The King’s Evil
Winner of The HWA Gold Crown 2020
From the No.1 bestselling author of The Ashes of London and The Fire Court comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood at the time of King Charles II.
A royal scandal…
In the Court of Charles II, it’s a dangerous time to be alive – a wrong move may lead to disgrace, exile or death. The discovery of a body at the home of one of the highest courtiers in the land could therefore have catastrophic consequences.
A shocking murder…
James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the killing. But the dead man is known to Marwood – as is the most likely culprit, Cat Lovett.
The stakes have never been higher…
Marwood is sure Cat is innocent so determines to discover the true murderer. But time is running out. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten the King himself…
Praise for Andrew Taylor
‘One of the best historical crime writers today’ The Times
‘If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you’ll love Andrew Taylor’ Peter James
‘Effortlessly authentic…gripping…moving and believable. An excellent work’ C. J. Sansom
‘This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best’ Guardian
‘One of the best historical novelists around’ Sunday Times
‘A breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era’ Financial Times
‘A masterclass in writing for the genre’ Ann Cleeves
‘Andrew Taylor is one of our finest storytellers’ Antonia Hodgson
‘Vivid and compelling’ Observer
‘A novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom’ Spectator
‘Taylor brings the 17th century to life so vividly that one can almost smell it’ Guardian
‘A most artful and delightful book, that will both amuse and chill’ Daily Telegraph
'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, bestselling author of the Shetland and Vera Stanhope series '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' Sunday Times '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 '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' 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' Financial Times Praise for Andrew Taylor: 'If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you'll love Andrew Taylor' Peter James 'Effortlessly authentic ... gripping ... moving and believable. An excellent work' C. J. Sansom
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