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Writing the Great Fire: Andrew Taylor shares the origins of Ashes of London

Andrew Taylor has long been a familiar figure in the crime writing firmament and indeed continues to stand as the only author to twice-bag the Crime Writing Association's Historical Dagger. Even for Taylor’s experienced hand, Ashes of London, (our Thriller of the Month for January) represents something of a fresh benchmark: receiving critical adulation from the off, it seems fair to say that in its brilliantly-nuanced protagonist James Marwood, we’re witnessing the birth of who may prove to be one of the great enduring genre characters of the future, a ‘new Shardlake’ as The Times put it. For Waterstones, Andrew Taylor walks us through the inspiration for this fine slice of Restoration murder.

What to do now that Sherlock’s over for another fifteen years

Well, it’s over. Again. For what will probably feel like another eighteen years. Why do they keep on doing this to us? Three episodes and then nothing. We need more. More. We can never be satisfied. If only there were some sort of books about Sherlock which could keep you busy until the series returns? Or, if there aren’t any books about Sherlock Holmes, maybe there are similar books which can act as a brief fix to help us through these dark times? Ah, yes, hold on, found some…

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