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Tyler, L. C., author

1666. London has been destroyed by fire and its citizens are looking for somebody, preferable foreign, to blame. Only the royal court, with its strong Catholic sympathies, is trying to dampen down the post-conflaguration hysteria. Then, inconveniently, a Frenchman admits to having started it together with an accomplice, whom he says he has subsequently killed. John Grey is tasked with proving conclusively that the self-confessed fire-raiser is lying

Hardback, Book. English. Crime. Detective and mystery stories.
Published London: Constable, 2017

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Statement of responsibility: L.C. Tyler
ISBN: 1472122887, 9781472122889
Physical Description: 295 pages ; 25 cm.
Series: A John Grey historical mystery
Subject: Great Britain History 1660-1714 Fiction.; Grey, John (Fictitious character) Fiction.
Series Title: John Grey historical mystery.

Author note

L. C. Tyler was born in Essex and educated at Jesus College, Oxford and City University. His comic crime series featuring author-and-agent duo Ethelred Tressider and Elise Thirkettle has twice been nominated for Edgar Allan Poe awards in the US, and he won the Goldsboro Last Laugh Award with Herring in the Library.

He has lived and worked all over the world, but has more recently been based in London and Sussex. He is currently Chair of the Crime Writers' Association.

To find out more about L. C. Tyler visit or follow him on twitter @lenctyler.


Tyler at his entertaining best . . . a Restoration romp delivered with aplomb and verbal artistry, a delicious slice of history in all its dark, dank and deadly reality, and a veritable stage show of witty one-liners wrapped up in an enthralling mystery adventure
Lancashire Evening Post||A historical thriller, but one written with tongue firmly in cheek . . . Tyler is a witty writer, and this third outing for Grey is great fun
Sunday Times||A fast-paced tale of double-crossing and double agents during a tumultuous period in English history .... the humour running through the book is a delight
The Times

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Praise for L. C. Tyler

'Tyler juggles his characters, story wit and clever one liners with perfect balance' The Times

'A dizzying whirl of plot and counterplot' Guardian

'I was seduced from John Grey's first scene' Ann Cleeves

'Unusually accomplished' Helen Dunmore

'A classic detective novel' The Scotsman