June 2015 Book of the Month.
This wonderfully intriguing and exciting historical mystery really packs a wallop. Although a sequel to ‘The Devil in the Marshalsea’ you can most definitely read it as a stand alone novel. The story starts just before the gallows is set to claim Tom Hawkins, then travels back in time to the events that saw him declared guilty of murder. Occasional shifts in time continue, ensuring that you feel Tom’s fear and his desperate hope that he will be saved before the rope begins its grisly business. There is a certain colour and luminosity to the writing, you just have to reach out and you are in the centre of these robust, bawdy, sometimes repellent times, that are so vividly described. It’s fascinating to read the history behind the novel at the end, you can feel the depth of care that the author has taken and the fascination she feels for this time period. So, bear witness to the manipulative, clever Queen Caroline, keep your hand on your money as you creep through St Giles and hope with all of your might that Tom and Kitty find their way through this dramatically enjoyable read. ~ Liz Robinson
Spring, 1728. A young, well-dressed man is dragged through the streets of London to the gallows at Tyburn. The crowds jeer and curse as he passes, calling him a murderer. He tries to remain calm. His name is Tom Hawkins and he is innocent. Somehow he has to prove it, before the rope squeezes the life out of him. It is, of course, all his own fault. He was happy with Kitty Sparks. Life was good. He should never have told the most dangerous criminal in London that he was 'bored and looking for adventure'. He should never have offered to help Henrietta Howard, the king's mistress, in her desperate struggles with a brutal husband. And most of all, he should never have trusted the witty, calculating Queen Caroline. She has promised him a royal pardon if he holds his tongue but then again, there is nothing more silent than a hanged man. Based loosely on actual events, Antonia Hodgson's new novel is both a sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea and a standalone historical mystery. From the gilded cage of the Court to the wicked freedoms of the slums, it reveals a world both seductive and deadly. And it continues the rake's progress of Tom Hawkins - assuming he can find a way to survive the noose...
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'Dark, twisting and witty. Dripping with 18th century intrigue - from the slums to the palaces of London.' -- S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND
Publication date: 04/06/2015
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division
|Publication date:||4th June 2015|
|Publisher:||Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division|
|Genres:||Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Crime & mystery,|
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 ...More About Antonia Hodgson