join us on facebook rebus 30th anniversary
Search our site
Are You Sleeping by Kathleen Barber Read the opening extract of the brand new Kathleen Barber book before its publication on 27/12/2017

Reader Reviewed
The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins

Part of the Thomas Hawkins Series
Historical Fiction   Books of the Month   Crime / Mystery   eBook Favourites   eBook Favourites   
Download an extract Discuss on Facebook Discuss this book on our Crime/Mystery/Thriller Facebook group Share this book

Lovereading view...

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

Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

  • Evelyn Love- Gajardo - 'I would highly recommend this book- a great read from start to finish.'
  • Keith Currie - 'This is a most enjoyable read, filled with twists and turns, satisfying to the very end.'
  • Gill Wilmott - 'Antonia has very cleverly taken a nugget of history and weaved her own extra characters and story around it...All in all an historical mystery that I would definitely recommend.'
  • Angela Rhodes - 'This is a follow on book from ‘The Devil in Marshalsea’ but is also a standalone book… and a great read, action, and dry humour, love it.'
  • Edel Waugh -  'First of all I loved these characters!!!...This was amazing! I felt like I was really in London during that time, the sights and smells, and the dismal criminal justice system.'
  • Marjorie Lacy - 'Antonia is a superb storyteller...In every respect, a satisfying read. Waiting for the next one now.'
  • Lynda DeFreitas - 'An exciting read...the author uses real life characters and lots of research on the period to bring the novel alive and make it believable.'
  • Peter Baiden - 'Leading readers from the close, filthy, network of London's, early Georgian, slums, to the centre of Queen Caroline's (corrupt) Court. This is a fictional account of a true story.'
  • Jennie Thrift - 'A brilliant trip back in time!...I've already started recommending this book, even to people who aren't keen on the genre as it really is just great.'
  • Sarah Musk - 'A boisterous story set in Georgian London.  Thomas Hawkins and his feisty girlfriend, Kitty, are an attractive pair of adventurers in a corrupt but exciting age.'
  • George Willmett - 'The tale rattles along at a good pace and the action is gripping and exiting. The graphic detail lets you know how London was back then with crime and corruption everywhere.'
  • Jo-anne Atkinson – 'A clever, twisty book from an author who has burst onto the historical fiction scene...The first novel was excellent, this one is brilliant and I eagerly await the next.'
  • Ann Peet - 'Well written historical mystery tale with lots of atmospheric detail and engaging characters. Part rollicking adventure story set in 1720s London, part intriguing murder mystery, this is an atmospheric and compelling novel.'
  • Katy Noyes - 'Standalone or as part of the series, this historical murder mystery is full of period detail, rascals and rogues and a tense ride to Tyburn…'
  • Pam Kennedy - 'Loved this book and I can't praise it enough. This is one of the most atmospheric books I have ever read. I loved every word of this book, it is brilliant.'
  • Katie Hoare - 'The reader is made to feel that they have been transported back to the period, and are introduced to some very interesting characters...'
  • Susan Mooney - 'A thoroughly enjoyable read,that is full of sight,sound & colour. 10/10. Loved it from first chapter.'

Win a Family Break to Salisbury!

Don’t miss out! Enter to win a family break to Salisbury!

Here at and we have joined with VisitWiltshire. You could see yourself indulging in the finest food and slumbering comfortably into one of the grand rooms at The Red Lion Salisbury for two nights. The Red Lion Hotel is located in medieval city of Salisbury, which is home to all your favourite stores as well as independent shops, restaurants, cafes and parks and green spaces. Nearby is Stonehenge, Salisbury Plain and numerous sites of historic and archaeological interest.

There are many seasonal events in Salisbury, and you can find out what’s on here. You will also receive a family ticket to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens, the gardens are especially beautiful in the winter, with bold coloured stems, scents, and fabulous foliage, you can be sure to be impressed. For the children there is also a play park, and you can stop off in the Victorian tea room to warm up and treat yourself to a traditional cream tea.

To have a chance of winning this fantastic prize, click the button below. Please note that this draw is open only for UK residents and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. Entries close 31st January 2018.

Good luck!

Terms and Conditions

Red Lion: Two night stay includes breakfast for two adults and up to two children sharing a family room. Subject to availability and cannot be exchanged or redeemed for cash value. Not to be used in combination with any other offer. Valid until 1st Dec 2018 and excludes bank holidays.

Sir Harold Hillier Gardens: Valid for day entry, Not to be used for special events or group entry. Voucher is not transferable or refundable, no Cash Value. Ticket must be redeemed on entry. Valid until 31 Dec 2018. Gardens open daily from 10am – closed Christmas Day and Boxing Day. Prize admits 2 adults and accompanying children Under 17 FREE to Sir Harold Hillier Gardens.

Enter prize draw Draw closes: 31/01/2018


The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins by Antonia Hodgson

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...


'Dark, twisting and witty. Dripping with 18th century intrigue - from the slums to the palaces of London.' -- S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND

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.

Author photo © Charlie Hopkinson

More books by this author
Author 'Like for Like' recommendations

Loading similar books...
Loading other formats...

Book Info

Publication date

4th June 2015


Antonia Hodgson

More books by Antonia Hodgson
Author 'Like for Like'

Author's Website
Loading twitter updates...


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


400 pages


Historical Fiction
Books of the Month
Crime / Mystery
eBook Favourites
eBook Favourites

Crime & mystery



They are bright, breezy and eager to offer a great book, then genuinely listen/respect the review one writes.

Maggie Crane

I love the 'like for like' author recommendations, it's like an old friend whispering in your ear.

Emma Caddick

The books for review are always great reads, brilliantly written, and introduces me to a huge variety of, established and new, authors.

Lesley Hart

Insightful reader reviews and unbiased recommendations. I don't know how I chose books before Lovereading! An essential for all book lovers.

Sarah Harper

It has enriched my leisure time by introducing me to a world of books which I would not have previously considered.

Val Rowe

A great place to go to find your next literary escape, and where you don't have to judge a book by its cover!

Suzanne Beney

Lovereading does a stella job in promoting both new and established authors.

Iris Clements

I love reading books I wouldn't normally choose before everyone else gets to read them!

Dawn Lynch