Review & Giveaway: The Road to Newgate by Kate Braithwaite

The Road to Newgate by Kate Braithwaite

Publication Date: July 16, 2018
Crooked Cat Books
Paperback & eBook; 280 Pages

Genre: Historical/Mystery

What price justice?

London 1678.

Titus Oates, an unknown preacher, creates panic with wild stories of a Catholic uprising against Charles II. The murder of a prominent Protestant magistrate appears to confirm that the Popish Plot is real.

Only Nathaniel Thompson, writer and Licenser of the Presses, instinctively doubts Oates’s revelations. Even his young wife, Anne, is not so sure. And neither know that their friend William Smith has personal history with Titus Oates.

When Nathaniel takes a public stand, questioning the plot and Oates’s integrity, the consequences threaten them all.

"Moved me greatly and brought tears to my eyes. Gripping, moving and brilliantly captures this tense and sometimes brutal episode in late seventeenth-century English history." -Andrea Zuvich, Author & Historian

"A real pleasure to read," -Denis Bock, author of The Ash Garden & The Communist's Daughter

"Meticulously researched, vividly imagined, and deftly plotted. Rich, resonating and relevant." -Catherine Hokin, author of Blood & Roses, the story of Margaret of Anjou.

My Review


The best feeling in the world for me is when I find a new author that I absolutely adore, and I have found a new favorite in Kate Braithwaite!

Braithwaite has written a story filled with intrigue, danger, drama, and mystery. We are taken to 17th century London and introduced to a man named Titus Oates, the key instigator in the "Popish Plot". Now I had heard of Titus and the Popish Plot but never knew the details. Thankfully we have Braithwaite to help us out and she does it wonderfully. I pratically flew through the pages!

The main characters - Nathaniel and Anne - are wonderful protagonists, the setting descriptions are brilliantly written, the history is intriguing, and the dialogue is clever and witty.

Case in point....“Might I pick myself out of the gutter?” Nat asks. “Literally you may. I can’t speak for metaphorically.”

I don't want to go too much into the plot because if you're like me, you like to go in fresh and the synopsis above is a perfect starting point. I will say that The Road to Newgate is stellar historical fiction. I absolutely loved every minnute I spent reading this book, and I've already ordered Braithwaite's other novel, Charlatan, which I can't wait to devour as well.

There is also a helpful Author's Note at the end of the book, which is also a bonus with historical fiction books.

Kudos to Kate and thank you for the excellent read!

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About the Author

Kate Braithwaite grew up in Edinburgh but has lived in various parts of the UK, in Canada and the US. Her first novel, CHARLATAN, was long-listed for the Mslexia New Novel Award and the Historical Novel Society Novel Award in 2015. Her next book, THE ROAD TO NEWGATE was released on July 16, 2018.

Kate and her family live in West Chester, Pennsylvania.

For more information, please visit Kate's website and blog. You can also connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

Blog Tour Schedule

Thursday, January 10
Review & Excerpt at The Book Junkie Reads

Friday, January 11
Review at Passages to the Past

Monday, January 14
Guest Post at Short Book and Scribes

Tuesday, January 15
Review at Pursuing Stacie

Wednesday, January 16
Excerpt at Historical Fiction with Spirit

Thursday, January 17
Review & Excerpt at Locks, Hooks and Books

Friday, January 18
Feature at The Writing Desk
Feature at What Is That Book About

Monday, January 21
Review at Bookish Rantings

Tuesday, January 22
Feature at CelticLady's Reviews

Wednesday, January 23
Interview at Passages to the Past

Friday, January 25
Review at Coffee and Ink
Review at A Darn Good Read


During the Blog Tour we will be giving away a paperback copy of The Road to Newgate! To enter, please use the Gleam form below.

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– Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on January 25th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
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The Road to Newgate


  1. Oh love the look of this one and it's free!!

    1. It's seriously a STEAL! I can't wait to read her other book. She is a phenomenal writer!

  2. I'm always interested in the feud between the Protestants and Catholics. I would love to win it and read it.

    1. Yes, that was really interested to read! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Sounds good, if a bit darker than I usually read. Thanks!

    1. It was really good, Davida! Kate is a fantastic writer!


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