Teaser Tuesday (23 January)

Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted at The Purple Booker.

Anyone can play along by doing the following:

• Grab your current read
• Open to a random page
• Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page
• BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
• Share the title & author, too, so that other TT participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers!

The noise was the worst. Not the crackling of the flames, not the explosion and the clatter of the falling buildings, not the shouting and the endless beating of drums and the groans and cries of the crowd: it was the howling of the fire. It roared its rage -it was the voice of the Great Beast.”

(~ The Ashes of London by Andrew Taylor, Kindle Edition, 2016)

[Not the first time I read this book, I must admit. But this novel set in 1666 London of the Great Fire is so well written, vivid and action-packed -and historically accurate as a bonus -that it became one of my favourite historical mysteries. To be recommended.]

PLEASE LEAVE A COMMENT with either the link to your own Teaser Tuesdays’ post, or share your ‘teasers’ in a comment here and/or in The Purple Booker.


  1. sjhigbee

    Ooo… I love that fabulous cover! Thank you for the heads-up regarding this one, Steph – it looks really great.

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      It is -for me it’s at the level of his other more famous crime novels. It’s a real treat! 🙂

  2. Joni Gheen

    Thanks for sharing. I will definitely check this one out. I LOVE historical fiction/mystery.

    Here’s my Teaser Tuesday from The Pact by S.E. Lynes

  3. fuonlyknew

    I’m with Sarah. Such a great cover and sounds like a thrilling read too.

    My TT from Murder And Marinara

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      Yes -compelling, i’d say! 🙂

  4. maddalena@spaceandsorcery

    What a fascinating theme! And that quote speaking of the “howling of the fire”, as if it were a living, thinking creature, is quite irresistible…
    Thanks for sharing!

    1. Steph P. Bianchini (Post author)

      If you’re going to pick a historical/crime novel, Taylor is a real master -of language, too 🙂

  5. ljennison

    Good teaser. Love the language used to describe the scene.


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