The King's Evil - James Marwood & Cat Lovett Book 3 (Paperback)Andrew Taylor (author)
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The author of the bestselling The Ashes of London and The Fire Court, Andrew Taylor returns with another outing of James Marwood, the son of a traitor, in Restoration London. Marwood faces his most towering challenge yet, as murder and scandal taint the royal court of Charles II. Atmospheric, complex and riveting, The King’s Evil is historical suspense at its finest.
Longlisted for the CWA Ian Fleming Steel and CWA Sapere Historical Daggers 2020
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 could lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a murder at Clarendon House, the palatial home of one of the highest courtiers in the land, could 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...
Read more about the background and history that lies behind the bestselling James Marwood novels as Andrew Taylor gives an insight into the research that influenced The Ashes of London.
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Number of pages: 480
Weight: 330 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 30 mm
'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
'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' - The Sunday Times
'This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best' - The Guardian
'Another fine outing from one of the best historical novelists around' - The 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' - The 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' - The Sunday Express
'Taylor's mantelpiece already groans under awards for his nonpareil historical crime novels, and this latest is as striking as anything he has written' - The Financial Times
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