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The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson
  

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Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.

Winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award 2014.

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.

Shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - Best First Novel 2014.

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The Good Book Guide logo The Good Book Guide Review. Antonia Hodgson proves with this first novel that she is (at a stroke) one of the most impressive practitioners of historical crime fiction, fully deserving the encomium from Jeffery Deaver on the jacket. Her territory is London in 1727, and her protagonist Tom Hawkins has been enjoying the fleshpots of the capital, luxuriating in a world of brothels, coffee houses and gambling dens. But he is about to enter a world grimly familiar to anyone who reads Charles Dickens: the debtors’ prison, Marshalsea. As vividly evoked by Hodgson, this is virtually an entire city within stone walls, with its own ruthless rules and hierarchies. There is one certainty here: those who have connections (either family or friends) who provide some remuneration enjoy a degree of comfort denied their fellow debtors. Hawkins is a winning protagonist, and The Devil in the Marshalsea really is something new in the world of historical crime fiction.
~ Barry Forshaw

Synopsis

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson

Shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award 2015.

London, 1727 - and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors' prison. The Marshalsea is a savage world of its own, with simple rules: those with family or friends who can lend them a little money may survive in relative comfort. Those with none will starve in squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol's rutheless governor and his cronies. The trouble is, Tom Hawkins has never been good at following rules - even simple ones. And the recent grisly murder of a debtor, Captain Roberts, has brought further terror to the gaol. While the Captain's beautiful widow cries for justice, the finger of suspicion points only one way: to the sly, enigmatic figure of Samuel Fleet. Some call Fleet a devil, a man to avoid at all costs. But Tom Hawkins is sharing his cell. Soon, Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder - or be the next to die. A twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

Reviews

'A rich, elegant and terrifying story.'

- The Bookplank Blog


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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Publication date

28th August 2014

Author

Antonia Hodgson

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Publisher

Hodder Paperback an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Paperback
400 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Historical Fiction
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ISBN

9781444775433

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