The Devil in the Marshalsea Epub Ù Devil in the PDF

The Devil in the Marshalsea ❅ [KINDLE] ✾ The Devil in the Marshalsea By Antonia Hodgson ➞ – The first thrilling historical crime novel starring Thomas Hawkins a rakish scoundel with a heart of gold set in the darkest debtors’ prison in Georgian London where people fall dead as uickly as th The first thrilling historical crime novel starring Thomas in the Kindle Õ Hawkins a rakish scoundel with a heart of gold set in the darkest debtors’ prison in Georgian London where people fall dead as uickly as they fall in love and no one is as they seem London Tom Hawkins refuses to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a country parson His preference is for wine women and cards But there’s honor there too and Tom won’t pull family strings to get himself out of debt—not even when faced with London’s notorious debtors’ prison The Marshalsea Gaol is a The Devil Epub / 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 sualor and disease And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of its ruthless governor and his cronies The trouble is Tom 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 Devil in the PDF ☆ one way do 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 dazzling evocation of a startlingly modern era The Devil in the Marshalsea is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.

10 thoughts on “The Devil in the Marshalsea

  1. Beverly Beverly says:

    Tricky tricky treat Hodgson serves up a rare delight in this story of a young man's desperate endeavors in the debtor's prison of Marshalsea in London in the early 1700sThe author based her account on a memoir written in the time period by a debtor who lived there and includes the actual scoundrels who ruled the Castle in those treacherous yearsHer main character is a thoughtless ne'er do well named Hawkins who expelled from his middle class life by his father is on his own in London living by gambling and drinking and sleeping around for fun He gets behind in his rent and is slapped with a warrant to pay it or he's off to prison He borrows a few pounds from his old friend a fellow student he studied divinity with and hopes to double it overnight so he can avoid gaol He does it On the way home he is robbed at knifepoint so he is back to zero again and shortly is taken to the infamous Hell hole How he manages or mismanages is the tale told here and it is a whopper

  2. Phrynne Phrynne says:

    This one started a bit slowly for me but about half way it gathered momentum and then raced through to an intriguing conclusionSet in the London debtor's prison of Marshalsea in 1727 the story follows the woes of a young man who has his entire worldly wealth stolen and ends up being arrested at the reuest of his creditors The whole book takes place over only a few days but to our main character Tom it seems like a life time The Marshalsea Prison did actually exist and the book has been thoroughly researched Some of the events that occur are truly horrific and the fact that they are based on real events makes them a very sad indictment on human natureI enjoyed all of the characters especially Fleet and of course we are aware all the way through that the redoubtable Tom will survive because this is only the first book in a series about him I look forward to seeing what mischief he gets up to next

  3. Josh Josh says:

    Set in a debtor's gaol in London 1727 The Devil in the Marshalsea provides for an insightful look at the harsh conditions the inhabitants had to ensure as a result of not being able to pay pitiful fines There's an island like mentality to the Marshalsea as the gaol grounds separates itself from the world around it; It comprises a uniue small community complete with a barber saloon tea house and other traders What's interesting is that some of the souls who inhabit the Marshalsea are there by choice choosing to live among the disease danger and sualor rather than try to return to the life that had prior to incarcerationMeticulously researched with the characters based off real life people this book does a great job at transporting the reader to a place most would struggle to comprehend as once being an actual place My rating 55 stars; as informative a period piece as it is entertaining with interesting characters and a murder mystery which kept me guessing until the very end I highly recommend readers giving this one a chance one of the finds of my tbr pile

  4. Erin Erin says:

    Find this and other reviews at you aren't imagining it That is a five star rating up there I understand it's a bit of a shock but books like The Devil in the Marshalsea don't come along every day and even I give credit where dueHard as it might be to believe this one sucked me from the start Author Antonia Hodgson hits the ground running setting a blistering pace that kept me engaged to the final page but momentum was far from the deciding factor in my opinion of her work She also took full advantage of London's disreputable history creating a chilling and deliciously authentic picture of lower class life in eighteenth century EnglandThe story itself is part social commentary and part good old fashioned fiction but the deft complexity of the novel's construction make it impossible to determine where one ends and the other begins It's layered but in such a way that one is hardly aware of its elaborate intricacies The heavy themes and details were balanced by an array of well defined and distinctly original characters These individuals were both captivating and memorable despite their uestionable virtues and served as a nice counterpoint to the grit of Tom's surroundings and the heightened tension of his situation I could gush all day but there's really no substitute for firsthand experience A clever tale of debauchery villainy and corruption The Devil in the Marshalsea isn't to be missed

