• Where Roses Fade

  • Lydmouth, Book 5
  • By: Andrew Taylor
  • Narrated by: Philip Franks
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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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 fifth instalment in the acclaimed Lydmouth series.

When Mattie Harris' body is found drowned in the river, everyone in Lydmouth knows something is wrong. Mattie wasn't a swimmer - it can't have been a simple accident. She was drunk on the last night of her life - could she have fallen in? Or was she pushed?

Mattie was a waitress, of no importance at all, so when Lydmouth's most prominent citizens become very anxious to establish that her death was accidental, Jill Francis' suspicions become roused. In the meantime she is becoming ever closer to Inspector Richard Thornhill and discovering that the living have as many secrets as the dead....

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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)

"There is no denying Taylor's talent, his prose exudes a quality uncommon among his contemporaries." (Time Out)

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  • Liz Brain
  • 08-17-22

Great reading

Outstanding performance of a gripping story. Love the characters and setting. A delightful and engrossing series

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  • crochetdiva
  • 03-04-22

Great listen!

This book got interesting from sentence one, and continued throughout. There was a lot of excitement, and the characters are believable. Brilliantly read by Philip Frank's.

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  • Mrs. V. Bradley
  • 07-23-21

Boring and repetitive in the extreme

This truly was an awful book. So repetitive and confusing. The performance was dire too. Normally we like Philip Franks, but not this time. If I hadn't got it for £3 I would have demanded my money back. Cannot recomment this at all.

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  • Wide Eyes, Big Ears!
  • 03-29-22

Riveting and compelling historical murder-mystery!

When the body of a good-natured young woman is found in the Lyd River, it seems that many men have a secret concerning her that they want to keep hidden. Reporter Jill Francis and Inspector Thornhill must sort the white lies from the black ones as he conducts a frustrating investigation with interference from the old boys club where everyone has a reputation to protect. As usual I found this riveting and compelling, but wished it was slightly less dour - there are so many lives of quiet desperation in the village of Lydmouth. There were so many moving parts to this, I enjoyed just being swept along by them all and awaiting the multiple final reveals. Audio narrator Philip Franks is such a quiet achiever, he effortlessly changes voices and accents without overly drawing attention to his considerable abilities.