All posts tagged: Andrew Taylor

Top 5 Tuesday: Book Spines

Here we are in a new month, and we have a new set of topics from Shanah over at the Bionic Book Worm. This week’s topic is, strangely enough, book spines. And, as Shanah points out, they are not something we usually give much thought to, that is, till today. So, book spines, what is it that makes them so unforgettable compared, well, to the cover itself? After all, mostly they’re just a generic colour and a way to display the author’s name and the title of the book. And yet, when shelved, that colour can be all important, as can the typeface used. Both need to catch our attention as we twisted our heads, and skim read titles at our local bookstore. Which brings us to, eye-catching spines; what caught my eye: #1. SANDSTORM / ICE HUNT / AMAZONIA — are all thrillers from James Rollins with book spines featuring mini-tableaus depicting what the book is about. As in a shrunken head on the spine of AMAZONIA, and an Egyptian Temple of the spine …

Fizzled Fire

I’m struggling. Oh boy am I struggling. What with I hear you ask? My latest read, The Fire Court, by Andrew Taylor. Which is a shame, because I read The Ashes of London (book 1) in two fast sittings. I practically ate it up, it was such an interesting read. Well, for me at least. I loved the setting, the period surrounding the Great Fire of London, which came just after the restoration of Charles II to the throne, and the ending of the Cromwell Era. An absolutely fascinating time, with lots of intrigue, subterfuge, and yes, Regicide (don’t you just love that word?) followed by one of the greatest tragedies of the time, a fire that nearly consumed London. So, what’s not to love. The Ashes of London certainly delivered, with intriguing suspense littered with a couple of baffling murders, and a merry chase through the streets of London. I thoroughly enjoyed the shenanigans, which was also tinged with some tragedy and heartbreak. So why am I having a hard time reading book two, …

The Scent of Death, by Andrew Taylor

DETAILS Title: THE SCENT OF DEATH Author: Andrew Taylor Publisher: HarperCollins ISBN: 9780007213535 Genre: Historical | Murder-Mystery BACKCOVER BLURB New York is a city of secrets, profiteers, loyalists and double agent, where loyalty is a commodity like any other. Manhattan in 1778, during in the American War of Independence, is surrounded by the French fleet and the rebel armies, and packed with refugees seeking justice from the British crown. Edward Savill is sent from London to investigate the claims of dispossessed loyalists. No sooner does he land than he becomes embroiled in the case of a gentleman murdered in the city’s notorious Canvas Town. Lodging with the respected Wintour family, Savill senses the mystery deepening. Judge Wintour’s beautiful daughter-in-law, Arabella, hides a tragedy in her past, while his son plans a dangerous mission into enemy territory. And what of Mr Noak, the enigmatic clerk seemingly bent on a dubious course of his own? WHAT I THOUGHT While Andrew Taylor beautifully evokes the stifled atmosphere of New York City under siege during the War of Independence (also referred to as …