A gripping historical thriller introducing Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood a sexy, dangerous and fascinating hero who hunts down thieves, spies and murderers in the crime ridden streets of Regency London Hunting down highwaymen was not the usual preserve of a Bow Street Runner As the most resourceful of this elite band of investigators, Matthew Hawkwood was surpriseA gripping historical thriller introducing Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood a sexy, dangerous and fascinating hero who hunts down thieves, spies and murderers in the crime ridden streets of Regency London Hunting down highwaymen was not the usual preserve of a Bow Street Runner As the most resourceful of this elite band of investigators, Matthew Hawkwood was surprised to be assigned the case even if it did involve the murder and mutilation of a naval courier From the squalor of St Giles Rookery, London s notorious den of thieves and cutthroats, to the brightly lit salons of the aristocracy and the heart of the British government, Hawkwood relentlessly pursues his quarry As the case unfolds and another body is discovered on the banks of the Thames, the true agenda begins to emerge And only Hawkwood can stop a dastardly plot that will end British mastery of the seas forever.
Ratcatcher A gripping historical thriller introducing Bow Street Runner Matthew Hawkwood a sexy dangerous and fascinating hero who hunts down thieves spies and murderers in the crime ridden streets of Regency

  • Title: Ratcatcher
  • Author: James McGee
  • ISBN: 9780007236459
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Ratcatcher”

    1. I really enjoyed this Regency historical adventure with impossible, but fun, near escapes. But there is also some meat to go along with the adventure, from the filthy, fetid stench of London's overcrowded streets and back alleys to the regimented broad shoulders of the Admiralty. Matthew Hawkwood is a strong, capable Bow Street Runner, soldier and spy, with a touch of danger about him. The catch phrase on the cover sums him up nicely "You don't send a gentleman to catch vermin. You send Hawkwood [...]

    2. In case the one star did not give it away, here are a few things I suggest rather than reading this book: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 Hindusta [...]

    3. 3.75 starsI 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 [...]

    4. Just arrived from UK through BM. 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 J [...]

    5. RATCATCHER (Bow Street Runner-London-Napoleonic) – GMcGee, James – 1st in seriesHarperCollins, 2006-Hardcover***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 [...]

    6. I liked this mystery/thriller which reminded me of John Dickson Carr's historical mysteries.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 [...]

    7. The prologue sets the dark tone for the whole book. The two highwaymen who robbed the coach killed a coachman and an officer in cold blood. One of them even cut off the officer's hand. 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. [...]

    8. Really enjoyed this story. It moves at a cracking pace and I found that I couldn't put it down. The hero is a deep character and I only hope to get to know him more with each book. It's set in the regency period of London with a lot of the action taking part in the slums and back alleys. The story has a number of twists and turns. The final scene was a great ending to the tale.

    9. I bloody loved this. High jinks in the early 1800's.Matthew Hawkwood is a wonderful character. Ex military sharp shooter, now a bow street runner - Matthew has a clear view of what is right and wrong (and that doesn't always match his bosses view). He's a lover as well as a fighter.Hawkwood is asked to investigate a violent highway robbery that resulted in 2 deaths. Amongst the valuables taken was a satchel that was manacled to a Lieutenant from the Navy (to get it the robbers had to cut his han [...]

    10. Matthew Hawkwood was an officer in the 95th Rifles before he became a Bow Street Runner and has too many similarities to Richard Sharpe!This was a fairly entertaining read, but I'm not sure if I can be bothered with the sequels.

    11. 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.

    12. This would make a good movie or mini series. It is a thrilling mystery set in London. For some reason, however, it feels a little too long. Perhaps because all the women are uninteresting crones or sex objects.

    13. First in the seriesI 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 seriescommended.

    14. I’m years behind all of you who are already fans of James McGee, but working on the premise that it’s better to be late than never I’m just glad that I’ve found him.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.

    15. A good Victorian mystery with plenty of ambiance and a main character that was easy for me to root for. There is a pretty explicit sex scene, but does turn out to be 'necessary' to the plot line later on. You can still skip the scene if you'd rather, just knowing that it happens will be enough. It can be bloody, and the author is not squeamish about the seedier aspects of life in Victorian London. This is not a 'feel good' romp through an imaginary Victorian London where everything comes up rose [...]

    16. You don’t send a gentleman to catch vermin. You send Hawkwood.Ratcatcher while being quite enjoyable is a ‘Goldfinger’ book. Have you ever watched Goldfinger? Have you noticed that James Bond doesn’t really do anything. He falls into nearly every trap, and in the end, one of the other characters (Pussy Galore) saves the day. Okay, Bond was the catalyst for Pussy’s change of allegiances, but really Bond didn’t do to much. That brings us to Ratcatcher by James McGee.Ratcatcher is a his [...]

