As an avid book reader, I have been struggling recently to find time to read for fun. Between reading for grad school, playing for the university soccer team, and planning the May Ball, my stack of books I need to read has been mocking me from the corner of my room. But, I am hoping to make a change! As part of my nightly routine, I added read at least one chapter of a book as a way to try and carve out time for reading. I really enjoy reading and once I get into a good book I cannot put it down. But there are some nights when I have a deadline to meet or I went out with friends and I skip the book reading before bed and that’s okay too. I like to think I am encouraging myself to read rather than forcing. As part of the process, I decided to write book reviews so you can all learn about some good new books and I can keep track of all the books I read this year (starting now, in May).
The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor was a Christmas gift from my sister. Which I picked out in October after reading about it on one of those sponsored Facebook ads- see they can be useful! I am a history buff and enjoy a good mystery, so this sounded like the perfect book!
The back reads:
“A City In Flames. London, 1666. As the Great Fire consumes everything in its path, the body of a man is found in the ruins of St Paul’s Cathedral — stabbed in the neck, thumbs tied behind his back.
A Woman On The Run. James Marwood, the son of a traitor, is forced to hunt the killer through the city’s devastated streets. There he encounters a determined young woman who will stop at nothing to secure her freedom.
A Killer Seeking Revenge. When a second murder victim washes up in the Fleet Ditch, Marwood is drawn into the political and religious intrigue of Westminster — and across the path of a killer with nothing to lose…”
Sounds intriguing, no? The book is a hefty 482 pages and took me quite awhile to get through it. Naturally it had it slow and fast parts, but overall I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a historical fiction, murder mystery with plot twists around every corner. The characters are fascinating, their development well written, and the plot continues to build anticipation, leaving pieces for the reader to connect along the way. While it is part of a series, Taylor wraps this book up without leaving the reader with a cliff hanger (something I much appreciated).