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Chris Nickson

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I'm a novelist and music journalist, the author of many books set between the 1730s and 1950s in Leeds, as well as others in medieval Chesterfield and 1980s Seattle.

Above all, though, its Leeds I love, the people, the sense of the place changing with time. Yes, I write mysteries, but ultmiateoly they're books about people and their relationships, and the crime becomes a moral framework for the story.

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Chris Nickson I'm currently revising what will be the seventh Tom Harper novel. This summer The Dead On Leave will appear, a standalone set in Leeds in the 1930s. T…moreI'm currently revising what will be the seventh Tom Harper novel. This summer The Dead On Leave will appear, a standalone set in Leeds in the 1930s. The end of September will see The Hanging Psalm, the first in (I hope) a new series, talking place in the 1820s and featuring Simon Westow, a Leeds thief-taker and his his enigmatic and deadly young assistant, Jane.(less)
Chris Nickson Hi Julia,
The fourth in the series came out this summer in the UK - I'm guessing elsewhere soon, if not already. Beyond that i'm not planning more. But…more
Hi Julia,
The fourth in the series came out this summer in the UK - I'm guessing elsewhere soon, if not already. Beyond that i'm not planning more. But I didn't plan this one, either, so never say never. I'm glad you enjoy them, and thank you so much for reading.
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The Reality Of Old Leeds

“The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there.” – LP Hartley





Novelists writing books that take place in the present day have to set the scene, of course, and create the sense of place. But the world they describe is one that’s essentially familiar, whether it’s in Britain, the US, or even Mongolia. Dickens’s readers understood the world he was describing, even if part of it f

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I read this book when it first came out, a couple of years after 9/11, when the world seemed upside down and volatile. See it again, I wondered how it could have stood up to time. After all the world, especially the world on the Internet, of the cutt ...more
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Winslow's Cartel trilogy has grown. The first book was a decent thriller, then The Cartel was outstanding. The Border is an epic novel of the Americas. Brutal and compassionate, telling the stories of those at the very top and those at the bottom, li ...more
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Roger can write like a dirty, noir dream that thrashes in the small hours. Her London in the bleak, still-bombed-out winter of 1947 lacks any of the sunlight of Chander's California, but she takes her cue from him, although by way Phillip Kerr's Bern ...more
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I've long been a fan of Donna Leon, not just for the way she makes Venice such a lively, tactile place, but also for Brunetti, his family and colleagues. But in this book she's outdone herself. A story that starts simply and becomes labyrinthine. The ...more
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One thing about Sandford: he always satisfies. Whether it's with Davenport or Virgil Flowers, he balances the wit and the violence, the tension and release, just perfectly. Davenport keeps growing as a character, now settled in with the Marshals. Fro ...more
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