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Published by Endeavour Quill, 18 June 2018. ISBN:
setting is Leeds in late September 1936 just as the Abdication crisis is
brewing. The police in Leeds have a more pressing problem as the British
Union of Fascists has arranged a march with Oswald Mosley as the speaker.
It is obvious that there will be trouble with the local Communists, but
no-one expects the discovery of a dead body.
Detective Sergeant Urban
Raven is given the investigation and finds that the victim is a hated means
inspector. There is little on which he can base his enquiries, but he
tries to interview people who might have some knowledge. This is the
Depression, so Leeds is full of unemployed and desperate men. Raven finds
that the dead man enjoyed bullying those he investigated.
Raven and the other
policemen find themselves hampered by intra-police rivalries, an intrusive and
inaccurate Press and political machinations. Nevertheless, Raven battles
on as more deaths occur and his private life gets more complex.
The atmosphere of a
working-class city under the oppression of the Depression is beautifully shown
with the overall grinding poverty always present.
Reviewer: Jennifer S. Palmer
Chris Nickson has written
extensively within a Yorkshire setting with several series set in different
eras - 1820s, 1890s, 1950s and a number of stand-alones.
Nickson was born and raised in Leeds.
He is 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. In addition to this Chris is also a music journalist, reviewing
for magazines and online outlets
my reading life crime fiction has been a constant interest; I really enjoyed my
15 years as an expatriate in the Far East, the Netherlands
& the USA
but occasionally the solace of closing my door to the outside world and sitting
reading was highly therapeutic. I now lecture to adults on historical topics
including Famous Historical Mysteries.