  5. Shaun Shaun says:

    Disappointing I think that one word summarizes my experience reading The Devil in the Marshalsea While the prose were smooth the writing competent and the over all premise intriguing the story and the characters were severely lacking Forget the fact that I couldn't imagine the protagonist as a manor a woman for that matter He felt like a man written by a woman trying to sound like a man The character flaws of this novel went much deeper Not one character seemed to move beyond the second dimension and some never made it beyond the first Cookie cutter characters all the way and not particularly engaging or well developed ones Honestly I don't need my characters heros or villains to be nice in order to care about them I simply need them to have substanceto act in complex and interesting wayskind of like real people I did not find one character particularly engaging The only thing pulling me forward was the mystery which was decent enough to keep me interestedEverything felt too forcedtoo overwrittentoo choreographed I've read fantastical and magical characters in other wordly plots that felt probable than those offered in this piece of historical fictionIt wasn't horrible and if you like mysteries this might be worth your time on a rainy afternoon It's gotten a fairly high average ratingso who knows maybe this just wasn't a book for meI will add that I read this while reading several other books I often do that as I like to read fiction and non fiction concurrently to change it up with my mood Maybe the fact that I was enjoying my other readings so much made me overly critical of this one So if that is the case25 starstopsThis actually reminded me a little of The Gods of Gotham by Lynday Faye except where the Gods succeeded the Devil failed

  6. Bettie Bettie says:

    view spoiler Bettie's Books hide spoiler

  7. Wendy Wendy says:

    This fantastic novel was recommended by a GR friend who is also an author of some repute 5 stars awarded by this lady has to be thoroughly well deserved and having now listened to the audio version I was not disappointed In fact it's hard to believe that this is a debut novel so expertly and beautifully written as it is Tom Hawkins is a young man who has slipped off the straight and narrow originally intended for the church he has instead fallen into vices not exactly conducive to that calling Disowned by his Father he is living a hand to mouth existence in the worst areas of London in the early 18th century A well educated and intelligent young man reasonably skilled at playing cards and making a small living from it he nevertheless seems to court trouble It is this propensity which lands him in London's notorious Marshalsea debtors prison fighting for his very lifeFrom the day Tom arrives in the savage poverty stricken stinking cesspit that is Marshalsea he is at the mercy of its ruthless and evil Governor William Acton a man driven by money and power no matter how it is gained Antonia Hodgson has introduced a rich cast of characters which I was pleased to learn were in the main based on actual people of the time at or attending Marshalsea on a daily basis Because I listened to the audio version expertly narrated by Joseph Kloska these characters were all the real His range and depth of the various characters voices and there were many young old male female plummy accented or especially in the case of Acton downright rough and intimidating was superb I had no problem distinguishing between characters as this was all achieved in clear expressive and coherent speech with just the right amount of inflection and depth In particular his characterisation of the well spoken youthful slightly breathless voiced Tom or my favourite his portrayal of Samuel Fleet sly dark and dangerous but enigmatic He used a slightly bored drawling voice with just the right amount of menace to make him immediately recognisable and strangely compelling despite the fact that he struck fear into the majority of the inmates of the Marshalsea This is a wonderful atmospheric thoroughly researched and interesting novel of the times with vile murder and mystery thrown in for good measure The fact that the Marshalsea existed that the horrendous goings on happened are compelling and morbidly fascinating It's really hard to believe that this intriguing snap shot of a few days inside a debtors prison was reality for some of our ancestors Imagine being thrown into a hellhole like this because you owed a few pounds? Doesn't bear thinking about Charles Dickens later talked about the Marshalsea in his novel Little Dorrit his own Father having been an inmate This novel is not for the faint hearted but it's real and it happened and I highly recommend it I couldn't award less than 5 stars

