Jumping into the Thames.
Removing your own fingernails.
Inviting the Westboro Church over for dinner.
Reading Fifty Shades of Gray Freed. Not just the sex scenes - ALL OF IT.
I know that can seem harsh, but let me explain.
This books seemed to have it all - mystery, adventure and history! It had clever little turns of common modern phrases (It's Greek to me >> it could have been in Hindustani). I ...more
I went into this book with no expectations. I'd never heard of it but I came across it at a used book store, saw that it was set during the Regency period, and decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did because I ended up really liking it. It features Matthew Hawkwood, a former rifleman in the British army, who now earns his living as a Bow Street runner. There was some interesting history and a satisfactory ending. I'd like to see future books delve a little deeper into Hawkwood's char ...more
This is a historical and mystery novel which is based on the Regency London.
The most interesting part of this book is showing the first attempt of the construction of an undersea boat by Robert Fulton, in December of 1799.
The idea of this American inventor was to use his weapon by the French government a giant the British Navy after Bonaparte fall.
The Nautilus was then built at the Perrier workshop in Rouen and was successfully tested and sailed first in July...more
McGee, James – 1st in series
***Matthew Hawkwood, a former soldier and a sharpshooter, is now one of ten Bow Street Runners. When Highwaymen stop a coach and kill a government courier, Hawkwood is called in to find them. In time, he finds what he is really seeking is the contents of the couriers pouch and those behind a plot to destroy the strength of England’s war fleet.
*** Hawkwood, for all this reputation as a top ...more
This is the first of a series following Matthew Hawkwood, ex-Ranger sharpshooter (a la Sharpe's Rifles) with a shady past and now one of the elite and still shadowy Bow Street Runners.
The story gets a bit wacky. It begins with a highwayman and his apprentice robbing a coach and brutally killing the coachman and a courier for no apparent reason. Hawkwood is assigned to find the murderer and this case keep ...more
And that is the case Matthew Hawkwood, an ex-army officer and now one of the best Bow Street Runners, is assigned to solve.
I loved how the hero is introduced. Two urchins pick-pocketed some officers and then ran to the place they live. Mother Gant lets them live with her as long as they bring whatever they steal. ...more
This was a fairly entertaining read, but I'm not sure if I can be bothered with the sequels. ...more
A very satisfying historical mystery/thriller and a very promising start to this series set in Regency England.
I adore the name Hawkwood, it being the surname of one of my original characters, and so obviously enjoyed the story of Matthew Hawkwood, a skilled thief-taker for the Bow Street Runners.
McGee does an excellent job with the setting and you can tell he understands the history and culture of the period and can convey that well to his readers.
I have had this title on the tbr list for a long time and eventually got round to reading it. The story us set in the years during the Napoleonic wars is is about a plot involving the first submersible or submarine as we know them. All in it was a very enjoyable tale and I will be readingtherezt in the series.recommended.
What a rollicking good read. Fast paced. Great characters. Good plot. One of those books you really don’t want to put down. Great fun, and I’m thoroughly looking forward to volume two.
This is the second time I have read this novel. I really enjoyed it both times. Although I had forgotten the storyline from the first time I read it. Anyhow its a cracking novel well written. Great characters, I highly recommend it. I am going to read the next novel in the series.
James McGee was born into an army family. He was educated in Gibraltar, Germany and Belfast, giving him a love of travel, which is evident in his meticulous, vivid portraits of diverse people and places. His career has encompassed banking, bookselling and thirteen years in ...more