It's 1727. Tom Hawkins is damned if he's going to follow in his father's footsteps and become a country parson. Not for him a quiet life of prayer and propriety. His preference is for wine, women, and cards. But there's a sense of honor there too, and Tom won't pull family strings to get himself out of debt-not even when faced with the appalling horrors of London's notorious debtors' prison: The Marshalsea Gaol.
Within moments of his arrival in the Marshalsea, Hawkins learns there's a murderer on the loose, a ghost is haunting the gaol, and that he'll have to scrounge up the money to pay for his food, bed, and drink. He's quick to accept an offer of free room and board from the mysterious Samuel Fleet-only to find out just hours later that it was Fleet's last roommate who turned up dead. Tom's choice is clear: get to the truth of the murder-or be the next to die.
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by Antonia Hodgson
by Antonia Corrales
by Antonia Fraser
by Antonia Honeywell
by Clare Hodgson Meeker
by Frances Hodgson Burnett
by John R. Lee, Jesse Hanley
by Nancy Springer
by Laurie David, Cambria Gordon
"Antonia HodgsonÕs historical thriller is a fascinating look at the conditions of the notorious eighteenth-century debtorÕs prison, the Marshalsea. Narrator John Lee brings the characters to life, differentiating their voices and imbuing them with vivid personalities. Tom Hawkins finds himself imprisoned in the Marshalsea, sleeping in a room whose last occupant either killed himself or was brutally murdered. The story has nearly endless twists and turns, although Hodgson brings everything together for an immensely satisfying ending. Between HodgsonÕs plotting and LeeÕs narration, this is an exciting and atmospheric listening experience. J.L.K. © AudioFile 2014, Portland, Maine"
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