The King's Evil
James Marwood, a traitor’s son, is ordered to cover up the murder. But the dead man is Edward Alderley, the cousin of one of Marwood’s acquaintances. Cat Lovett had every reason to want her cousin dead. Since his murder, she has vanished, and all the evidence points to her as the killer.
Marwood is determined to clear Cat’s name and discover who really killed Alderley. But time is running out for everyone. If he makes a mistake, it could threaten not only the government but the King himself…
The King’s Evil is an absolute treat from start to finish - a hugely engaging, atmospheric historical thriller with not one but two smart and lovable protagonists. Andrew Taylor is one of our finest storytellers, and his Restoration series just gets better and better.
I loved this! It's a treat to read a book that is so immersive, that pulls the reader into an entirely different world. Andrew Taylor uses the details of his research with such skill that instead of distancing us from the story, they draw us in. This is a complex story told with clarity - a masterclass in writing for the genre.
Taylor’s description of a teeming, uncertain London is vivid and compelling.
The plot is twisty, the characters engaging and the language easy for contemporary readers.
It’s a novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom.