Teaser Tuesdays: The Ashes of London

Welcome to Teaser Tuesdays – a weekly feature hosted by The Purple Booker. Expect a new teaser every week!

| Teaser Tuesdays: August 11 |

The Ashes of London

Book One of Marwood and Lovett

by Andrew Taylor

Historical Fiction | 496 Pages | Published by Harper Collins in 2016

“Even I could see that the place was a sad tangle of branches and bushes and fallen trees. The air smelled of rotting vegetation. The path we followed was muddy underfoot, and slippery with dead leaves. It looked as if deer and foxes used it far more than humans.

~ Chapter 24 | Page 206 | The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

| Synopsis |

London, September 1666. The Great Fire rages through the city, consuming everything in its path. Even the impregnable cathedral of St. Paul’s is engulfed in flames and reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is James Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer.

In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul’s, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man’s body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back.

Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters – and across the path of a determined, beautiful and vengeful young woman.

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18 thoughts on “Teaser Tuesdays: The Ashes of London

  1. Yes… I read some negative reviews about this one, too. But I simply didn’t see the problem – and my teaching degree is in History, so if there had been glaring anomalies, I would have picked them up. So glad you enjoyed it, too:))

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    1. Yes I didn’t get that either. I often think some people either don’t like or are bored by any form of description. Whereas I find I can’t fully place myself in a world without it! These things are subjective after all.

      …In fact, I read a blog post the other day which told authors: “what not to do when writing”… and one of them was not to write descriptions of battles and fight scenes because they personally skim over them. Well these are some of my favourite parts of books and I would be very upset if authors stopped doing it at the whim of someone with a bugbear! 😂


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