The Last Protector

The Last Protector
Genre : Fiction
Published : 2 Apr 2020 - HarperCollins
Brother against brother. Father against son. Friends turned into enemies. No one in England wants a return to the bloody days of the Civil War. But Oliver Cromwell’s son, Richard, has abandoned his exile and slipped back into England. The consequences could be catastrophic.

James Marwood, a traitor’s son turned government agent, is tasked with uncovering Cromwell’s motives. But his assignment is complicated by his friend – the regicide’s daughter, Cat Lovett – who knew the Cromwells as a child, and who now seems to be hiding a secret of her own about the family.

Both Marwood and Cat know they are putting themselves in great danger. And when they find themselves on a top secret mission in the Palace of Whitehall, they realize they are risking their lives…and could even be sent to the block for treason.

From the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ashes of London comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett.


Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.

The Times

There is colour, violence, devotion, courage, and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?

Literary Review

Taylor confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers.

The Sunday Times

A teeming London... political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings — all are grist to Taylor’s imaginative mill.

The Financial Times