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Summary

Winner of The HWA Gold Crown 2020.

From the number one best-selling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court comes the next audiobook 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 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.

©2019 Andrew Taylor (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

Critic reviews

"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

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A marvellous whodunnit.

This book gave me many hours of very pleasurable listening and I learned some new things about Restoration period history along the way too, which was a nice bonus.

James Marwood and Cat Lovett are great characters, believable sleuths and have an intriguing personal relationship. There is enough backstory given in the narrative to ensure that you can read the book as a standalone novel; I had read book 1 but not book 2 and had no difficulty in understanding the ins and outs of book 3.

A very enjoyable novel, narrated with great style. It left me wanting more, which is always a good sign, I think.

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Another excellent Marwood & Lovett story

Another excellent Marwood & Lovett story. Loved the intrigue & mystery of this historical novel, continuing the narrative from the previous book. It can work as a stand alone story though. James Marwood seems to be a pawn for everyone & Cat certainly lives up to her name. Looking forward to the next book to see what other dangers befall them.

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Decent historical crime fiction

Decent historical crime fiction but not as good as the other two books. The atmosphere and descriptions of London are very good but the story didn’t catch my attention in the same way as the others.

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More entertaining mix of history and mystery

I've followed the exploits of civil servant Marwood and his feisty friend Cat Lovett through three books and enjoyed them all. This book is set in the year after of the fire of London and restored Charles II has been on the throne for over 6 years. Aristocratic intrigues abound and Marwood gets drawn into trying to solve a murder that has ramifications for the King and his brother the Duke of York. It's an engaging and imaginative story full of the atmosphere of London in the Restoration period as the capital recovers from the devastation of the great fire.
Excellent narrator

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Good story, great narration

A masterpiece of narration by Pugh, bouyed along by a decent story, evoking a good sense of the times.

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The kings evil

It took a while to get into it but an interesting story. I'm looking forward to next book in series.

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More intrigue at court

Another wonderful book in this series by Andrew Taylor, I hope there will be more...

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The third book, good continuation of a story line in combination with a new mystery.

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Another absorbing yarn!

Andrew Taylor has a knack for appealing yet unfussy prose, clever and sensitive characterisation and most importantly the ability to weave a complex mystery into the fabric of London's history in the years immediately following the Great Fire. I have thoroughly enjoyed all three of these books. Beautifully read by Leighton Pugh. I'm sorry I've finished.

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Sublim

Must have read and listened to this series five times now. Beautifully written story, realistic and relatable characters, amazing reader and a story that keeps you on your toes even the fifth time you hear it.
Recommend to anyone how likes engaging crime and mystery stories set in historic times... or just anyone who likes a good story.