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From number one best-selling author Andrew Taylor comes the sequel to the phenomenally successful The Ashes of London.

Somewhere in the soot-stained ruins of Restoration London, a killer has gone to ground....

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.

©2018 Andrew Taylor (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • Roger
  • 10-04-18

Another historical winner

The combination of Andrew Taylor's writing and Leighton Pugh's narration bring the feeling of the time, or at least passable representation of the time, to life.
Good story, well told.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-11-18

Enjoyable enough

Not sure this would work too well if I hadn’t listened to the previous book which introduced the key characters. All the same, pleasant accompaniment to daily commute and completed within a week.

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  • Rachel Redford
  • 09-02-18

A brilliant sense of place

This is the follow-up to Andrew Taylor's The Ashes of London reviewed by me on my Audible review page on 13/4/16 - and it's just as good.

The fast paced story is set against the back drop of the London Fire Court which carried out the legal business of property rights after the devastation of the Great Fire with all the corruption and claims to destroyed houses and jealous plans for re-building. James Marwood's father has died muttering about having seen a woman murdered. Was the old man murdered (most likely) or just deluded in his last days (not so likely)? The crime narrative twists and turns but what I like best about The Fire Court is the amazingly good creation of post Fire London crammed with intense details, smells and images amongst which live the real Londoners existing (and dying) amongst the ruins of everything that had been familiar.

The other best part is Leighton Pugh's excellent narration - he's a master of every accent and character and brings a brilliant cinematic quality to the listening.

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  • caya
  • 04-19-18

Good Historical Drama

I've read both Andrew Taylor books on audible and wish there were more. Entertaining with out being too grim or too romantic.

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