As a founder member of Mystery Women in 1997, promoting Crime Fiction has always been my passion.
Following the closure of Mystery Women, a new group was formed on 30th January 2012 promoting crime fiction.
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Published by Severn House, 16 November 2016. ISBN 978-0-7278-8643-9
atmosphere of Leeds in the late 19th century really comes through in this book.
The evocation of the sights and sounds of the city and , in particular,
the smells gives us a superb evocation of the grime of a Northern
industrial city then. The harsh smells permeate the clothes of the
workers in a chemical factory and the hopeless odour of poverty surrounds the
woman who has been forced by the death of her husband to take her family into
the workhouse. On the brighter side the park with its outdoor concert
provides a pleasant experience.
We are following the work of
Detective Inspector Tom Harper as he investigates the discoveries of 2 bodies
in water. These are 2 separate incidents - one body is found in the lake
at Roundhay Park after a demonstration of a new naval weapon - a torpedo; in
the other case, only part of a body is found in the River Aire.
A cast of characters is well
presented and the mysteries gradually get unravelled by Inspector Harper.
The depth of background material and the variety of well described
characters lifts this book from the mere detective story level.
Chris writes a series set in 1730s
Featuring Richard Nottingham on Leeds; The
Iron Water is the third book about Harper in the 1890s.
Nickson was born and raised in Leeds.
He is the author of the Richard Nottingham books, historical mysteries set in
Leeds in the 1730s and featuring Richard Nottingham, the Constable of the city,
and his deputy, John Sedgwick. The books are about more than murder. They're
about the people of Leeds and the way life was - which mean full of grinding
poverty for all but the wealthy. They're also about families, Nottingham and
his and Sedgwick, and the way relationships grow and change, as well as the
politics, when there was one law for the rich, and another, much more brutal,
for everyone else. In addition to this Chris is also a music journalist,
reviewing for magazines and online outlets
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.