Last Protector
Andrew Taylor, Read by Leighton Pugh

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Narrated By: Leighton Pugh

Duration: 12 hours and 14 minutes

What to expect

From the No.1 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Ashes of London comes the next book in the phenomenally successful series following James Marwood and Cat Lovett.

A dangerous secret lies beneath Whitehall Palace…
 
Brother against brother. Father against son. Friends turned into enemies. No one in England wants a return to the bloody days of the Civil War. But Oliver Cromwell’s son, Richard, has abandoned his exile and slipped back into England. The consequences could be catastrophic.
 
James Marwood, a traitor’s son turned government agent, is tasked with uncovering Cromwell’s motives. But his assignment is complicated by his friend – the regicide’s daughter, Cat Lovett – who knew the Cromwells as a child, and who now seems to be hiding a secret of her own about the family.
 
Both Marwood and Cat know they are putting themselves in great danger. And when they find themselves on a top secret mission in the Palace of Whitehall, they realize they are risking their lives…and could even be sent to the block for treason.

Praise for Andrew Taylor

‘One of the best historical crime writers today’ The Times

‘If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you’ll love Andrew Taylor’ Peter James

‘Effortlessly authentic…gripping…moving and believable. An excellent work’ C. J. Sansom

‘This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best’ Guardian

‘One of the best historical novelists around’ Sunday Times

‘A breathtakingly ambitious picture of an era’ Financial Times

‘A masterclass in writing for the genre’ Ann Cleeves

‘Andrew Taylor is one of our finest storytellers' Antonia Hodgson

‘Vivid and compelling’ Observer

‘A novel filled with intrigue, duplicity, scandal and betrayal, whose author now vies with another master of the genre, C. J. Sansom’ Spectator

‘Taylor brings the 17th century to life so vividly that one can almost smell it’ Guardian

‘A most artful and delightful book, that will both amuse and chill’ Daily Telegraph

Genre

Crime & mystery fiction, Historical fiction

Listen to a sample

‘Confirms his status as one of our finest writers of historical thrillers’ The Sunday Times

‘There is colour, violence, devotion, courage and fun here. What more could anyone ask of a crime novel?’ Literary Review

‘Taylor is on reliably good form in this fourth instalment of a series that effortlessly blends history and mystery.’ The Times

‘A teeming London (in the process of reconstruction after the Great Fire), political chicanery, duels, brothels, court manoeuvrings — all are grist to Taylor’s imaginative mill’ The Financial Times

‘A brilliant historical novel about Cromwell… Riveting’ Evening Standard

‘Superb… Cat, especially, remains one of the most compelling, multifaceted characters in contemporary historical fiction’. Observer

‘Taylor’s fourth Marwood tale is gripping and rich in detail – 4.5 stars’ The Sun

‘Boasting political intrigue and evocative period atmosphere, The Last Protector is crime writing at its most elegant and assured’ Waterstones blog

‘It’s been a good year for historical crime fiction, with another strong outing for Andrew Taylor’s Restoration sleuths James Marwood and Cat Lovett in The Last Protector’ Books of the Year, Guardian

'Full of intrigue, unforgettable characters and a plot which keeps you engaged until the last page.' Waterstones

Praise for Andrew Taylor:

‘One of the best historical crime writers today’ The Times

‘If you like C. J. Sansom, or Hilary Mantel, you’ll love Andrew Taylor’ Peter James

‘Effortlessly authentic…gripping…moving and believable. An excellent work’ C. J. Sansom

‘This is historical crime fiction at its dazzling best’ Guardian

‘One of the best historical novelists around’ Sunday Times

'Taylor has long been the pre-eminent chronicler of beautifully atmospheric historical crime' The Times