The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London

From the No.1 best-selling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set during the time of the Great Fire of London. The first of an exciting new series of novels. 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 r From the No.1 best-selling author of The American Boy and The Silent Boy comes a brand new historical thriller set ...

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Title:The Ashes of London
Author:Andrew Taylor
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Genres:Historical
ISBN:The Ashes of London
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:496 pages pages

The Ashes of London Reviews

  • LJ
    Oct 07, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

  • Susanna - Censored by GoodReads
    Apr 13, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

  • Maya Panika
    Jan 08, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

  • Ioana
    Sep 27, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

  • Kirsty
    Apr 12, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

  • Karla
    Feb 10, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

    A great backdrop filled with vivid historical detail. 3.5/5 stars. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The second book in this series ? The Fire Court ? is coming out on 5th April and was available on NetGalley. It sounded interesting but, being a completist, I...

    Pretty dull historical mystery with a bunch of characters who amble around and randomly collide at times. It wasn't even really a mystery, more of a protracted revenge tale wrung of any bit of tension or suspense. The writing was also underwhelming, with one odd recurring sentence a...

  • Pat
    Jan 28, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

  • Penny (Literary Hoarders)
    May 28, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

  • Caz
    Mar 15, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

  • Jan
    Apr 24, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

  • Tracett
    Aug 23, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

  • K.
    Nov 03, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

  • Palmreader
    Aug 26, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

    A great backdrop filled with vivid historical detail. 3.5/5 stars. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The second book in this series ? The Fire Court ? is coming out on 5th April and was available on NetGalley. It sounded interesting but, being a completist, I...

    Pretty dull historical mystery with a bunch of characters who amble around and randomly collide at times. It wasn't even really a mystery, more of a protracted revenge tale wrung of any bit of tension or suspense. The writing was also underwhelming, with one odd recurring sentence a...

    This one was my first one by Andrew Taylor and I loved every second of it. I could hardly put it away last night. I forced myself to go to sleep eventually. The atmosphere and London itself in this extraordinary year was described beautifully. The despair of the people trying to make...

    I'm not a big fan of historical non-fiction but the idea presented by the title intrigued me. The great fire of London is one of the many little interests I have about the growth of mega cities. So I thought it would be a fun way to read more about this fact. Unfortunately, I learned l...

  • Matt
    Jul 06, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

  • Raven
    Feb 15, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

  • Paul Lima
    Jul 06, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

  • Elizabeth Ducie
    Mar 30, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

    A great backdrop filled with vivid historical detail. 3.5/5 stars. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The second book in this series ? The Fire Court ? is coming out on 5th April and was available on NetGalley. It sounded interesting but, being a completist, I...

    Pretty dull historical mystery with a bunch of characters who amble around and randomly collide at times. It wasn't even really a mystery, more of a protracted revenge tale wrung of any bit of tension or suspense. The writing was also underwhelming, with one odd recurring sentence a...

    This one was my first one by Andrew Taylor and I loved every second of it. I could hardly put it away last night. I forced myself to go to sleep eventually. The atmosphere and London itself in this extraordinary year was described beautifully. The despair of the people trying to make...

    I'm not a big fan of historical non-fiction but the idea presented by the title intrigued me. The great fire of London is one of the many little interests I have about the growth of mega cities. So I thought it would be a fun way to read more about this fact. Unfortunately, I learned l...

    This was my first introduction to Andrew Taylor's novels and, on this basis, I will certainly be returning for more. An enthralling mystery set in 1666, during the Great Fire of London, it is full of detail that brings both the setting and the historical context alive for the reader. T...

  • Emma
    Mar 20, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

  • Nicki
    Mar 05, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

  • Margaret
    Oct 24, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

  • Bill Kupersmith
    Mar 31, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

  • Lisa
    Feb 20, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

  • Marita
    Aug 27, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

  • Faith
    Nov 26, 2015

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

  • Robyn
    Jun 10, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

  • Winter Sophia Rose
    May 16, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

  • Claire
    Mar 29, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

    A great backdrop filled with vivid historical detail. 3.5/5 stars. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The second book in this series ? The Fire Court ? is coming out on 5th April and was available on NetGalley. It sounded interesting but, being a completist, I...

  • Bubu
    Jan 30, 2018

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

  • Reading Corner
    Mar 27, 2016

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

  • Liawèn
    Oct 20, 2017

    ?Ashes and ruins?, desolation, sorrow and grief, death, homelessness and hunger, as well as attacks on foreigners are some of the aftermath of the Great Fire of London in 1666. Following on the heels of the Great Plague of London in 1665, the Great Fire struck another deadly blow t...

    Thanks so much to Killer Reads for sending this one out,as part of a Goodreads giveaway but I just couldn't finish this one.I really wanted to but I couldn't force myself to pick the book back up.I'm a massive fan of historical fiction but this one just wasn't for me as it was not what...

    I liked the historical details in this book involving the aftermath of the great fire in London in 1666, but I felt that the book was missing a compelling central mystery and it all seemed rather pointless. The story followed two characters whose lives intersected at various points...

    My first trip into the world of Andrew Taylor?s historical fiction was sure to be exciting. The cover and title drew me in while I was walking through the library on one occasion and I could not wait to see if it lived up to my expectations. It?s September of 1666 and London is bur...

