TDitMarshalseaA well-deserved winner of the CWA Historical Dagger Award, The Devil in the Marshalsea is a cracking good page-tuner that grabs the reader in a bear-hug against the underbelly of Georgian Society. So effective is Antonia Hodgson’s storytelling that the adrenalin rush and stench of the experience lingers long after the last chapter is grudgingly finished. Elegantly plotted, with a neat unity of place and action packed into a few nerve-jangling days – the place being the infamous debtors’ prison, the Marshalsea, and the action being centred around the ‘do or die’ unravelling of a gruesome murder – this is a story that in its artful simplicity packs a powerful punch. Gets my ‘You must read this’ accolade.

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