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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Creme de la Crime; First World Publication edition (30 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1780290551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1780290553
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.8 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 955,625 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I'm 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.

And now there's a new series, mysteries again, set in Leeds in the 1890s and featuring Detective Inspector Tom Harper of Leeds Police.

Why Leeds? It's where I was born and raised, and that puts a place in your bones. You know it the way you can never quite know anywhere else...but that said, I spent a little while living near Chesterfield, which gave rise to The Crooked Spire

In addition to this I'm also a music journalist, reviewing for magazines and online outlets, something I've been doing since the mid 1990s, specializing these days in world and roots music. Much of that was in Seattle, a city I do love, and inspired Emerald City and the follow-up, West Seattle Blues.

Candace Robb, author of the excellent Owen Archer and Margaret Kerry mysteries, said this about my work:

"Chris Nickson's years covering the music scene clearly inform his writing--his Richard Nottingham crime novels are not just stories, they're total immersion experiences in the underbelly of 18th century Leeds. Clever use of period slang and vivid detail bring to life the people, the culture, the gritty reality of early industrial culture, brutal and dehumanizing. Constable Richard Nottingham is a shrewd, appealingly human man with a keen social conscience and deep roots in the city. His family and colleagues are portrayed with a warmth and sly humor worthy of Dickens. Immensely addictive, this series just keeps getting better."

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dee J Kirkby on 6 Nov 2013
Format: Hardcover
Fair and Tender Ladies is by far the best in the Nottingham series. I would advise you not to begin reading until you have a couple of days to indulge yourself because this novel will take you on an emotional roller coaster and you will find it difficult to put the book down.
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I have read every book in this series, and have not been disappointed with any of them, I wold not only recommended this book, but the whole series.
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By granuk on 17 July 2014
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Fantastic as always. Loved it
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Fair and Tender Ladies 1 Jan 2014
By Erin Davies - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Seduced by a gorgeous piece of cover art, I uncharacteristically opted out of my usual background reading, threw caution to the wind and jumped into Chris Nickson's Fair and Tender Ladies a virtual blank slate, far more familiar with the folk song from which it took its name than I was the author or his work.

A quick read, I found Nickson's work refreshingly entertaining. Where most period mysteries focus in some way on the privileged upper class, Fair and Tender Ladies takes place in the streets among the every day citizens of Leeds. Never having studied the city I can't speak to the accuracy of Nickson's portrayal, but I found the atmosphere he created within these pages, the authentic quality of the town and its inhabitants, very appealing.

Again, not having read this author before, I was pleased to discover Fair and Tender Ladies was written as a stand alone. Having started with the latest installment of the Richard Nottingham series I feared I'd be forced to play catch up for much of the novel, but this was not the case. While their pasts aren't fully explained, Nickson provides enough insight for new readers to feel as familiar with his cast as his older fan base.

A character-driven story with well-plotted mystery, Fair and Tender Ladies is a cleverly penned historical, rich in dramatic and period detail.
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Great! 13 Feb 2014
By Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
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I love this installment of the Richard Nottingham mysteries as I have enjoyed them all. Very well written and I look forward to finding out where Richard Nottingham goes from here.
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