Cold Cruel Winter: Book summary and reviews of Cold Cruel Winter by Chris Nickson

Cold Cruel Winter

A Richard Nottingham Mystery

by Chris Nickson

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Cold Cruel Winter by Chris Nickson
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  • Published Sep 2011
    224 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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? When Nottingham receives a slim, bound volume entitled The Journal of a Wronged Man he discovers the shocking answer – and it hurls him into a desperate battle for survival against a ruthless killer with old scores to settle.

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"Nickerson's follow-up to Broken Token (2010) is an exciting tale that explores the vast gulf between the rich and poor while delivering a first-rate mystery." - Kirkus Reviews

"Starred Review. Nickson, who does an excellent job depicting an honest, damaged policeman trying to seek justice at a time when influence trumps truth, may yet join the front rank of historical mystery writers." - Publishers Weekly

"The action plays out against a vividly realized historical background, and the well-drawn characters and sharp dialogue keep the story from being as cold and bleak as its landscape might lead readers to expect. A solid mystery with a memorable setting." - Booklist

"Cold Cruel Winter is rich with detail... an interesting and enjoyable book." - Euro Crime (UK)

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Chris Nickson Author Biography

Chris Nickson has written since he was a boy growing up in Leeds. At 21, he moved to the US, and spent the next 30 years there, returning to England in 2005, and finally full circle to Leeds. He's made a living as a writer since 1994, initially as a music journalist, specializing in world and roots music. These days there's far less of that, but he still produces a few articles and several reviews a year. He authored The NPR Casual Listener's Guide to World Music, a volume that's now long out of date.

His first novel, The Broken Token, came out in 2010, featuring Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds in the 1730s (there was a real Richard Nottingham, and that was his post, although it was probably largely ceremonial). There have been eight books in this series. Cold Cruel Winter was ...

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