Andrew Taylor

Crime and Historical Novelist

The Fire Court


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Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground…

The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away.

James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder…?

Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust – Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it’s her turn to help him. But then comes a third death… and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.

‘A sequel to
The Ashes of London, his magnificent evocation of the Great Fire of 1666, The Fire Court ...continues the stories of James Marwood and Cat Lovett...With a fast-moving, complex plot underpinned by solid but unobtrusive research and plenty of drama and intrigue, Taylor brings the 17th century to life so vividly that one can almost smell it.’ - Laura Wilson, Guardian

‘Andrew Taylor returns with the keenly awaited sequel to his bestseller, The Ashes of London... an atmospheric pleasure, full of twists and memorable characters.’ - Antonia Senior, The Times

‘Taylor, a superb historical novelist, returns to post-fire 1666 London in this tale of a body found in the ruins...’ - Sunday Times (Historical Fiction Choice)

‘This gripping mystery is even better than its predecessor, The Ashes of London.’ Sunday Express

‘Once again, Taylor combines his detailed research with a deviously twist-laden storyline, and in Cat he has a heroine of spirit and chutzpah you just want to see more of.’ Observer