The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor

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The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor is set in London 1668 where Oliver Cromwell’s son Richard has arrived clandestinely from France where he has been living. With the restoration of the King after the end of Cromwell’s Commonwealth following the civil war, Richard had been laden down with his father’s debts and he was in France to avoid his debtors. He’s really homesick for the countryside and his family apparently.

Cat Lovett had been friendly with the Cromwells as a child, a supposedly chance encounter with Richard’s daughter Elizabeth leads to a rekindling of the friendship. But Cat is suspicious, especially when her husband is befriended by Elizabeth and her friend Mr Cranmore.

There’s unrest in London as the Stuart court is completely immoral and there are many papists within it. This is upsetting a lot of people, particularly the Duke of Buckingham and his supporters and it seems that there might be a plot to overthrow the king. This is worrying for Cat, the daughter of a regicide, but her husband has always supported the Cromwells and he can’t be persuaded that he’s putting them in danger. Can Marwood protect Cat?

This is the fourth book in Taylor’s Marwood and Lovett series and I’m really looking forward to reading the next one The Royal Secret which is due to be published later this week.

The books are atmospheric and informative. The Guardian said of it: ‘This is historical crime at its dazzling best.’

4 thoughts on “The Last Protector by Andrew Taylor

  1. I love these books and have just finished the new one, The Royal Secret, which I think is one of the best so far. I hope you enjoy it.

  2. I’ve still not got around to starting this series, so I wish he’d slow down a bit! 😉 They always sound interesting though, and it’s good to see a series set in Stuart times rather than the Tudors for a change.

    • FictionFan,

      This is the only series that I’m up to date with. Some have completely got away from me and I’m about four books behind – within what seems like a flash to me. I agree about the Stuarts being a nice change. A well known biographer once commented to me that she found the Stuart period to be quite boring compared with the Tudors!! Maybe she didn’t know her history as well as she thought.

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