The King's Evil 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 Last Protector was selected as a Guardian Book of the Year.
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.’
The fabulous cover is based on a contemporary print of Inigo Jones's Covent Garden and is by Andrew Davidson Illustration.
The King’s Evil (HarperCollins) has been chosen as a 2019 Book of the Year by both the Sunday Times and the Financial Times. For a selection of reviews, click here.
Books can have a long life. HarperCollins reissued The Second Midnight, my long-lost thriller about an English boy abandoned in Nazi-occupied Prague (November 2019) which I originally published in 1988.
The King’s Evil (HarperCollins), the third title in the Marwood-Lovett series, is a Sunday Times bestseller.
’this is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best’ - Guardian
‘Taylor, one of the best historical crime writers today, is on great form with this novel’ - The Times
‘Could be the best yet… vivid and compelling’ - The Observer
‘Few historical novelists write with more authority and a greater sense of authenticity’ - Sunday Times
The entire Lydmouth Series (Hodder & Stoughton) reissued in paperback and ebook, equipped with stunning new covers. Audible has recorded all eight novels.