A Death at Fountains Abbey (Paperback)

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A Death at Fountains Abbey (Paperback)


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'In a tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere, Hawkins is forced into confrontation with a psychopathic killer...hugely enjoyable' The Sunday Times

'You will burn.'

Late spring, 1728. Fresh from his escape from the gallows, Thomas Hawkins has arrived in Yorkshire with his ward, Sam Fleet. But death still has a hand upon his shoulder, even in such idyllic surroundings.

John Aislabie, Tom's reluctant host, is being tormented by anonymous letters threatening murder. A disgraced politician, Aislabie certainly has plenty of enemies. But, trapped in a house haunted by old tragedies, Tom begins to suspect that the danger lies much closer to home. Someone is playing a subtle and deadly game of revenge, years in the planning. And now Tom is standing in their way...

Antonia Hodgson's first novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea, won the CWA Historical Dagger 2014 and was shortlisted forthe Theakston's Crime Novel of the Year, the John Creasey Dagger for Best FirstNovel and the HWA Debut Crown. It was also a Richard & Judy and WaterstonesBook Club selection. Her second book, The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins, was published in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim.Antonia was born and grew up in Derby and studied English at the University ofLeeds. She lives in London, where she works as an editor.

Product Details ISBN: 9781473615113
ISBN-10: 1473615119
Publisher: Hodder
Publication Date: November 23rd, 2021
Pages: 368
Language: English
A cracking murder mystery...The writing is clever, witty, eloquent and gripping, a real pleasure to read...you can almost feel that you are living in 18th century London. Historical fiction fans will lap this up, as did I.—Breakaway Reviewers

[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

A glorious Georgian mystery...irresistible—Essie Fox, Sunday Times Crime Club

A new book in Antonia Hodgson's Tom Hawkins series is a longed-for event and A Death at Fountains Abbey satisfies that longing from start to finish—The Bookbag

A page-turner full of suspense and intrigue. I loved it!—Novelicious

A rattling, rakish romp through Georgian London. More please!—William Ryan

A tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere.—The Sunday Times

A wonderfully convincing picture of the seamier side of eighteenth-century life . . . I very much look forward to discovering what Tom Hawkins does next.—Andrew Taylor, Spectator

An immensely enjoyable adventure story from its dramatic prologue to its chilling finale—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

Antonia Hodgson weaves a fantastic tale of both fact and fiction and emerges with a thoroughly enjoyable romp of a story.—Nudge

Antonia Hodgson's London of 1727 offers that rare achievement in historical fiction: a time and place suspensefully different from our own, yet real . . . A damn'd good read.—Elizabeth Kostova, author of The Historian

Any historical fiction enthusiast who isn't a Tom Hawkins fan, has probably just not read any yet—The Bookbag

At times Hodgson even rivals Dickens—Daily Express

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

Excellent, full of historical details and narrative verve. The characters are multi-layered, and the plot skips along rapidly ... I'm already looking forward to number four—Historical Novel Society

Fiendishly plotted and dropping with atmosphere. I cannot wait for Tom Hawkins' next adventure.—Mark Billingham

Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this—Jeffrey Deaver

Historical fiction just doesn't get any better than this . . . Tom Hawkins is one of the best protagonists to come along in years. Magnificent!—Jeffery Deaver

Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour—Daily Mail

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

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

Hodgson's firm grip of characterisation and plot produces an occasionally outrageous, mischievous, entertaining and immensely enjoyable adventure story from its dramatic prologue to its chilling finale.—Crime Review

I love Antonia Hodgson's slightly wicked sense of humour and it's put to good use here and her clear affection for Tom and Kitty and Sam, as well as her enthusiasm for the period, is infectious. This is such a strong series and I hope it goes on and on.—For Winter Nights

Intelligent and engrossing reading.—The Sunday Times


Sharp, funny and wearing its antiquity lightly, this is historical crime that contemporary readers can relate to—Sunday Times, Crime Book Club of the Month

Something new in the world of historical crime fiction, with mesmerising detail and atmosphere—Financial Times

Take a rip-roaring ride through Georgian London's back streets with THE LAST CONFESSION OF THOMAS HAWKINS. This historical mystery by Antonia Hodgson is wonderfully atmospheric and entertaining.—Good Housekeeping

Through an admirable amount of research the award-winning author has used real people, events and settings to create a delightfully enjoyable standalone thriller. It crackles with wit and charm and cements Hawkins' place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction.—Daily Express

[A] fun, twisting, shock riddled masterpiece that ends way too soon. As Thomas heads towards his fate, we may or may not see him again but hopefully we'll see much more of Antonia.—The Bookbag

A delightfully enjoyable standalone thriller. It crackles with wit and charm and cements Hawkins'place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction *****—Daily Express