This hugely entertaining, wonderfully readable and intelligent historical crime mystery novel is the third in a must-read series.
The James Marwood and Cat Lovett series is on my must-read list. If this series is new to you, do start with the truly fabulous The Ashes of London, I have thoroughly enjoyed all three so far, and each new book adds further flavour and intrigue. A body is found at the home of a courtier for Charles II and James is sent to quietly investigate. He knows the dead man, and he also knows who wished him dead… Cat Lovett. The two storylines for James and Cat up to now could almost be made into separate books, each independently as strong as the other. Here, James takes a larger portion of the spotlight, however Cat most definitely remains a focus of the story, and is never too far away. As usual Andrew Taylor lays a veritable reading feast before your eyes, the descriptive and historical treats ensured the words travelled straight from the page into my minds eye. The King’s Evil is a hugely entertaining, wonderfully readable and intelligent historical crime mystery novel, I simply can’t wait for the next in the series, The Last Protector.
From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood.
A royal scandal that could change the face of England forever…
London 1667. In the Court of Charles II, it’s a dangerous time to be alive – a wrong move may lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a body at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could therefore have catastrophic consequences.
James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But the dead man is Edward Alderley, the cousin of one of Marwood’s acquaintances. Cat Lovett had every reason to want her cousin dead. Since his murder, she has vanished, and all the evidence points to her as the killer.
Marwood is determined to clear Cat’s name and discover who really killed Alderley. But time is running out for everyone. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten not only the government but the King himself…
|Publication date:||6th February 2020|
|Publisher:||HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 07/11/2021
'I loved this! It's a treat to read a book that is so immersive, that pulls the reader into an entirely different world...This is a complex story told with clarity - a masterclass in writing for the genre' Ann Cleeves, bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series
'The King's Evil is an absolute treat from start to finish - a hugely engaging, atmospheric historical thriller with not one but two smart and lovable protagonists. Andrew Taylor is one of our finest storytellers' Antonia Hodgson
'Taylor, one of the best historical crime writers today, is on great form with this novel. The plot weaves in and out of Restoration politics with seamless grace' The Times
'Few historical novelists write with more authority and a greater sense of authenticity than Andrew Taylor' Sunday Times
'This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best' Guardian
'Another fine outing from one of the best historical novelists around' Sunday Times
'Taylor has a rare knack for conjuring up an authentic historical atmosphere, and his description of a teeming, uncertain London in a state of flux is vivid and compelling' Observer
'A novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom' Spectator
'Another rich, sumptuous glory of a novel: perfectly plotted, perfectly peopled, perfectly thrilling and with enough twists to keep a maze-maker happy...I love all of Andrew Taylor's writing and this is a novelist of consummate skill at the absolute peak of his power' Manda Scott
'Glorious' Sunday Express
Praise for Andrew Taylor:
'If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you'll love Andrew Taylor' Peter James
'Effortlessly authentic ... gripping ... moving and believable. An excellent work' C. J. Sansom
'Taylor has long been the pre-eminent chronicler of beautifully atmospheric historical crime' The Times
'A breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era' Financial Times
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