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The King’s Evil by Andrew Taylor

The King's Evil

Andrew Taylor

4.25 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 18 Mar 2019
ISBN: 9780008119188

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.

4 stars out of 5
Brian Martin
11 May 2019

"a novel filled with intrigue"

The King’s Evil is the third in Taylor’s trilogy about the Great Fire of London, but stands in its own right... The plot moves at pace; Taylor shifts voice adeptly between Marwood’s and third-person narration, and chapters end with cliff-hangers or enticingly unanswered questions: ‘Or did he have some other, deeper motive?’, ‘What in God’s name was she doing in this?’ It’s a novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom.


5 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
26 Apr 2019

"historical crime fiction at its dazzling best"

the third novel in Andrew Taylor’s superbly realised series set in 17th-century London and featuring government investigator James Marwood and his friend Cat Lovett, who is still distrusted because her father was one of those responsible for the execution of Charles I...

With plenty of intrigue and action, and a splendid portrait of Restoration society from the pomp of its royal court to the squalid camps of those left homeless after the great fire, this is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best.

4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
2 Apr 2019

"one of the best historical crime writers today"

The King’s Evil by Andrew Taylor is the third outing for the Restoration sleuth James Marwood. A body is found in the well at the house of the Earl of Clarendon, a courtier close to Charles II. The victim is Edward Alderley, a cousin of Marwood’s friend and sparring partner Cat Lovett. Cat is suspected of the murder and Marwood has the difficult task of protecting his friend and serving his master, the king. Meanwhile, Marwood becomes reentangled with the mysterious and beautiful Lady Quincy, Cat’s erstwhile stepmother. He has to accompany her to Cambridge, to recover a girl from her foster parents. Marwood begins to suspect that the mystery of the girl’s parentage could be connected to the murder. Who is she and why are the kingdom’s most powerful men interested in her? 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. 

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
24 Mar 2019

"Few historical novelists write with more authority and a greater sense of authenticity than Andrew Taylor"

Few historical novelists write with more authority and a greater sense of authenticity than Andrew Taylor. His latest... is the third to feature James Marwood, a government investigator in Restoration London. In 1667, a year after the Great Fire, much of the city is in ruins, but Clarendon House in Piccadilly, the palatial home of one of Charles II’s former favourites, still stands. When the body of a murdered man is found there, Marwood is dispatched... As Taylor’s cleverly orchestrated narrative unfolds, his flawed hero is driven further into a morass of courtly intrigue and royal secrets.