  8. Amy Bruno Amy Bruno says:

    Yay I finally won a Goodreads giveaway

  9. Helen Helen says:

    This is a murder mystery with a difference being set almost entirely within the confines of an eighteenth century debtors' prison Our narrator Tom Hawkins is a young man who has rebelled against his clergyman father's plans for his future and is enjoying himself in London spending all his money on drinking and gambling After a big win at the card tables one night Tom is attacked on his way home and his winnings are stolen leaving him unable to pay his debts Taken to the notorious Marshalsea Prison he is horrified to discover that the last occupant of his cell Captain Roberts was murdered The killer has never been caught but Tom's new roommate the charismatic and mysterious Samuel Fleet is the man most people believe to be the murdererThe Marshalea is privately run for profit so it's not surprising that the prison governors want the killer identified as uickly as possible to avoid any further scandal Told that his only chance of being released depends on whether or not he can solve the mystery of Roberts' death Tom agrees to investigate Unsure who can be trusted and beginning to wonder whether such things as truth and justice even exist in a place as corrupt as the Marshalsea Tom eventually uncovers a web of betrayal and deception on a scale he could never have imaginedOther authors have written about the Marshalsea most famously Charles Dickens in Little Dorrit but Dickens' Marshalsea was a newer building on a site further down the road; set in 1727 Antonia Hodgson's novel refers to the original prison Not knowing anything at all about the Marshalsea this was uite an eye opening book for me I was aware that prisoners were often able to offer bribes in return for better living conditions and privileges but I hadn't realised there was such a great disparity between the fate of those who could afford to pay and those who couldn'tThe prison was divided into two sections The prisoners who had some money to spend or who had influential friends lived on the Master's Side which was almost like a complete town in itself with coffee houses bars restaurants and even a barber They had the freedom to move around and in some cases were even given permission to go out into London during the day For the poor people on the Common Side things were much worse Crammed into tiny cells and suffering from starvation disease and overcrowding they died at a rate of up to twelve a day Tom Hawkins whose best friend happens to work for Sir Philip Meadows Knight Marshal of the Marshalsea is lucky enough to find himself on the Master's Side but with the knowledge that if his luck should run out he could find himself thrown into the Common Side to meet his death with the othersThis is not a book for the faint hearted as there are some horrible descriptions of sickness torture and brutality not to mention the dirty sualid conditions the unfortunate inmates of the Common Side were forced to endure Knowing that this was an experience many people really did have to go through makes it even horrific Despite this I found The Devil in the Marshalsea very entertaining and fun to read The book is filled with larger than life characters and I was surprised to find when I read the notes at the end of the book that many of these people really existed and were mentioned in the diary of John Grano a debtor who spent a year in the prison from 1728 1729As a mystery novel The Devil in the Marshalsea kept me guessing right until the end I did not work out who the murderer was and even after the truth was revealed there were still plot twists and revelations to come As a work of historical fiction it's eually impressive; I loved the portrayal of eighteenth century London both inside and outside the Marshalsea I was so pleased to find that there's going to be a seuel to this book and I'm already looking forward to meeting Tom Hawkins again

  10. Susan Susan says:

    This atmospheric and enjoyable debut novel is set in 1727 London Tom Hawkins is a bit of a rake – having argued with his reverend father he has ended up in London living by his wits and skills at gambling When we meet him he is endeavouring to raise the money he needs to avoid a warrant out for his arrest due to a debt of just over twenty pounds which he owes to his landlord Having won half the money he needs on the turn of a card he is relieved and joyful and ignores the advice of his oldest friend the Reverend Charles Buckley to go directly home Instead he lingers with a pretty woman and has a drink or two which results in his being robbed in the way back to his lodgins Before long he is being marched through the streets to the infamous debtor’s prison Marshalsea Gaol His friend Charles lives with his patron Sir Philip Meadows who is the Knight Marshal of the Marshalsea; but there are no strings to be pulled which can extricate him from this predicamentThe author has clearly done a great deal of research and we are introduced to a wonderful cast of characters The prison is clearly a place where ironically for a debtor’s prison money can buy you pretty much anything – a better room a convivial atmosphere in the Tap Room and there is even a restaurant Everything has a price and if you can’t pay it then you are forced from the Master’s Side to the Common Side On the Common Side those without even enough coins to feed themselves are crammed into cells full of disease hunger and despair They rely on charity but that is in short supply in a place which is based upon corruption and is ruled under the violent and vicious eye of Head Keeper William ActonWhile Hawkins attempts to find his feet in this new world he is taken under the dubious wing of the feared Samuel Fleet His recent cell mate Captain Roberts was murdered and most of the prison believes Fleet to be the culprit Meanwhile Captain Roberts beautiful widow is haunting the prison demanding justice As unrest builds Hawkins is offered a chance of redemption If he can find out who murdered Captain Roberts then he may escape the walls of the Marshalsea That is of course if the murderer is an acceptable choice to Sir Philip Meadows – who is making an enormous profit from the prison and the prisoners and wants to keep it that wayThis is a well written and enjoyable historical mystery I enjoyed the setting – extremely well written and realistic – and I liked the characters Unlike many books the ending really was a surprise So often you read a really good novel and the ending is a little bit of a disappointment but this one did manage to catch me unawares A promising debut and I do hope that Tom Hawkins is given another adventure to solve Lastly I received a copy of this book from NetGalley for review

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *