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Modern Crimes

(A WPC Lottie Armstrong Mystery #1)

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1924: still reeling from the effect of World War I, life in the city of Leeds is hard: poverty is rife, work is scarce, and crime is becoming more sophisticated. Bravely entering this maelstrom is one of the city's first policewomen to walk the beat, the resourceful, inquisitive, and practical WPC Lottie Armstrong. Eager to prove herself and determined to succeed, Lottie f ...more
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Published January 1st 2017 by The Mystery Press
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Kris - My Novelesque Life
Jan 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of historical mystery
RATING: 4 STARS
2017; History/Mystery Press

Following World War I, Lottie Armstrong is working as a Woman Police Constable in Leeds at Milgarth Police Station. Her husband, Geoff was injured in battle and they find out they cannot have children. She decides that working as a WPC is what she needs. Her husband is very encouraging of her job and the time it entails. Along with her partner, and the only other WPC, Cathy Taylor the two patrol Leeds, mostly interacting with women and children. The "rea
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Christine
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is my introduction to a local writer, Chris Nickson. He writes historical novels set in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Modern Crimes tells the fictional tale of Lottie Armstrong, one of the first policewomen.

It is 1924. Lottie Armstrong is in her twenties, married and plucky. She is a woman clearly out of her time. She enlists in the local police force in Leeds, as a WPC. As she is a woman, her main tasks are very restricted. She is on hand to deal with fallen women, school children playing truant
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Judy Lesley
I received an e-ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Trafalgar Square Publishing.

Having read several novels written by Chris Nickson, and enjoyed them, I did not hesitate to request this first book in the WPC Lottie Armstrong mystery series. The time is 1924 and Lottie (Charlotte) Armstrong is one of only two Women Police Constables on the Leeds police force, specifically Milgarth Police Station. Times are hard because of the previous war years and Lottie was pleased to be taken on by the pol
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Jen
Dec 09, 2016 rated it liked it
Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson

Although the Women Police Service was founded in 1914 to deal mainly with pimps and prostitution, the founders of the WPS took advantage of the war situation by replacing men who were involved with the war effort in the hope that women could continue advancing after the war.

Female officers were allowed to go into brothels, nightclubs and betting houses to observe and gather evidence of untoward behavior, but at the first sign of crime being committed, they had to
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Neil Spark
May 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's 1924 and Lottie Armstrong and her offsider, Cathy Taylor, are the only women in the Leeds, UK, police. Policewomen were considered good only for patrols and minor crimes. But Lottie's persistence enables her to show her detecting and people skills when a girl goes missing. And she goes way beyond that when she shows she is braver than her chauvinist male colleagues.

Modern Crimes has lots of period detail that will transport you to 1924 Leeds. There's plenty of suspense that will keep you tu
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Kristina
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016
Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson is the first book in A WPC Lottie Armstrong Mystery series. Charlotte “Lottie” Armstrong is a WPC (Women’s Police Constable) in Leeds, England. It is 1924 and Lottie is one of two female constables at the Millgarth Police Station. Lottie and her partner, Cathy Taylor are assigned the case of a missing, pregnant eighteen-year-old Jocelyn Hill. Jocelyn disappeared from Mrs. Allen’s home for unwed girls where she was staying (forced to stay by her mother). When the ca ...more
Kathleen
Oct 01, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was just an amazingly well done, and of course well researched mystery, and not my "usual" genre although that varies a bit. I try to read historical mysteries set in other countries than the US, and mostly different eras- medieval is a favorite. However Chris Nickson's mysteries make that criteria fly out the window.

1924 Leeds has partially recovered after WWI, although jobs are in short supply and crime is ramping up. Lottie Armstrong,WPC, is a female police officer in a period when wome
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Joan
Oct 18, 2016 rated it liked it
A well written and researched detective novel, particularly outlining the difficulties faced by the new police women in the force. Set in Leeds in the1920s.
Jan
Jun 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
I liked this book quite a bit, but was disappointed when I found out the next book takes place twenty years later. I wanted to read more about Lottie in the 1920's. I probably won't read the second book at this time since it's expensive and I'm not as interested in reading it.

I thought the mystery in this book was very good and I enjoyed reading about Lottie and her fellow female police constable Cathy Taylor. I could understand how frustrating it was for them to work only with women's problems
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Spuddie
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Very much enjoyed this first book in the Lottie Armstrong series. Set in Leeds, UK in 1924, Lottie is one of the first WPCs. Serving in a very limited role--patrolling and dealing with 'women's issues' such as the prostitutes, crimes by children, etc. Lottie longs to play a more active role as a policewoman, a detective, even. She does get tangled up in a murder investigation when CID realizes the potential benefit to having a woman conduct interviews with women, thinking they may glean more inf ...more
Janet
Aug 31, 2019 rated it it was ok
I was disappointed in this book. Although Nickson did a good job of creating time and place, and main character Lottie Armstrong was well drawn with long term potential, the story itself was disjointed and rather weak.
It was hard to follow why the ultimate villain was after Lottie at the end- what was the point? - or what the underlying reasons for the crimes actually were.
And then, discovering that the next book in the series jumps forward 20 years, gets rid of characters, and eliminates WPC fr
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Dawn Davies
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
I loved this book I loved the characters and the story, it's a great read ...more
Beverly
Mar 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: detective
Pretty good yarn but would I have liked it as much if it hadn't been set in Leeds? ...more
Judy
Sep 20, 2016 added it
Lottie Armstrong is een vrouw naar mijn hart. Een stille kracht , in een tijd dat het glazen plafond nog heel dik was, in een tijd dat vrouwen de plaats van mannen moesten innemen (post WO I). Ze is volhardend, intelligent en een uitstekende politievrouw. De verhaallijn is spannend en de beschrijvingen van Leeds en de maatschappelijke verhoudingen van die tijd maken het een tot een uitstekend boek. Een aanrader voor al degenen die houden van spannende boeken met net dat tikkeltje meer.
Jan Jones
Aug 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this first outing for WPC Lottie Armstrong. Written with Chris Nickson's trademark historical accuracy, it is set in Leeds during the inter-war years. Lottie herself is a good strong heroine, battling the prejudice she encounters as being one of the first two women police constables in Leeds. When events take a darker turn, she has her work cut out battling the restricions of the job as well as solving the overarching crime. ...more
Susan
Dec 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Leeds 1924 and WPC Cathy Taylor and Lottie Armstrong are the only two women constables in Leeds. That morning they are sent out to a home for unmarried mothers not knowing that this investigation will lead to murder and expose the criminal underworld of Leeds.
A very enjoyable mystery, an easy read and likable characters. Can't ask for more.
A NetGalley Book
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