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The Last Protector Reviews

The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor

The Last Protector

(James Marwood & Cat Lovett, Book 4)

Andrew Taylor

3.82 out of 5

5 reviews

Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 23 Mar 2020
ISBN: 9780008325510

From the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ashes of London comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett.

4 stars out of 5
Alexander Larman
17 May 2020

"Taylor brings the period to life with lavish brio, along with a satisfyingly baroque storyline"

The fourth instalment in Andrew Taylor’s consistently superb series of Restoration-set mystery novels continues the exploits of his protagonists, spy James Marwood and his dauntless friend, Cat Lovett. This time round, they are faced with the surreptitious return of Oliver Cromwell’s exiled son Richard to London, and have to ascertain whether his motives are merely homesickness or something more seditious. Cat, especially, remains one of the most compelling, multifaceted characters in contemporary historical fiction...


3 stars out of 5
Barry Forshaw
1 May 2020

"political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings — all are grist to Taylor’s imaginative mill."

Oliver Cromwell’s son Richard has made his way back to England in disguise, and Marwood, along with his friend Cat Lovett (less in evidence here than usual), is soon involved in dangerous machinations. 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.

4 stars out of 5
Laura Wilson
24 Apr 2020

"well up to Taylor’s usual high standard"

The year is 1668: Charles II is on the throne and Richard Cromwell, son of Oliver, is supposedly in exile. However, in the eight years since the Restoration the king’s popularity has begun to wane and, amid growing unease about both his extravagance and the licentiousness of his court, nostalgia for the protectorate is taking hold...

With expert storytelling, memorable characters, emotional depth and some nice touches of humour, this is well up to Taylor’s usual high standard.

4 stars out of 5
Antonia Senior
7 Apr 2020

"a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery"

Cat Lovett, the regicide’s daughter who has starred in the previous books in the series, is living with her increasingly irascible husband, the ageing architect Hakesby. She is accosted in the street by a friend from her childhood — Elizabeth Cromwell, daughter of Richard. Cat discovers from her that Cromwell has made it back to England; they want her help in tracking down family heirlooms hidden in their former family home, the Palace of Whitehall. It would be treasonous to help.

4 stars out of 5
Nick Rennison
29 Mar 2020

" Taylor confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers"

The Last Protector (HarperCollins £14.99) is the fourth in Andrew Taylor’s series featuring James Marwood, a government agent in Restoration England, and his friend Cat Lovett. The year is 1668 and the exiled Richard Cromwell, son of Oliver, has returned in disguise to England. As Marwood and Lovett are drawn into the intrigue still surrounding the Cromwells, Taylor confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers.