Honoring Andrew Taylor

January 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm (books, Mystery fiction)

Andrew Taylor has been selected to receive the 2009 Cartier Diamond Dagger, an award bestowed by the Crime Writers Assocation of Great Britain. Among the previous winners of this prestigious accolade are Sue Grafton, Lawrence Block, Colin Dexter, Ed McBain, Reginald Hill, Ruth Rendell, Dick Francis, and P.D. James.

Hearing Andrew Taylor speak was one of the highlights of our 2006 Smithsonian Mystery Tour. Afterward, he had lunch with us and graciously spoke with us individually as he signed books.

Andrew Taylor sitting next to one of our fabulous tour guides, Ros Hutchinson

Andrew Taylor sitting next to one of our superb tour guides, Rosalind Hutchinson

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Andrew Taylor, on the subject of writing crime fiction

Andrew Taylor listening patiently as I express my frustration about the unavailability of his earlier novels in the U.S.

Andrew Taylor listening patiently as I express my frustration over the unavailability of his earlier novels in the U.S.

speech_house_hotel The venue was Speech House in the Royal Forest of Dean, where Taylor and his family reside. (I just love the way these places are positively soggy with history!)

unpardonable air I’ve read two novels by Andrew Taylor: An Unpardonable Crime (published as The American Boy in the UK), a sprawling historical standalone in which Edgar Allan Poe plays a a supporting but crucial role, and An Air That Kills, the first in the (so far) eight volume Lydmouth series. I enjoyed both very much, especially the latter. Taylor’s Roth Trilogy has been filmed for television under the title Fallen Angel. Here, he writes at length (and with gentle humor) about what that process was like.

Martin Edwards gives Fallen Angel high marks on his blog Do You Write Under Your Own Name. I am hopeful that this film will be shown here in the not-too-distant future. For one thing, it stars one of my favorite actors, Charles Dance.

dancenew If you haven’t seen Dance as Tulkinghorn in the superb Bleak House – well, drop everything and get those DVD’s! (They are owned by the Howard County Library.)

Andrew Taylor’s latest novel, Bleeding Heart Square, is due out here in March. Here’s a promotional video:

1 Comment

  1. Andrew Taylor said,

    Thanks! I could have put it better myself. Hope to see you again on this side of the Atlantic.

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