• An Air That Kills

  • Lydmouth, Book 1
  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 54 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (48 ratings)

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An Air That Kills

By: Andrew Taylor
Narrated by: Philip Franks
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Publisher's Summary

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

Workmen in the small market town of Lydmouth are demolishing an old cottage. A sledgehammer smashes into what looks like a solid wall. Instead, layers of wallpaper conceal the door of a locked cupboard which holds a box - and in the box is the skeleton of a young baby. 

Items within the box suggest that the baby was entombed early in the 19th century, but when another man is also found dead, the evidence suggests that the baby's death is more recent and that a killer is on the loose. For journalist Jill Francis, newly arrived from London, this looks like her first story to chase....

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A good start to a new series from Andrew Taylor an

A good start to a new series from Andrew Taylor and well narrated by Philip Franks. A married Police Inspector and a female journalist both move to Lydmouth and cross paths during a murder investigation. This book was entertaining, well paced, nicely written, easy to listen to and kept me interested to the end. It is refreshing to find a writer who does not rely on bad language, blood and gore or James Bond gadgetry. I put it in the top tier of my library and look forward to more from this author.

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A Delicious New Series To Sink Your Teeth Into.!!

A great new series,.. with an old friend ....the narrator of many wonderful N. Marsh “who dunnits “..
Welcome back..!!

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Everybody in this book is depressed

after five chapters I skipped to the next to last chapter so that I could finish this book and maybe find out Whodunnit. everybody was so unhappy with themselves and everybody else and grumpy that I couldn't take anymore.

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  • mollyeyre
  • 03-30-20

Such a disappointment! Life is too short !

My goodness, I really enjoyed the Ashes of London series and was looking forward to trying this series!!! Dear God! I am half way through the first book, and it is tortuous trying to listen and work out what the heck is going on!

SOOOOOOO dreadfully long and drawn out, the characters are absolutely obnoxious and I really couldn't give a toss about any of them. People aren't automatically aggressive and rude, and I find it so boring if I cannot have sympathy with the characters.

Well I've wasted about 5 hours so far, and really have little idea of what is going on! I am throwing in the towel! .... as I don't really care anyway!

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  • MR S PAGE
  • 07-21-20

Not what I expected

Struggled with this one, largely as not one of the characters are likeable or sympathetic

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  • Joanne Millward
  • 02-14-20

Murder mystery at its best

What a super listen! Gripping and paced yet calming and measured. Wonderful narrator could listen to him all day. Downloading book 2 in the series immediately

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  • Laura
  • 12-17-21

Excellent!

Haunting, so atmospheric. The huge class differences of the 1950’s are so eloquently explored in this melancholic story. I could smell the poverty, feel the damp and depressing November days and taste the bread and dripping, cold from the larder. It’s not a satisfying tale but incredibly moving.

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  • Jonathan M
  • 09-06-20

A really good book

So nice to read something slightly different.

A good mystery set in the 1950’s. Perhaps an inevitable ending but so what?

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  • RichardG
  • 12-08-21

poor

poor story, rather stupid. weak. little interest. suggest read other story lines. not this series

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  • Stephen G Armstrong
  • 09-23-21

Gentle but clever

Narration is as good as it gets which makes the story so enjoyable and gripping. Characters live in the words and each helps the story along. You might have met these people and you understand the plot as they develop it.
A perfect audiobook.

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  • R
  • 09-09-21

Okay

Not bad, quite enjoyable but was hoping for more of the horror/thriller vibes that the cover suggested. Turns out to be a fairly straight forward detective story.

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  • KPMG
  • 09-03-20

Almost Pointless From Beginning To End

As a fan of the author, I found this book a monotonous 'slog'.

Narration is somewhere between okay and poor.

Wooden characters. Just very poor, all round!

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  • BaxReview
  • 09-18-21

Very quiet

I enjoyed the story, but the recording was so very quiet. no matter what device I used I needed to max out the volume and even then there were parts I couldn't hear well.