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Review: The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

  • PUBLISHING DATE: 7th April 2016
  • PUBLISHER: Harper (HarperCollins Publishing)
  • FORMAT: Paperback
  • GENRE: Fiction, Historical Fiction, Mystery, Historical, Crime, Historical Mystery
  • ISBN: 9780008119072
  • RATING: 3.5/5



I enjoyed this book very much but I found I had to do a lot of research alongside to help me understand some of the topics mentioned. 

I enjoyed the historical aspect very much with the mixed POV between James Marwood and Catherine Lovett helping to break up some of the monotony I found with the descriptions used by the author Andrew Taylor. 

I also think Taylor’s reference to much darker subjects such as religious extremism, murder and Regicide and the way he handled them was very excellently done.

The downsides varied but brought me to my overall rating of 3.5 stars. The main one was the way in which the book ended. It was predictable at this point and the mysticism Taylor was aiming for disappeared. I also wasn’t too enamoured with Catherine Lovett. Yes, her story is a sad one but her mannerisms and reaction to various events were a bit over the top in my opinion. I did admire Taylor in giving Catherine Lovett an aspiration that was considered unladylike in 1666.

Overall, a good murder mystery story that is just in need of a little polishing.


6 thoughts on “Review: The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

  1. Do you read nonfiction very often?

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  2. Thanks for the review. One thing about the book i felt, was that it didn’t seem to make clear the motives for the killings. Obviously Lovett was a cazed fanatic but why kill those particular people? Hiw had they been instrument in his exile?


    1. The people he killed sold him out. It was believed for years that Tom Lovett was the one who gaily held the head of the King aloft when in fact it was his brother-in-law. Because of those people Lovett lost his world. Not just his Fifth Monarchy but his daughter.


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