The Ashes of London

The Ashes of London

Book - 2016
Average Rating:
Rate this:
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 reduced to ruins. Among the crowds watching its destruction is Richard Marwood, son of a disgraced printer, and reluctant government informer. In the aftermath of the fire, a semi-mummified body is discovered in the ashes of St. Paul's, in a tomb that should have been empty. The man's body has been mutilated and his thumbs have been tied behind his back - the sign of a Regicide, one of those who signed Charles I's death warrant. Under orders from the government, Marwood is tasked with hunting down the killer across the devastated city. But at a time of dangerous internal dissent and the threat of foreign invasion, Marwood finds his investigation leads him into treacherous waters - and across the path of a determined, beautiful and vengeful young woman.
Published: London :, HarperCollins Publishers,, 2016.
ISBN: 9780008207755
Branch Call Number: F TAY
Characteristics: 482 pages :,maps ;,24 cm


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
May 06, 2019

Great mystery along with a view of London after the great fire.

Nov 25, 2018

Very interesting read. A long-winded read but enjoyable and factual.

Alexandra_library May 01, 2017

A satisfying mystery for the literary fiction reader who wants a "vacation read" but not too much of a light read!

ArapahoeAnnaL Apr 22, 2017

You are drawn into the danger and intrigue of life in London during the English Restoration of the Crown to King Charles 2nd. Passions run high on all sides of the political issue and the tension increases with the Great Fire of 1666.

LoganLib_Ashlee Feb 21, 2017

A brilliant read! This book was a page turner! What I loved about 'The Ashes of London' was that the author really displays through the novel how the Great Fire of London caused so much distruption and horror to the lives of Londoners. We get to see how it effected many social classes and look into the cause the fire - and what is left behind. If you love a little but of history and mystery mixed together this is the book for you. (You will also grow to love the characters)

Jun 28, 2016

Featured in the Hamilton Spectator's Must-Read Books of the Summer 2016


Add Age Suitability
LoganLib_Ashlee Feb 21, 2017

LoganLib_Ashlee thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over


Add a Summary
LoganLib_Ashlee Feb 21, 2017

While London burns deceit and murder overruns the city. How can the young and innocent be linked to so much death? The answer rests in the ashes.


Add a Quote
LoganLib_Ashlee Feb 21, 2017

"One grey cloak is much like another, just as all cats are grey in the dark"


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number

Related Authors


Subject Headings


Find it at DBRL

To Top