Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

The Anatomy of Ghosts: A Selection of Reviews from the UK, US and Australia


Absorbing...With Taylor you are in the hands of a consummate storyteller' Nick Owchar, Los Angeles Times

masterful thriller... this sophisticated period puzzle' Publishers Weekly (starred review)

'Andrew Taylor's brooding thriller... tantalizing .. Those made of sterner stuff will relish Taylor's
dark and gripping tale' Wendy Smith, Washington Post

'THE ANATOMY OF GHOSTS pitches us into
dynamic but rowdy 18th-century England... Jerusalem College... comes to vivid life...As Taylor points out, “drowning ran like a watery thread through the whole sad affair.” But so do other themes, like the clash between reason and humbug, and the power of grief and guilt to raise the dead' Marilyn Stasio, New York Times (lead crime review)

'It's as if Henning Mankell decided to abandon his Kurt Wallender books and train his attention on eighteenth-century England for a change... flinty and spare, just short of hard-boiled...
fascinating' Laura Miller, (A 'What to Read' selection)

The Anatomy of Ghosts would appeal most to readers of historical fiction and mysteries, anyone interested in a well-plotted story exploring humanity's darker side would equally enjoy it... this novel is a pleasure to read on a cold winter's night' Charles Green,

'A literary mystery that yields its secrets bit by bit in the hands of a master storyteller... Andrew Taylor lures the reader into the world of 18th century England with lush, textured writing' Elizabeth Varadan,
San Francisco Book Review

The Anatomy of Ghosts


'Taylor has long been the pre-eminent chronicler of
beautifully atmospheric historical crime with occasional hints of the supernatural. The Anatomy of Ghosts is among his best, which is saying something.' Marcel Berlins, The Times.

'What better way to pass the time than with a good old-fashioned ghost story? Taylor is an old hand when it comes to historical thrillers and this latest outing shows him on
chillingly good form.' Alison Flood, Observer

'Andrew Taylor is ...
one of our finest novelists ... I would put this as one of the best historical books that’s come out for ages.’ Jeff Park, Front Row (BBC Radio 4, 16/12/10)

'Taylor is not only a skilful storyteller but a fine stylist, his elegant prose taking us deep into the minds of his frequently complex but always
vividly realised characters' - Clare Clark, Guardian

absorbing story... One of Taylor's special qualities is a particular sensitivity towards women's lives...a voyage of self-exploration' - Jane Jakeman, Independent

'Another marvellous yarn, fairly
dripping with menace...Taylor evokes genuine unease.' Suzi Feay, Financial Times

'Well-informed and atmospheric crime from
a master of the genre' - Jessica Mann, Literary Review

'If you have not yet gone on holiday, do pack The Anatomy of Ghosts. It is
excellent... Andrew Taylor's book beguiled' - Caroline Moore, Spectator

'Taylor writes with
insight into the nature of grief' - Jake Kerridge, Daily Telegraph

'...vividly re-creates an era when the discoveries of the Enlightenment were challenging age-old supestitions' - Joan Smith, Sunday Times

'A sustained period piece and an
entertaining confection of crime and debauchery' - Daily Express

'Claustrophobic, historically atmospheric and full of dark secrets, this is a
chillingly perfect accompaniment to the autumnal shadows' - Marie Claire

Elegantly written with a lovely ironic touch' - Red (Top 3 Must-Read)

gloriously ghostly mystery to completely lose yourself in' - Easy Living


'blends the genres of crime and historical fiction with extraordinary success... admirably done' -
Sydney Morning Herald (Pick of the Week)

'very well done...thoroughly involving'

'reinforces Taylor's reputation as a masterful storyteller...absorbing and fascinating'
Canberra Times