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The Royal Secret

#5 Marwood

Andrew Taylor

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01 July 2021
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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...
By:   Andrew Taylor
Imprint:   HARPER360
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 234mm,  Width: 153mm,  Spine: 36mm
Weight:   580g
ISBN:   9780008325572
ISBN 10:   000832557X
Series:   James Marwood & Cat Lovett
Pages:   480
Publication Date:   01 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Andrew Taylor is the author of a number of novels, including the Dougal and Lydmouth crime series, the historical thrillers Bleeding Heart Square and The Anatomy of Ghosts, the ground-breaking Roth Trilogy, which was adapted into the acclaimed drama Fallen Angel, and 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 twice) and the CWA's prestigious Diamond Dagger, awarded for sustained excellence in crime writing. He also writes for the Spectator. He lives with his wife Caroline in the Forest of Dean.

Reviews for The Royal Secret (#5 Marwood)

'A pleasure from start to finish' The Spectator '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


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