I've had some wonderful news this month: The King's Evil has won the Gold Crown for 2020, the prize awarded by the Historical Writers Association for the best novel of the historical novel of the year.
The Royal Secret, the fifth Marwood and Lovett novel, is scheduled for UK publication in April 2021, and the UK paperback of The Last Protector will be published on 18 February 2021.
The Last Protector has been selected as a Guardian Book of the Year.
I'll be taking a break from the hard slog of writing on 7-11 December, when I shall be co-leading a Zoom-based Arvon-at-Home course on writing crime and historical fiction with Louise Welsh, award-winning novelist and Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Glasgow. More details here.
I'm delighted to say that The King's Evil, the third Marwood and Lovett novel, has been shortlisted for the Gold Crown, the best novel of the year prize awarded by the Historical Writers Association.
The Last Protector, the fourth Marwood and Lovett novel, has just been published. Set in the violent, politically charged Spring 1668, it deals with surviving members of the Cromwell family after the death of Oliver. Meanwhile, London is slowly recovering from the Great Fire two years earlier.
The first review has just come in: it's from the Sunday Times, and it's a cracker from Nick Rennison: ‘Taylor confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers.’
And now on publication day comes another, from Natasha Cooper in the Literary Review: 'Taylor is so at ease with the period… There is colour, violence, devotion, courage and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?'
From Antonia Senior in The Times: ‘Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.’
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The fabulous cover is based on a contemporary print of Inigo Jones's Covent Garden and is by Andrew Davidson Illustration.