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Cold Cruel Winter (Richard Nottingham #2)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  142 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Second in the highly-acclaimed Richard Nottingham historical mystery series 1732. Richard Nottingham, Constable of the City of Leeds, is grieving the death of his daughter, but he must rouse himself from his lethargy when the body of wealthy wool merchant Samuel Graves is discovered, his throat slit, the skin razed from his back. Why would the killer want Graves' skin? Whe ...more
ebook, 224 pages
Published December 23rd 2011 by Severn House Digital (first published September 1st 2011)
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Jan 05, 2012 Skyler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not just that I used to be married to the Leedsman author that makes me say this is a scintillatingly good read. And I have a hard time with most historical mysteries (for example, I eventually gave up on Anne Perry even though I quite liked her books for awhile). The authors of such tend to adopt a serious, rather plodding style. Chris's first book in this series started out with a bit of that plodding nature but soon broke out of it. My only reservation, the only thing that keeps that fin ...more
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Oct 25, 2014 Judith rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I was surprised by how much I liked this. It is set in 1732 and features Richard Nottingham, a Constable of the city of Leeds.

I have read other mysteries set in the past and have found many irritating in their attempts to have people speak as they did then. Much of the written word in the 1700s was not the same at all as the spoken word. Yet many writers will take the flowery speech of the past writings and hav
Nov 27, 2011 Berrendsci rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history, crime
Nice book. I enjoyed the author's depiction of the grittiness of historical Leeds in the winter. The story took back seat to the setting, and, in this case, there is absolutely nothing wrong with that
Lois Freeman
Apr 04, 2013 Lois Freeman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second in the Richard Nottingham series. A thoroughly enjoyable read...even better than the first one...'the Broken Token'.
Aug 16, 2014 Spuddie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another interesting tale set in 1780's Leeds, UK featuring the Constable, Richard Nottingham. I really like this author's easy-to-read writing style and his descriptions really evoke a sense of place and time. It's difficult to give much of the storyline without throwing spoilers out there, so suffice it to say that Richard and his deputy constable John Sedgwick are on the trail of a killer--and after receiving a 'gift' from the killer with his full confession after the death of a local merchant ...more
Apr 28, 2014 Vanderlleef rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I very much enjoyed reading this novel--the second in the Richard Nottingham series. As with book #1 The Broken Token Nickson does an excellent job making you feel as if you were a part of 18th century Leeds. With this book, I really started to connect with the characters. (I also read it at the end our own very cold cruel winter, so I'm sure that didn't hurt!) The plot was interesting and well paced. I couldn't wait to start Book #3.
Jun 21, 2013 Kathleen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Nickson appreciates his Leeds history and writes a very fine mystery. Richard Nottingham, as Constable of this hard and gritty city during a bleak period, is an extremely well developed character who helps the series shine. Nottingham's family and cohorts are equally convincing and believable. A difficult time and place to be alive for many and the author illuminates it well.

The difference between the haves and have nots in England in the 1700s is stark and Nottingham is not on the upside
May 26, 2011 D.J. rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cold Cruel Winter is the second in the Richard Nottingham series by Chris Nickson. The novel focuses on the events that take place during the winter months drawing the reader into the harsh reality of winter life in 1732 where poor and rich alike had to endure the discomforts that this season brings. A couple of new characters are added to the mix and a couple are taken away but the majority of those that were introduced in the first novel remain. Be prepared to despair, rejoice and commiserate ...more
Jan 10, 2012 Kaye rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chris Nickson has done it again with his latest historical mystery, Cold Cruel Winter, starring Constable Richard Nottingham. During the horrible, cold winter of 1732 in Leeds it seems everyone in the city has lost a loved one and that includes the Constable himself, but as the winter starts to end even more evil arrives in the form of a sadistic killer and it's the job of Nottingham and his deputy to find him before he kills again.

Nickson paints a picture so clear you feel the cold and eventual
I really enjoyed this book, in spite of the way home life and the women were depicted. The Constable, his Deputy, and even the Constable's boy all had ministering angels at home. (One point about daughter Emily, though: who the heck does not know how to sweep?!). These of course are not really part of the main story, which revolves around the hunt for a sadistic killer, whose identity -- but not whereabouts -- we learn early on. So it's not a whodunnit type of mystery; it's more about how to fin ...more
This book contains one cold cruel winter! And the theme throughout the book is revenge. This book also includes seeing through the killer's point of view, not once of my favorite things, but it was kept short. The story was much more focused on finding the killer for one crime and killers for two other incidents. I hope the spring was beautiful in Leeds after this terrible winter.

Highly recommended.
Pretty well done, and avoids some of the annoying villain tropes. But the women are all interchangeable so whenever the scene shifts, it was hard for me to figure out who was who each time.

And I'm so sick of the hero's fringe being mentioned over and over. Good lord, enough with the fringe!
Elizabeth C
Jan 02, 2014 Elizabeth C rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is fascinating because it really transports the reader into 1731 Leeds in all its grime, corruption and squalor that is the world of its characters. I love historical fiction and this is top-notch.
Sep 23, 2013 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book. Well done on all fronts.. character development, plot, etc. Cannot wait to read the next in the series.
Jan 04, 2013 Violet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
This book is a must read! Five stars is not enough. I look forward to reading the next book by Chris Nickson.
Melinda Elizabeth
Feb 14, 2013 Melinda Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was great, nicely paced and intriguing enough to keep you going.
C. Atteridge
Apr 03, 2012 C. Atteridge rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
love historical fiction! learned a lot about leeds, england of olde.
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I'm a novelist and music journalist, the author of the six Richard Nottingham series of crime novels, sets in 1730s Leeds. I'm also the author of audiobook/ebooks Emerald City and West Seattle Blues, set in the 1980s Seattle music scene, and The Crooked Spire, which takes place in Chesterfield in 1361.

I've also written the Tom Harper mysteries, set in Leeds in the 1890s - Gods of Gold and, coming
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