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The Crooked Spire (Mystery Press) [Paperback]

Chris Nickson
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1 Nov 2013 Mystery Press
1361: Orphaned by the Black Death, all John possesses are the tools that belonged to his father, a carpenter, and an uncanny ability to work wood. His travels bring him to Chesterfield, where he finds work erecting the spire of the new church. But no sooner does he begin than the master carpenter is murdered and John himself becomes a suspect. To prove his innocence John must help the coroner in his search for the killer, a quest that brings him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few. Chris Nickson brilliantly evokes the feeling of time and place in this story of corruption and murder.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (1 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752499173
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752499178
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 12.8 x 1.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 552,038 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.

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...

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.

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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About the Author

Chris Nickson is the author of the Richard Nottingham series, which includes "Come the Fear." A well-known music journalist, he's written many celebrity biographies as well as contributed frequently to numerous music magazines.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Home town murder 18 April 2014
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Saw this in our local bookshop, thought it would be interesting as we live in Chesterfield. Enjoyed it very much, just wish there had been a small map to show the area.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A most satisfying read 14 April 2014
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This novel was a most satisfying read, and by far my favourite of all the books written by this author that I have read so far. The Crooked Spire gave me everything I prefer in a story - love, laughter, suspense and some heart-in-my-throat scenes. The writing is generous, flooding my mind with imagery so alive that I could almost smell and touch certain parts of the church, market and surrounding countryside. I am hoping this is the first in a new series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars another series with any luck 21 Jan 2014
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well written, adequately plotted with at least one fairly realised character--in himself interesting enough, both complex and pleasant enough to want to spend time with. A good many potential lines of development already written in (consciously or not--hard to say) for the characters and their interaction without distortion.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from Chris Nickson 2 Jan 2014
By H.Taffinder - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read the Richard Nottingham series of books by Chris Nickson and wondered if I would enjoy this one as much. Well I loved it! As always well written, a great plot and lots of historical information in the background. Can't wait for the next one
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Historical Fiction 2 Dec 2013
By Kaye - Published on Amazon.com
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The year is 1360 and the story is fiction but this author has the ability to make the reader feel that they are there in that time and place in history. An excellent story, I highly recommend.

John, is orphaned at a young age all he possesses are the tools that belonged to his father, a carpenter. He finds work in the town of Chesterfield erecting the spire of the new church. But no sooner does he begin than the master carpenter is murdered and John himself becomes a suspect. To prove his innocence John must help the coroner in his search for his killer. He is befriended by a young boy, Walter, and with his help he begins a quest that will bring him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few.
5.0 out of 5 stars New series 5 April 2014
By John S. Ingley - Published on Amazon.com
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I hope t that this will be the beginning of anew series. John Carpenter is an excellent main character and l look forward to future adventures involving him. The writing style and character development is typical of Chris Nickson, that is to say excellent.
5.0 out of 5 stars Love Leeds~ 10 Feb 2014
By Kathleen Ingram - Published on Amazon.com
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Chris Nickson's writing mesmerizes me and I am transported to another place and time. I like that time and place and to prove it, I have located some ancestral ties to the area.Before my L'enfant family moved across to Ireland ( 1270s) they were in Shropshire and parts of Lancashire. That fact makes me happy!

The book is dedicated "to Penny, because that is her favorite"..Penny I agree! There was a lot of depth and astute character development, as well as an intricately complex mystery. John Carpenter (surnames just being assumed, folks) was a self made man who had warm memories of his parents as well as chilling ones of the pestilence that had recently ravaged the land. It is obvious that his resilience and resourcefulness allowed him to become a competent and loveable yung man.

The author is a superb historian as well as wanting to tell the story of the people of the English Midlands over the centuries. What better than a riveting plot, a fast paced narrative and entrancing characters to describe a population. I cannot wait for the next book in the series but do have one more to read of the Leeds books so will hop to it. I promised myself I will read books I love and not just books to review.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I really like this author 10 Feb 2014
By Margaret - Published on Amazon.com
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I have read all this guys books and I have enjoyed all of them. Start with Broken Token if your interested in the series.
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