[Free eBook] The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson [Historical Murder Mystery]

The Devil in the Marshalsea by Antonia Hodgson is the 1st novel in her Thomas Hawkins series of historical murder mysteries, free for a limited time courtesy of publisher Hodder & Stoughton.

This won the CWA’s 2014 Historical Dagger Award and was also a finalist for their John Creasy New Blood Dagger Award for best UK-debut crime novel. The series is set in London, England, in the 1720s, and this installment lands the protagonist in the titular debtors’ prison, where he must solve a murder whose chief suspect is his cellmate.

Offered in many worlwide regions outside of North America, including Europe, Oceania, South America, and and Japan, available at multiple retailers.

Free for a limited time, available in most worldwide regions outside North America @ Amazon UK, [iTunes UK][], Kobo, Google Play, Sainsbury (UK). Try switching the country codes in the URLs to see if it’s also free for your region. This is the featured Free Book of the Week in the iTunes UK store, and appears to also be free in Europe, Australia, Brazil, and Japan at the very least, though some retailers may not have the freebie available in all the countries.

This is not available in North America because the publishing rights are held by a different company imprint.


Longlisted for the John Creasey Dagger Award for best debut crime novel of 2014.

London, 1727 – and Tom Hawkins is about to fall from his heaven of card games, brothels and coffee-houses into the hell of a debtors’ prison.

The Marshalsea is a savage 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 squalor and disease. And those who try to escape will suffer a gruesome fate at the hands of the gaol’s rutheless governor and his cronies.

The trouble is, Tom Hawkins 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 one way: to 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 twisting mystery, a dazzling evocation of early 18th Century London, THE DEVIL IN THE MARSHALSEA is a thrilling debut novel full of intrigue and suspense.


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