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The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins: Thomas Hawkins Book 2



By: Antonia Hodgson(Author)

Language: English

Genre: Crime, Thrillers & Mystery

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (4 Jun. 2015)

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The original title of the book: The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins: Thomas Hawkins Book 2

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...

She is one of the most impressive practitioners of the historical crime genre. (Independent online)A fast-paced adventure that places Hawkins amongst criminals, court intrigue and conspiracies. (Woman & Home)A rattling, rakish romp through Georgian London. More please! (William Ryan, author of The Constant Soldier)Dark, twisting and witty. Dripping with 18th century intrigue - from the slums to the palaces of London. (S D Sykes, author of PLAGUE LAND)Hodgson has again married immaculate research to the rip-roaring pace of the modern thriller and come up with a triumphant slice of historical fiction. (The Independent on Sunday)[A] rip-roaring historical thriller . . .I look forward to seeing what scurries out of the dark and grimy streets in Hodgson's next masterpiece. (Daily Express)Intelligent and engrossing reading. (The Sunday Times)A rip-roaring ride through Georgian London's back streets ...wonderfully atmospheric and entertaining (Good Housekeeping)A fun, twisting, shock-riddled masterpiece (The Bookbag)Full of character, suspense and atmosphere. (Woman & Home)Tom Hawkins, The most engaging rake to appear in a historical novel since George Macdonald Fraser'sFlashman.This is history brought brilliantly to stinking, screaming life. (Sunday Express)A terrific swash-and-buckle story set in grimy, rumbustious London streets, the pace and plot never flag, the detail is a revelation (Elizabeth Buchan, Daily Mail)Georgian London in all its gritty reality seeps from the pages of this exciting historical mystery.Told in flashbacks, it has plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader intrigued. (Choice)A lively plot, an engaging hero and a vividly recreated city with all its stench and pleasures.Great fun. (The Times)This magnificent story with its multiple twists and turns, part social history with an informative afterword, an exploration of many faces of evil, with a genuine romantic hero and heroine, is a book to linger over (Crime Review)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)Something new in the world of historical crime fiction, with mesmerising detail and atmosphere (Financial Times)Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour (Daily Mail)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)Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this (Jeffrey Deaver)At times Hodgson even rivals Dickens (Daily Express)Any historical fiction enthusiast who isn't a Tom Hawkins fan, has probably just not read any yet (The Bookbag)

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  • By Galning on 22 March 2017

    I won't go into too much detail about the plotline as other reviewers have already done so (and done an excellent job of it).Loved the first book and loved this one too. Couldn't quite bring myself to give it a 5* as it flagged a little in places and, in others, Thomas was irritating me a smidge. For a supposedly educated man he is a bit of an idiot at times.But the books are wonderfully evocative and I'm looking forward to book 3.

  • By Tuor mac on 24 April 2017

    Thoroughly enjoyed this second instalment in the Thomas Hawkins series.It's great to have a change from Tudor set mysteries.The details of Georgian life are absorbing; Kitty and Tom make for likeable protagonists; the plot is pacy, with plenty of twists - a definite page turner.Can't wait for the next instalment, and I hope for more adventures in the future.

  • By peter david mitchell on 4 June 2017

    A gripping tale which is well plotted with twists and turns plus plenty of action and suspense. The characters are well drawn and believable. There is plenty of scope to develop further adventures for Thomas Hawkins and I shall eagerly await the next book in what should become a long running series.

  • By jazzy2 on 12 August 2017

    This is an excellent sequel to The Devil in the Marshalsea although it is a stand alone book. The author creates an atmospheric and colourful background for Thomas's adventures along with the feisty Kitty. It's a brilliant historical crime story which will keep you reading until the end!

  • By Loopy Lou on 25 July 2017

    This is the second book of Thomas Hawkins I've read, the first being The Marshalsea. I thoroughly enjoyed it, infact I found it hard to put down!The streets, the smells, the time, came through the book so much so, I was almost there. I recommend this book.

  • By Kindle Customer on 28 August 2016

    I really enjoyed this book. It is very entertaining and easy to read. I found that I could not put it down until I had finished it . I look forward to the next episode of Tom Hawkins adventures.

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