I'm a bestselling crime and historical novelist, and the winner of the Diamond Dagger of the Crime Writers Association, the Gold Crown of the Historical Writers Association and many other awards. I've written nearly fifty books, listed here, three of which have been televised.


February 2023

SL & Carpet 2

Here it is at last, THE SHADOWS OF LONDON, the sixth novel in the Marwood and Lovett Restoration series. Formerly known in this household as The Beast, it slunk away from home one day and went to London. There, thanks to the magicians at HarperCollins, it was transformed into the beautiful creature you see above.

Already, a week or two before publication, Barry Forshaw of the Financial Times has issued his verdict: 'This is Taylor at his unassailable best.' I'll take that (with gratitude).

We are having launch party for THE SHADOWS OF LONDON in the Forest of Dean on 2 March - our first flesh-and-blood, bricks-and-mortar launch since Covid struck nearly three years ago. Send an email or message if you'd like to come, and we'll send you full details. We are in the process of finalising other events.

What else? In October, I was in Ledbury with Sarah Hilary and Mick Herron (as part of the Ledburied series of events, curated by Sarah). Thanks to MIck's growing fame, we had a New Yorker journalist in tow (or was it the other way round), which added an agreeably surreal quality to the evening. This is how the journalist described the occasion:

You could hear the squelch of muck boots and the chattering of knitting needles. “Secrets and Spies” was the evening’s theme. It might have been a garden-club meeting.

I'm not sure that's entirely accurate. I heard no squelching muck boots or chattering knitting needles. But perhaps my attention was elsewhere.
In the photo of the three of us below I look distinctly overexcited. Or perhaps I was just communing with the muse of Poetry.

Ledbury 10-22

In the run-up to Christmas I enjoyed co-tutoring an Arvon course with novelist Diana Evans in the spectacular surroundings of The Hurst, deep in rural Shropshire. I've also done the occasional review, most recently of Joseph O'Connor's My Father's House in the Spectator.

And now I'm trying to write the new book…