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.
A tale that more than matches its predecessors for pace and atmosphere.
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.
Antonia Hodgson weaves a fantastic tale of both fact and fiction and emerges with a thoroughly enjoyable romp of a story.
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.
A glorious Georgian mystery...irresistible
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.
A delightfully enjoyable standalone thriller. It crackles with wit and charm and cements Hawkins'place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction *****
Sharp, funny and wearing its antiquity lightly, this is historical crime that contemporary readers can relate to
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
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
An immensely enjoyable adventure story from its dramatic prologue to its chilling finale
A page-turner full of suspense and intrigue. I loved it!
Antonia Hodgson has a real feel for how people thought and spoke at the time - and God knows, that's a rare talent
Something new in the world of historical crime fiction, with mesmerising detail and atmosphere
Hodgson has a knack for convincing dialogue that crackles with period cadence and flavour
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 fiction just doesn't get any better than this
At times Hodgson even rivals Dickens
Any historical fiction enthusiast who isn't a Tom Hawkins fan, has probably just not read any yet