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A Death at Fountains Abbey

'It crackles with wit and charm and cements Hawkins' place as the most lovable rogue in historical fiction.' Daily Express

The new twisting mystery from the CWA Historical Dagger 2014 winner Antonia Hodgson.

Late spring, 1728 and Thomas Hawkins has left London for the wild beauty of Yorkshire – forced on a mission he can’t refuse. John Aislabie, one of the wealthiest men in England, has been threatened with murder. Blackmailed into investigating, Tom must hunt down those responsible, or lose the woman he loves forever.

Since Aislabie is widely regarded as the architect of the greatest financial swindle ever seen, there is no shortage of suspects.

Far from the ragged comforts of home, Tom and his ward Sam Fleet enter a world of elegant surfaces and hidden danger. The great estate is haunted by family secrets and simmering unease. Someone is determined to punish John Aislabie – and anyone who stands in the way. As the violence escalates and shocking truths are revealed, Tom is dragged, inexorably, towards the darkest night of his life.

Inspired by real characters, events and settings, A Death at Fountains Abbey is a gripping standalone historical thriller. It also continues the story that began with the award-winning The Devil in the Marshalsea and The Last Confession of Thomas Hawkins.


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A Death at Fountains Abbey

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

    Crime Review
  • A glorious Georgian mystery … irresistible

    Essie Fox, Sunday Times
  • Sharp, funny and wearing its antiquity lightly, this is historical crime that contemporary readers can relate to

    Sunday Times, Crime Club Book of the Month

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