A Nest of Vipers
‘Characterful, page-turning drama and a vivid mixture of research and imagination’ – The Sunday Times
A gripping tale of a group of larger-than-life con artists who roam the streets of eighteenth-century London.
Cato Hopkins is the youngest member of Mother Hopkins’s ‘family’ – a group of skilled fraudsters and pickpockets. There’s Addy, who can become a very convincing boy when she needs to; the beautiful Bella, who can charm any rich young man out of his fortune; Sam, an escaped slave and Cato himself, a young boy, who Mother Hopkins has taught everything she knows.
But old age is slowing Mother Hopkins down, and she wants to carry out one last con, a con to outdo all the cons that have gone before. And so the gang set about bringing ruin upon Captain Walker, a proud and cruel slave captain, who deserves to be taught a lesson or two .
A characterful, page-turning drama and a vivid mixture of research and imagination -- Nicolette Jones * The Sunday Times * A thoroughly engaging and entirely convincing yarn with a dash of Dickens and more than a hint of historic realism to help drive the thrust of the narrative -- Jake Hope * Achuka * Full of adventure and excitement, unexpected plot twists and colourful characters, this book is both entertaining and enlightening * Through the Looking Glass * Twists and turns, mystery and mayhem together with fascinating details about 18th Century London. I found this a hugely exciting read -- Mary Hooper
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