Andrew Taylor is the multiple award winning author of The American Boy, his No. 1 bestselling historical novel which was a 2005 Richard & Judy Book Club choice. He has won many awards, including the CWA John Creasey New Blood Dagger, an Edgar Scroll from the Mystery Writers of America, the CWA Ellis Peters Historical Award (the only author to win it three times) and the CWA’s prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing.
Ashes of London
London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul’s is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins.
In the chaos of the fire, James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer and a reluctant government informer, encounters a mysterious young woman, desperately seeking her father. Little does he know, the woman is Catherine Lovett, daughter of Regicide Thomas Lovett.
In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul’s, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man’s body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back.
Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. Suspecting that Thomas Lovett is at the heart of the murders, Marwood sets off to track down Catherine, knowing that she will lead him to her father.
But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters, and the hands of a power higher than he could have possibly imagined.