Release Date: May 10, 2022
About The Book:
Nigella Parker, Detective Inspector with the City Police, has a deeply rooted fear of fire and a talent for solving deadly arson cases. When a charred figure is found curled beside Sir Christopher Wren’s Monument to the Great Fire of London, Nigella is dragged into a case pitting her against a murderous artist creating sculptures using burnt flesh.
Nigella partners with Colm O’Leary of Scotland Yard to track the arsonist across greater London. The pair are more than colleagues—they were lovers until O’Leary made the mistake of uttering three little words. Their past isn’t the only buried history as they race to connect the dots between an antique nail pulled from a dead man’s hands and a long-forgotten architect dwarfed by the life’s work of Sir Christopher Wren.
Wren, one of London’s most famous architects, is everywhere the pair turn. Digging into his legacy leads the DCIs into the coldest of cold cases: a search for a bookseller gone missing during the Great Fire of London. More than 350 years earlier, while looking for their friend, a second pair of detectives—a lady-in-waiting to the Queen and a royal fireworks maker—discovered foul play in the supposedly accidental destruction of St. Paul’s Cathedral…but did that same devilry lead to murder? And can these centuries-old crimes help catch a modern-day murderer?
As Nigella and O’Leary rush to decode clues, past and present, London’s killer-artist sets his sights on a member of the investigative team as the subject of his next fiery masterpiece.
About The Author:
Evie Hawtrey is a Yank by birth but a sister-in-spirit to her fierce and feminist London detective, DI Nigella Parker. Evie splits her time between Washington DC, where she lives with her husband, and York, UK, where she enjoys living in history, lingering over teas, and knocking around in pubs.
Evie is a member of both The Mystery Writers of America and Sisters in Crime. In a parallel universe she is Sophie Perinot, award winning author of Historical Fiction.
“BONES meets the Restoration Court in Evie Hawtrey’s AND BY FIRE, a taut dual-timeline mystery that races along at the pace of an inferno! …. Fresh, dynamic, and crisply researched, AND BY FIRE WILL appeal to histfic fans and mystery readers alike—I couldn’t put this one down!”—Kate Quinn, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Alice Network
“You’ll smell the smoke, taste the ashes, and feel the tension as you race through this exquisitely researched crime thriller. The plot twists and unforgettable images evoked by Evie Hawtrey’s AND BY FIRE will linger long after you turn the last page!”—Ellen Marie Wiseman, New York Times Bestseller of The Lost Girls of Willowbrook
“[R]eaders swept up in this double-barreled inferno will forget the history they know as they root for both heroines to bring the malefactors to book before things get even hotter.”—Kirkus
“You’ll burn through the pages of this time-twisty thriller!”—Mindy McGinnis, Edgar Award Winning author of A Madness So Discreet
“VERDICT: Both story lines intensify, leading to unusual conclusions in Hawtrey’s debut mystery. The well-developed characters will appeal to fans of historical mysteries or police procedurals and to Anglophiles.”—The Library Journal
“Evie Hawtrey’s debut AND BY FIRE crackles with as much energy as a well-tended blaze, one that Hawtrey maintains control of from start to finish.”—Amazon Reviewer
“It usually takes mystery writers a novel or two to find their stride . . . Hawtrey is already a master of her craft.”—Goodreads Reviewer
“[An] atmospheric, absorbing mystery.”—First Clue
“I am a sucker for London detective procedurals, which I tend to seek out to both read and watch on television. And By Fire, by Evie Hawtrey, did not disappoint me, an admitted addict with this genre.—NetGalley Reviewer
“At the same time entertaining and enlightening, the narrative reveals how established monuments to the past sometimes keep inaccuracies alive and how largely forgotten events and figures can fester.”—Historical Novel Society
“Mystery readers of many genres will be enthralled by Evie Hawtrey’s highly unique novel, AND BY FIRE. There is plenty of explosive action, shocks, twists, gore, and red herrings.”—Gumshoe
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1 thought on “On Tour 11/03/22-12/15/22 “And By Fire” by Evie Hawtrey”
This sounds like my kind of book!