    17. This book wasn't really bad, but it wasn't horribly great or original either. It was an entertaining enough read, and was interesting enough for me to get to the end, but apart from that, I really don't have all that much to say about it.I love the concept of the Bow Street Runners, and I must admit that I was a little disappointed that apart from the fact that Hawkood is one, we really didn't learn all that much about them. They were an awesome elite police force, almost like the Pinkertons, an [...]

    18. 3.5* An enjoyable story set in the seamier side of Regency London. I enjoy books which use a real event or invention in their storyline and this one did that with the submersible boat, which I did not know about previously. I look forward to reading more books in the series to see how the character development and relationships grow.

    19. ‘Ratcatcher’ is an easy read, for that I liked it. It had intrigue and brought to life the dirt and scum of Regency London. I enjoyed it so much I read both sequels ‘Resurrectionist’ and ‘Rapscallion’.The only thing that stops me from rating this as four stars is the blatant rip off from Bernard Cornwell’s ‘Sharpe’ series. The author even expressed some concern of the similarities between his Hawkwood and Cornwell’s Sharpe. So why the hell didn’t he change it? Here are a fe [...]

    20. Regency Era Techno-thrillerIf you're accustomed to the coupling of the word 'romance' with the word Regency in your novels, don't expect handsome earls and virginal beauties in 'Hawkwood.' What you'll get instead is revenge, intrigue and submarines coupled with a hero that could go toe-to-toe with those found in the novels by Crichton, le Carre, or Clancy. Hawkwood is a well paced, intriguing and tension-filled read that is grounded in actual events, has been well researched and well-written. Th [...]

    21. This was a fun read. It takes place in the same time period as Patrick O'Brian's Aubrey/Maturin novels (which are probably my favorite books ever). O'Brian's books give us a naval viewpoint; McGee's book is land-centered, following a London cop (but there's plenty of nautical intrigue in McGee's story, too, which I enjoyed). The descriptions of all the city urchins and criminals and the various ways they scrape out a living were great; I especially liked learning the names for different unlawful [...]

    22. In Ratcatcher, author James McGee introduces us to Matthew Hawkwood, one of the bow-street runners who kept law and order on the streets of regency-era London. A former rifleman and guerilla in the Pensinsular war, Matthew Hawkwood is tough, ruthless, and always ready for action.The story begins with the murder of a naval courier by highwaymen, which Hawkwood is commissioned to investigate. From the beginning it looks like more than highway robbery gone wrong and, as these things usually do, the [...]

    23. **2.5 stars**When I read mysteries, I expect the MC to lead the action, instead of the action leading him, which was happened in this book. Hawkwood gets caught with his pants down, not once but TWICE, has to be rescued, clues falling on his lap and the villains conveniently sharing all their plans while at the same keeping Hawkwood alive when they should have killed him.My first inkling that this guy wasn't as smart as he's portrayed to be came when he decided to fight a duel for no reason. He' [...]

    24. I read this over a week ago and to be honest I only have the barest and briefest opinion of it; which I suppose speaks volumes about it.While it was not a piss-poor book, and certainly was worth the read, it was not original and failed to really captivate. It was very reminiscent of Sharpe, even down to Hawkwood's description ( the scar, and the way his smile 'transforms his face') and his history in the rifles. It felt as if he was taking Sharpe and putting him into a new line of work - as a Bo [...]

    25. I picked this book up for something like 99p in a Clearance sale in my local WH Smiths, and I have to say: it actually proved to be a better read than many other books that I've paid full price for.Set during the late Regency period, this is the era of the Napoleonic Wars, Affairs of Honour (i.e. forbidden duels), Highwaymen and the Bow Street Runners. Starting with the robbery of a coach, this builds up into a plot surrounding a (historically correct) invention that agents of France hope to use [...]

    26. A former army Captain and sharpshooter who is now a Bow Street Runner investigates a highway robbery and several murders which plunge him back into the conflict between Britain and Napoleon.An interesting enough plot with interesting enough characters, and yet at times it sort of dragged. It was like all the parts in between the action scenes felt like filler, and although the characters had good backstories, they still seemed superficial or artificial at times. I also didn't find McGee's portra [...]

    27. Hawkwood initially reminded me of Sharpe from the Bernard Cornwell novels, and after some more reading, he almost is Sharpe. He is in the same regiment - the 95th Rifles, he is a marksman, he has a loyal sergeant who saves his life periodically, he thinks with his dick and he has a knack for getting into trouble.I read some comments that the characters didn’t behave like Regency people, I would say that McGee is writing a book set in Regency times, not writing like a Regency novelist. Do they [...]

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