    I really enjoyed this even though it was pretty slow going and there wasn?t too much of a story! The main characters were fairly sketchily portrayed and hard to rout for. So how can this be you ask..well..I loved all the historical details. I?ve read a little around the Restoration...

    A "historical novel" set in 1666. About a Scotland Yard "detective". Scotland Yard and public policing in England by the way were instituted in 1829 through the Metropolitan Police Act. Prior to that law enforcement was haphazard and duties performed partially by community watchmen, pa...

    DNF The writing was bland, I got no real sense of 1666, the characterization was flat, and we had two protagonists, who had no real connection to each other. I wasn't particularly interested in either of them. For a supposed mystery, getting over 10% through without even a hint of a...

    Ive given this a B+ at AAR, so that's 4.5 stars. The Ashes of London is an absorbing, intricately plotted historical mystery set in Restoration London in the aftermath of the Great Fire; indeed the book opens with one of the main characters ? lowly clerk, James Marwood ? stand...

    Let?s time travel back to 1666 and the Great Fire of London, in Andrew Taylor?s The Ashes of London, where the body of a man is found in the smoking ruins of St Paul?s Cathedral, stabbed in the neck, with his thumbs tied behind his back. So far, so good, and what unfolds from thi...

    A rather average murder/mystery set against the Great Fire of 1666. And of course, there will be plots and counter-plots from ex-Cromwell followers and Royalists. I guess it's entertaining enough whilst driving in the car but I would have been simply bored if I had read this. At no ...

    A murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of 1666 and the political turmoil left in the wake of the Civil War, the failed Commonwealth and the restoration of the monarchy. The Puritans have grown older but they have not gone away and some of the more fanatical, the ?Fif...

    What can I say, I love historical thrillers, and this book is interesting and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Have found a new author to add to my list, and look forward to more novels in this series. Will recommend to everyone who, like me, love historical crime. I won this novel in t...

    In The Ashes of London, Andrew Taylor continues to demonstrate that he is England's most outstanding creator of historical mystery thrillers. In his three most recent novels his settings have been New York in the War of American Independence, France & England in the early days of t...

    The first book in a new series by Andrew Taylor set in Restoration London. James Marwood is the son of a traitor, and employed by the man who runs the London Gazette. When a dead body turns up in the burned out ruins of St Paul's Cathedral, James must work with his master, and those...

    I received a free digital copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley. I also filmed a video review for this book: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dGSGw... This is a historical thriller set in London, just after the great fire in 1666, and follows two main perspectives. T...

    3.5 that I?m rounding up. Great historical detail, but the plot and the characters didn?t thrill me. ...

    This was a quick read, but I agree with many of the other reviews on here: 1.) There isn't much of a mystery, I agree; 2.) There is a weird disconnect, or problems with the flow in the writing. At first there was plenty of rich, beautiful writing with amazing descriptions. And then t...

    First Sentence: The noise was the worst. A raging fire has destroyed part of London, including St. Paul?s Cathedral. In the remains is found a body. Not a victim of the fire, but someone who has been mutilated and with his thumbs tied together behind his back: a sign of those who ...

    Trigger warnings: rape, murder, gore, fire, eyeball trauma. 3.5 stars. This book was gripping in the first couple of chapters. And then it got dull. And then it got exciting again. And then it got very dull. And then it picked up again towards the end. But for a decent chunk of ...

    I can see some people, with more patients than I have, enjoying this book. I enjoyed the first chapter very much, with London burning and people scampering as we meant main characters. After that, I got lost -- wasn't sure what was happening and didn't really care. There is some sexual...

    This was my first Andrew Taylor book and it's safe to say that it won't be my last. I hadn't heard much about his books or the author himself until this came up as a recommendation on Goodreads and I'm glad I decided to pick it up and give it a go. I thought it was very well written an...

    The Ashes of London tells a gripping story which takes place in the wake of the Great Fire of London. Taylor is particularly adept at the historical novel in that his stories make one feel quite present: one can smell the smells, hear the sounds. It can feel so real as to be startling....

    This is a murder mystery set in the aftermath of the Great Fire of London. The story is split between James Marwood and Cat Lovett. James is a young man struggling to keep a roof over his ailing father's head, recently released from prison for backing the wrong horse in the Restora...

    This could have been an enthralling read. It's well written, the time period is fascinating, and the author really seems to know his stuff about the history. Most notably, he really gets the city of London down! In fact London as a character is the best character in the story. But ever...

    Informative, Riveting, Fascinating & Memorable! A Great Read! I Loved It! ...

    A great backdrop filled with vivid historical detail. 3.5/5 stars. This review was originally posted on my book blog. The second book in this series ? The Fire Court ? is coming out on 5th April and was available on NetGalley. It sounded interesting but, being a completist, I...

    Pretty dull historical mystery with a bunch of characters who amble around and randomly collide at times. It wasn't even really a mystery, more of a protracted revenge tale wrung of any bit of tension or suspense. The writing was also underwhelming, with one odd recurring sentence a...

    This one was my first one by Andrew Taylor and I loved every second of it. I could hardly put it away last night. I forced myself to go to sleep eventually. The atmosphere and London itself in this extraordinary year was described beautifully. The despair of the people trying to make...