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Review at classicmysteryblog A new historical series form Leeds Writer Nickson And This writer Nickson and This We Re In 1820 we re in 1820 found this one darker than the other series although all are crime books I think possibly because unlike the others Simon Westow isn t a policemansheriff but a thief taker he finds stolen goods an I read uite a lot of historical fiction so I was very pleased to be advanced a copy from Netgalley I found the story and historical detail lacked complexity and there was a lot of telling not showing This is an njoyable read Dark deeds and vengeanceI m loving the lead character Simon Westow and in particular his assistant Jane A damaged young woman who does what she has to survive on the dark streets of the underbelly of Regency 1820 s LeedsSimon a t Having read a couple of the Harper books I brought this first Simon Westow book home and A Wanted Man (Silhouette Intimate Moments, enjoyed it It provides a good historical snapshot of Leeds 1820 Westow has two sons with wife Rosie and operates out of his home as a thief taker Essential to his work is a young girl Jane who knows how to shadow people In thisntry Westow is hired to find a kidnapped daughter of a Mill Owner There Is owner There is My Spy (Mission: Impassioned, enough danger to go around and plenty of stabbings between the core groupWestow also testifies to a group of Commissioners who want to bring reform to child labor in the mills something Westow was subjected to as a childLibrary Loan Thief taker Simon Westow is the latest of Chris Nickson s superbly drawn historical sleuths and having greatlynjoyed the rest of his work I m hoping that this is the first in another series The author s storytelling is beautifully balanced between suspense and action the characters rich and vibrant the historical background in this case Regency Leeds as always Until You Loved Me (Silver Springs, engaging detailed and authentic I d love to see these books attract a larger audience I canasily seem them being adapted for television where the vivid de Never vanishing Never fadingChris Nickson sets the stage for The Hanging Psalm with Simon Westow appearing before the Child Labour Commission It s 1820 in Leeds and the heaviness in the air reflects the somber tone of his statement Simon has carried the The Baby Album emotional and physical burden of his seven years from age 6 to 13 in a government workhous. Ning his clients' stolen possessions But when John Milner a successful Leeds businessman seeks out Simon's services to find his kidnapped daughter Hannah it's clear he faces a challenge like no otherAccompanied by hisnigmatic and capable young as. .
The Hanging Psalm by Chris Nickson Is A Murder Mystery is a murder mystery in Secret Agent Minister and Deadly Texas Rose early nineteenth century Leeds England which also sheds a great deal of light on both the living conditions and the working conditionsndured by children of the poor Also mphasized by Nickson is the great divide which results from class structureThe protagonist Simon Westow manages to scrape out a life for his family by retrieving stolen property for wealthy individuals In The Hanging Psalm the stolen property he is tasked to find is a teenage daughter who indeed is little than property to her father and property he is tasked to find is a teenage daughter who indeed is little than property to her father and potential fiance Retrieving the young lady leads Simon and his delightful assistant through a tangled web of deceit and murder Ultimately it is realized that the vil being rendered upon Simon and all whom he loves is an act of revenge by a person from his pastNickson has done a great deal of research into the Leeds of 200 years ago He Her First Mother (Conveniently Wed, elouently describes the lack of sanitation the buildings the roads and the various types of people and occupations that could be found therein He isspecially poignant when describing the lot #Of The Poor And # the poor and in a time when there was absolutely no social network available His descriptions leads one to reflect on the progress that may or may not have been made by modern day societyAll in all The Hanging Psalm is an Welcome Home, Cowboy (Wed In The West, exciting and suspenseful read which accurately reflects its time and placeI received a free copy of thisbook via NetGalley in xchange for an honest review As with all Chris Nickson s books you can feel yourself sinking into history as soon as you start reading the first page I am familiar with the period and to my mind he has got the s and the morals spot on but I don t know Leeds so was fascinated by the descriptions of the cityThe story itself I found utterly believable the characterisation of Simon Jane and Rosie was very good I have always been drawn to the problems of the middle class and working class and this is a slice of life that Chris Nickson describes very well He pulls no punches so the book isn t an asy read by any means It does however feel very realI m looking forward to further stories featuring Simon Westrow and his world Great historical vocation but of a thriller than a mystery Full. Introducing thief taker Simon Westow in the first in a new historical mystery series set in Regency Leeds Leeds 1820 Thief taker Simon Westow knows all about lost property A boy from the workhouse he now has a comfortable business finding and retur. E after his parents died Even at age thirty the memories almost choke him in the re telling But not one commissioner asks for the names of the mill owners and overseers As usual cruelty Author Chris Nickson presents a gripping new the mill owners and overseers As usual cruelty Author Chris Nickson presents a gripping new set during the Regency period in his home city of Leeds featuring thief taker Simon Westow Simon is a product of the workhouse a place where the cruelty he suffered still causes him pain today albeit affecting his mental rather than his physical health Despite all of this he s managed to carve a niche for himself finding and returning stolen possessions to their rightful owners for a fee but when businessman John Milner calls on his services to find his kidnapped daughter Hannah it unleashes a terrifying chain of vents for Simon and his familyIt s 1820 and an adversary from his past will Between the Land and the Sea (Marinas Tales, entice Simon and his assistant Jane into the dark forbidding courts and alleyways of Leeds scary places where all manner of criminal activities occur Jane makes anxcellent partner but although she s lived with Simon and his wife Rosie and their two children for 2 years they still know very little about her she appears To Have No Feelings have no feelings all very cold and distant but she actually feels very deeply about things in her life she just doesn t show it to #the world she won t let anyone in but woe betide anyone who thinks they ll get #world she won t let anyone in but woe betide anyone who thinks they ll get better of her they might just pay with their lifeI really Gilligan Unbound enjoyed this one the characters were great the plot was gripping and the author really captured the sense of a place I ve previously read some of this author s books and I recognise and appreciate the research that goes into them because as well as including locations that stillxist today he also mentions a network of mean dirty cobbled yards and courts places where sunlight never penetrated these places actually Gone for Soldiers existed but have long since disappeared from the landscape of Leeds however the author manages to bring them vividly back to life in a most frightening manner and the bonus He has a real gift when it comes to writing good old fashioned historical crime If you haven t read any of his books yet you re missing a treatMy thanks to Severn House Publishers for my ARC for which I have given an honest unbiased review. Sistant Jane Simon takes to the dark shadowy streets of Leeds for information streets he knows like the back of his hand But hisnuiries lead Simon and Jane into great danger Could the answers lie in Simon's own past and an old nemy seeking reven.

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