The Ashes of London
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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. ~ Liz Robinson
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The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor
From the No.1 bestselling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London. The first of an exciting new series of novels. A CITY IN FLAMES London, 1666. As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul's Cathedral - stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back. A WOMAN ON THE RUN The son of a traitor, James Marwood is forced to hunt the killer through the city's devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom. A KILLER SEEKING REVENGE When a second murder victim is discovered in the Fleet Ditch, Marwood is drawn into the political and religious intrigue of Westminster - and across the path of a killer with nothing to lose...
'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'
About the Author
Publication date26th January 2017
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PublisherHarper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
CategoriesCrime & mystery
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