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The Fire Court: A gripping historical thriller from the bestselling author of The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor

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Kindle Edition: 449 Pages.

Published: 05 April 2018 by HarperCollins



The Great Fire has ravaged London, wreaking destruction and devastation wherever its flames spread. Now, guided by the incorruptible Fire Court, the city is slowly rebuilding, but times are volatile and danger is only ever a heartbeat away.

James Marwood, son of a traitor, is thrust into this treacherous environment when his ailing father claims to have stumbled upon a murdered woman in the very place where the Fire Court sits. Then his father is run down and killed. Accident? Or another murder ...?

Determined to uncover the truth, Marwood turns to the one person he can trust - Cat Lovett, the daughter of a despised regicide. Marwood has helped her in the past. Now it's her turn to help him. But then comes a third death ... and Marwood and Cat are forced to confront a vicious and increasingly desperate killer whose actions threaten the future of the city itself.


3.0 Stars3.0 Stars3.0 Stars  by Debra Found

Rather Slow Though Excellent Historical Background

Set just after the Great Fire of London this book follows on from "The Ashes of London". We meet again with James Marwood the slightly fussy son of a traitor. His elderly Father saw something that he really shouldn't have but James isn't sure exactly what and whether or not this hastened his Father's death. Meeting again with Cat Lovett, Marwood intends to find out exactly what is going on around The Fire Court.

This book is a real slow burner - pun intended. In fact I felt it really struggled to get going at all and my interest did wane at various points. You really have to stick with this book to get the reward of the story progressing. It did seem to get rather bogged down with large sections of the book where nothing happened to move the story onwards.

There can be no denying that the author's historical research is excellent. I had very much enjoyed the in depth historical background in the first book of the series and it is mirrored in this book. I was fascinated by The Fire Court - a great idea but hampered by inefficient staff, paperwork and a lack of money. Nothing changes in bureaucracy does it? Andrew Taylor can really bring the historical period to life - you can envisage & smell Londonin the 1660s. The characters are also very detailled - Marwood a bit of a fussy man always concious of his past & Cat a very much more modern woman with her eyes on the future.

However excellent the historical background and characters were they could not compensate for a rather slow story which failed to grip me sufficiently. I have read other books by this author and was prepared for a slower pace than many books but this one never quite got off the ground for me.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley

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