Fair and Tender Ladies: A Richard Nottingham Novel

Chris Nickson. Severn/Creme de la Crime, $28.95 (224p) ISBN 978-1-78029-055-3
Effective portrayals of brutality and genuine emotion and loss distinguish Nickson’s well-crafted sixth Richard Nottingham novel (after 2013’s At the Dying of the Year). In 1734, Nottingham, Constable of the City of Leeds, carries out his duties despite his wife’s devastating death. His hopes for fulfillment now lie with his grown daughter, Emily, who has opened her own school for the poor, and who is seriously involved with Rob Lister, one of Nottingham’s assistants. He fears for Emily’s safety after vandals attack her school. Meanwhile, several people die unnaturally, including Jem Carter, a man who was searching for his 16-year-old sister. In addition, a former crime lord returns to town, and Nottingham again has to navigate a prickly relationship with his bosses. The author’s willingness to shake up the status quo marks this as one of the best historical series set in the first half of the 18th century. Agent: Tina Betts, Andrew Mann (U.K.). (Jan.)
Reviewed on: 11/04/2013
Release date: 01/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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