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The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
  

The Devil in the Marshalsea

Part of the Thomas Hawkins Series
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Set between the death of George I and the coronation of George II when the South Sea Bubble had burst and many people had lost their wealth, the debtors’ prison in London thrived. Marshalsea was one such and given the calibre of people in trouble it was full of some pretty interesting folk. A murder occurs, or was it suicide? Young Tom Hawkins, gambler and lovable rogue, is ‘bribed’ to investigate and the body count mounts. This is such fun, a gritty period mystery with lots of red herrings and a charming love story. It is a delight.

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Synopsis

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

I had spent three years at Oxford studying to join the clergy. Three years of rising at dawn to pray, daily seminars in classics, divinity and logic … before rushing back to church for evening prayers and finally to bed. Unfortunately, it was in that gap between evening prayers and bed where I was tested; and failed magnificently. If only God had put fewer hours in the day. And not invented twins.

It’s 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he’s going to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women and cards. But there’s a sense of honour there too, and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt - not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London’s notorious debtors’ prison: The Marshalsea Gaol. Offered the opportunity to free himself by solving a murder, Tom finds his principles tested to the limit. He is forced to navigate a new world of hitherto unimaginable corruption and violence.

Reviews

A wonderfully entertaining novel, twist and claustrophic as an underground maze -- Maria McCann, author of The Wilding A superb debut, tense and atmospheric, that beautifully evokes the dark underbelly of 18th Century London. I was gripped -- Saul David A hugely enjoyable and fast-paced story which takes the reader into the dark world of Georgian crime -- Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell A damn'd good read -- Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian A book to be read by candlelight: part romance, part social history ...and a lesson in evil -- John Taylor (Duran Duran) A riveting historical thriller * Daily Mail * Any historical fiction enthusiast who isn't a Tom Hawkins fan, has probably just not read any yet * The Bookbag * At times Hodgson even rivals Dickens * Daily Express * Hodgson shows the seamy underbelly of Georgian London, and does for this era what C.J. Sansom and Rory Clements have done for Tudor times * Historical Novel Society * Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour * Daily Mail * Something new in the world of historical crime fiction, with mesmerising detail and atmosphere * Financial Times * Antonia Hodgson has a real feel for how people thought and spoke at the time - and God knows, that's a rare talent -- Andrew Taylor, author of The Fires of London The pace is relentless ...an absolutely superb debut novel * Crime Review * Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this. Magnificent! -- Jeffery Deaver It is the mesh of lies and duplicity that draws you into this brilliant first novel ...a blood-drenched investigation that twists and turns in the vortex of Georgian society * The Times * Hodgson's utterly compelling debut is fiendishly plotted and dripping with atmosphere. I cannot wait for Tom Hawkin's next adventure. -- Mark Billingham A splendid debut ... this is a truly spellbinding tale. * Guardian *


About the Author

Antonia Hodgson

Antonia Hodgson w as born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University of Leeds. Her debut novel, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA, won the CW A Historical Dagger in 2014 and was shortlisted for the John Creasey First Novel award. In the US, Publishers Weekly named it one of the top 10 Mystery/Thriller titles of the year. She was first introduced to the early Georgians while taking 'A' level History. Unfortunately the course focused almost exclusively on George II's ministerial reshuffles, a subject even George II found staggeringly dull. It was only later, on discovering Hogarth, The Beggar's Opera and Moll Flanders, that she became fascinated by an often-neglected period of British history. Her favourite quote about London in the 1720s comes from a disapproving Swiss traveller, who complained that 'debauch runs wild with an unblushing countenance'. Antonia lives in London, where she works as an editor.

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Book Info

Publication date

25th March 2014

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Thriller / Suspense
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ISBN

9781444775426

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