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Andrew Taylor

UK flag (b.1951)

aka Andrew Saville

Andrew Taylor is a British crime and historical novelist, winner of the Cartier Diamond Dagger (for lifelong excellence in the genre) and many other awards. His books include the international bestseller, The American Boy (a Richard and Judy selection); the Roth Trilogy (filmed for TV as Fallen Angel); The Anatomy of Ghosts, shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year; The Scent of Death, winner of the Historical Dagger; and The Silent Boy.

He is also the author of three Kindle Singles novellas - Broken Voices; The Leper House; and The Scratch.

He lives on the borders of England and Wales. He is the Spectator's crime fiction reviewer.

Genres: Mystery, Historical Mystery, Historical, Horror
New Books
March 2023

The Shadows of London
(James Marwood and Cat Lovett, book 6)
Series contributed to
Dagger Awards Best Book nominee (1985) : Our Fathers' Lies
The Richard and Judy Best Read of the Year Best Book nominee (2005) : The American Boy

Andrew Taylor recommends
The Conjuror's Bird (2005)
Martin Davies
"Like all the best novels, The Conjurer's Bird left me with the sense of having learned something. . . . Poignant and beguiling."
Ratcatcher (2006)
(Matthew Hawkwood, book 1)
James McGee
"Ratcatcher is a richly enjoyable and impressively researched novel - also very gripping. James McGee is clearly a rising star in the historical galaxy and I look forward to Hawkwood's return."
The Fabric of Sin (2007)
(Merrily Watkins, book 9)
Phil Rickman
"A highly sophisticated crime novel... grips like a clamp."
Shadow of the Past (2008)
(Tobias Campion, book 2)
Judith Cutler
"Cracking... streets ahead of most historical crime fiction."
The Devil in the Marshalsea (2014)
(Tom Hawkins, book 1)
Antonia Hodgson
"A wonderfully convincing picture of the seamier side of eighteenth-century life. Antonia Hodgson has a real feel for how people thought and spoke at the time and, God knows, that's a rare talent."
A High Mortality of Doves (2016)
(Albert Lincoln, book 1)
Kate Ellis
"A splendidly macabre thriller with a very dark heart and a hugely effective twist at the end."
The Coffin Path (2018)
Katherine Clements
"Like something from Emily Bronte's nightmares."
While You Sleep (2018)
Stephanie Merritt
"While You Sleep makes for utterly riveting bedtime reading. Steph has taken familiar ingredients and made something fresh and frankly terrifying from them. I loved it."
The Poison Bed (2018)
E C Fremantle
"A toxic blend of glamour, intrigue and ambition."
The Story Keeper (2018)
Anna Mazzola
"A chilling and refreshingly inventive Gothic novel that constantly subverts the reader's expectations."
Blood & Sugar (2019)
Laura Shepherd-Robinson
"A striking historical thriller that exposes the horrors of Britain’s slave trade . . . Few first novels are as accomplished as this."
Shadows of Athens (2019)
(Philocles, book 1)
JM Alvey
"Intriguing . . . a refreshingly different setting portrayed with a convincing air of authenticity. I hope it's the first of many."
The Doll Factory (2019)
Elizabeth Macneal
"The Doll Factory is brilliant, with a refreshingly original quality, beautifully orchestrated narrative, great characters and some fascinating background detail."
Liberation (2020)
Imogen Kealey
"What a story, and Imogen Kealey tells it brilliantly. This is more than a heart-stopping and exciting adventure thriller: Nancy Wake is a heroine for our times, as well as for hers. The most extraordinary thing of all is that in its essentials, the story is true."
Vintage Crime (2020)
Martin Edwards
"For more than sixty years, the CWA has done more for British crime writing than any other organisation."
Midwinter Murder (2020)
Agatha Christie
"A hundred years after her first novel, and we are all still standing in her shadow."
The Drowned City (2021)
(Daniel Pursglove, book 1)
K J Maitland
"A dark and enthralling historical novel with a powerful narrative. The mysterious Daniel Pursglove has all the qualifications for a memorable series hero."
Fragile (2021)
Sarah Hilary
"Extraordinary . . . an immersive psychological thriller that plunges us into an underworld of emotional and physical exploitation. There are shades of Highsmith . . . Brilliant stuff."
The Infernal Riddle of Thomas Peach (2021)
Jas Treadwell
"An extraordinary novel . . . a tour de force."
Black Drop (2021)
(Laurence Jago, book 1)
Leonora Nattrass
"Black Drop is a joy from start to finish. I particularly liked the glimpses of the grubby machinery of government from the inside, giving a real sense of the intrigues behind closed doors. Jago is a very sympathetic hero, with all his flaws, virtues and secrets, and Philpott made me want to smile and cheer."
The Bloodless Boy (2021)
(Hunt and Hooke, book 1)
Robert J Lloyd
"An intriguing confection of history and fiction. The novel cleverly combines murder investigation and political intrigue with the pioneering scientific work of Robert Hooke and his colleagues at the Royal Society. Bravo!"
The Interview (2022)
C M Ewan
"Brilliant and almost impossible to put down."
The Next to Die (2023)
(Dylan Kasper, book 1)
Elliot F Sweeney
"The Next to Die is a remarkably assured debut. It oozes the sour tang of authenticity, mingling psychiatry and crime with the mean streets of London. Kasper has the hallmark of the classic crime fiction protagonist, brutal but with an underlying compassion."

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