little Lucy Appleyard is snatched from her child minder's on a cold winter afternoon, and the nightmare begins. It is as if the child had disappeared into a black hole with no clues to her whereabouts...until the first grisly discovery in a London graveyard. More such finds are to follow, all at religious sites. In a city haunted by religion, what do these offerings signify?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thrilling conclusion to trilogy

    • By Kirstine on 30-08-08

    Regular price: £18.79

  • Book 2

    • The Judgement of Strangers

    • By: Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 1
    • Story
      3 out of 5 stars 1

    Andrew Taylor's Roth Trilogy has just been made in to a three-part TV adaptation for ITV called Fallen Angel.
    It is 1970. David Byfield, a widowed parish priest with a dark past, brings home a new wife to Roth. Soon the murders and blasphemies begin. But does the responsibility lie in the present or the past? And can Byfield, a prisoner of his own passion, break through to the truth before the final tragedy destroys what he most cherishes?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Compelling story

    • By Kirstine on 16-08-08

    Regular price: £18.79

    • The Judgement of Strangers

    • By: Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated by: Ric Jerrom
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    The second novel in the Roth trilogy is the story of David Byfield, a widowed parish priest with a dark past and a darker future. Set in 1970 in a commuter village near London, the novel explores the consequences of Byfield's second marriage.

    Regular price: £19.69

  • Book 3

    • Office of the Dead

    • By: Andrew Taylor
    • Narrated by: June Barrie
    • Length: 11 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    Living in the British city of Rosington of the 1950s, Wendy finds herself penniless, jobless, and on the verge of divorce. She goes to stay with her friend, who seems to have everything Wendy lacks. But a decades-old mystery lingers, and the shadow of death seeps through from turn-of-the-century Rosington, portending tragedy.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Slowly a mystery emerges

    • By Kirstine on 11-08-08

    Regular price: £20.99