Book Review: Turpin’s Assassin: Hero. Highwayman. Legend by Richard Foreman

Genre: Historical fiction
Publisher: Sharpe Books
Pub date: 25 August 2021
Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

The highwayman Dick Turpin is now as famous as he is infamous.

His next ride could be his last.

Turpin travels to London, to sell on his latest haul to the fence, Joseph Colman, and see his mistress, the actress Marie Harley.

But the aristocrat and assassin, Pierre Vergier, has also recently travelled to the capital. The Frenchman is a hunter – and he has been given the name of his next prey.

But all is not what it seems.

Turpin negotiates his way through the criminal underworld and English society – realising that no soul is free from sin or folly. Including his own.

The hunter will become the hunted – and the outlaw will seek justice.

Having read Foreman’s books on the crusades I was interested to see a different era and was not disappointed. We all know the story of the famed highwayman Dick Turpin and Foreman has created this story based on weaving fact and fiction to give Turpin a brilliant character.

This is fairly short but very enjoyable,Β  it has other great characters to add to the storyline and Foreman explains which characters and details are based on fiction at the end of the book.
This is a great little action story as Turpin races to save his own reputation and life along with others. As Turpin arrives in London you can almost see and smell the scenes described by Foreman and the extravagance as he joins high society for a garden party.
But as danger rears its head Turpin is forced to act along with his faithful friend Nathaniel Gill.


Foreman has a way of setting scenes and the mood perfectly regardless of what era he is writing about.
If you’re looking for a fairly short story that’s fast paced, has great characters and moments of humour then this may be for you, I’m certainly looking forward to the next instalment.

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