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An enthralling and wonderful historical thriller, where the story absolutely thrives in the midst of one of the most famous times in British history. The first chapter not only blasts you immediately into the roaring flames of the Great Fire of London in 1666, it also firmly knocks at the door of intrigue. James Marwood is set the task of hunting down a killer, while Cat is set on a deadly game of revenge. I rubbed my hands with glee and settled in for a thunderingly good read. Andrew Taylor paints a vivid and terrifying scene, I stood in the crowd and witnessed St Paul’s writhing in the flames, he also handles the suspense with a masterly hand. James and Cat’s tales run arm in arm, the storylines tease each other, linked and yet each standing vibrantly strong. I savoured every moment of this readable and fascinating story, ‘Ashes of London’ is a simply fabulous read.
Books in The James Marwood & Cat Lovett Series:
1. The Ashes of London
The first book in the No. 1 Times bestselling series 'This is terrific stuff' Daily Telegraph 'A breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era' Financial Times 'A masterclass in how to weave a well-researched history into a complex plot' The Times A city destroyed. A killer exposed. London,1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul's is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a traitor, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, the body of a man is discovered in the ashes of St.Paul's. But he is not a victim of the blaze- there is a stab wound to his neck and his thumbs have been tied behind his back. Acting on orders, Marwood hunts the killer though London's devastated streets- where before too long a second murder is uncovered. At a time of dangerous internal dissent, Marwood's investigation will lead him into treacherous waters- and across the path of a determined and vengeful young woman.
|Publication date:||29th September 2021|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Collections:||80 Book Series and Trilogies to Fall in Love With ,|
|Primary Genre||Historical fiction|
Closing date: 30/06/2021
'The Ashes of London presents a breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era ... the multiple narrative strands are drawn together in a brilliantly orchestrated finale'
'In this elegant, engrossing novel set during an extraordinary period, Taylor skilfully presents a London in which so many must still pay the price for the Civil War and the murder of King Charles I'
'One of the most reliably enjoyable of historical novelists ... Taylor demonstrates his usual command of plot and historical background'
The Sunday Times
'A complex weave of history and mystery and the first of a new series from Andrew Taylor'
'The author conveys the confusion and uncertainty of the times in a pacy story of Charles II's desire for vengeance, the struggle to rebuild a stricken city and the hunt for a murderer'
'This is terrific stuff: intelligent, engrossing and, in its evocation of a long-vanished London, wonderfully plausible'
Toby Clements, Daily Telegraph
'The Ashes of London weaves a pacy story from the framework of true events. A new Shardlake may rise from the ashes'
'Andrew Taylor provides a masterclass in how to weave a well-researched history into a complex plot'
The Times, Books of the Year
'Thrilling... Gripping, fast-moving and credible... It's a well-constructed political thriller with moments of horror, admirable and enjoyable. Taylor has done his research so thoroughly as to be unobtrusive'
'Finely wrought and solidly researched... The novel's plot is fiendishly complex'
Andrew Taylor has been a full-time writer since 1981, and has written over twenty books. He has been described by The Times as 'One of Britain's best writers of psychological suspense.'Having decided to become a writer at the age of ten, he claims that it was his newly recognised facility for writing stories, teamed with the idea that a writer's life consisted of not wearing a tie to work, that first attracted him to the career. More recently however he has suggested that 'one of the attractions of writing fiction is that it allows you to create your own little ...More About Andrew Taylor