The Mortal Sickness Paperback
Part of the The Lydmouth Crime Series 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 ...
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 352 pages, n/a
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date: 18/04/1996
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780340617144
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Review by bhowell
This is an early work of Andrew Taylor, published in 1995 and following his first book in the Lydmouth series, "An Air that Kills". It is a classic English mystery taking place in the myopic 1950's. A spinster is found bludgeoned to death in St John's Church and a precious chalice disappears. Jill Francis is a young reporter in Lydmounth who is drawn into the events. Suspicion falls on the local vicar but who is writing threatening letters to him and to other villagers with unpleasant secrets?It is an excellent escapist read and highly recommended as are all of Mr Taylor's books. Check out his more recent book, "The American Boy" which is a sophisticated histoical mystery and was quite popular in North America as well as Britain.