The Royal Secret

by Andrew Taylor

Part of the James Marwood & Cat Lovett Series

Historical fiction Crime and Mystery

LoveReading Expert Review of The Royal Secret

A cleverly constructed historical crime novel set in 1670 when a royal plot takes centre stage.

A fabulously pacy, clever, and entertaining historical crime novel packed full of plots and skulduggery. James is asked to investigate a suspicious death while architect Cat finds herself in the middle of a royal secret. This is the fifth book in the highly recommended James Marwood and Cat Lovett series which began so explosively with The Ashes of London. It is such a brilliant set of books that I recommend starting at the beginning even though this could easily be read as a standalone. The intimacy of the story between Cat and James slips so easily into the history and intrigue of King Charles II. I always enjoy following the two stories of the main characters as they gradually merge together. In the third book James held the stage, here Cat takes more of a turn in the spotlight. The sense of time and place just sings, I didn’t question my surroundings, I was there. Andrew Taylor skilfully constructs a number of plot lines which he spins and twists together, the historical note at the end cements this fascinating story in place. The Royal Secret confirms this series as a must-read for any fans of historical crime fiction.

Liz Robinson

The Royal Secret Synopsis

From the No.1 bestselling author of The Last Protector and The Ashes of London comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett during the time of King Charles II.

Two young girls plot a murder by witchcraft. Soon afterwards a government clerk dies painfully in mysterious circumstances. His colleague James Marwood is asked to investigate - but the task brings unexpected dangers.

Meanwhile, architect Cat Hakesby is working for a merchant who lives on Slaughter Street, where the air smells of blood and a captive Barbary lion prowls the stables. Then a prestigious new commission arrives. Cat must design a Poultry House for the woman that the King loves most in all the world.

Unbeknownst to all, at the heart of this lies a royal secret so explosive that it could not only rip apart England but change the entire face of Europe...

About This Edition

ISBN: 9780008325565
Publication date: 29th April 2021
Author: Andrew Taylor
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 480 pages
Collections: 2021 Preview - Exciting New Books on the Horizon,
Primary Genre Historical fiction
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Andrew Taylor Press Reviews

Praise for The Last Protector:

'Confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers' The Sunday Times

'There is colour, violence, devotion, courage and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?' Literary Review

'Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.' The Times

'A teeming London (in the process of reconstruction after the Great Fire), political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings - all are grist to Taylor's imaginative mill' The Financial Times

'A brilliant historical novel about Cromwell... Riveting' Evening Standard

'Superb... Cat, especially, remains one of the most compelling, multifaceted characters in contemporary historical fiction'. Observer

'Taylor's fourth Marwood tale is gripping and rich in detail - 4.5 stars' The Sun

'Boasting political intrigue and evocative period atmosphere, The Last Protector is crime writing at its most elegant and assured' Waterstones blog

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Publication date: 17/02/2022
Format: Paperback

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Format: Hardback

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About Andrew Taylor

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 ...

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