The Royal Secret
From the No.1 bestselling author of The Last Protector and The Ashes of London comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett during the time of King Charles II.
Two young girls plot a murder by witchcraft. Soon afterwards a government clerk dies painfully in mysterious circumstances. His colleague James Marwood is asked to investigate – but the task brings unexpected dangers.
Meanwhile, architect Cat Hakesby is working for a merchant who lives on Slaughter Street, where the air smells of blood and a captive Barbary lion prowls the stables. Then a prestigious new commission arrives. Cat must design a Poultry House for the woman that the King loves most in all the world.
Unbeknownst to all, at the heart of this lies a royal secret so explosive that it could not only rip apart England but change the entire face of Europe…
'Beautifully crafted story' Mystery and Suspense Praise for The Last Protector: 'Confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers' The Sunday Times 'There is colour, violence, devotion, courage and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?' Literary Review 'Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.' The Times 'A teeming London (in the process of reconstruction after the Great Fire), political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings - all are grist to Taylor's imaginative mill' The Financial Times 'A brilliant historical novel about Cromwell... Riveting' Evening Standard 'Superb... Cat, especially, remains one of the most compelling, multifaceted characters in contemporary historical fiction'. Observer 'Taylor's fourth Marwood tale is gripping and rich in detail - 4.5 stars' The Sun 'Boasting political intrigue and evocative period atmosphere, The Last Protector is crime writing at its most elegant and assured' Waterstones blog "[G]reat fun and perfect summer getaway reading"! Globe and Mail
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