Fair and Tender Ladies
by Chris Nickson

Richard Nottingham confronts an old enemy in the latest intriguing historical mystery

1734. When a young country lad requests the Constable’s help in finding his sister who has run away to Leeds to seek her fortune, Nottingham is not optimistic. Such girls usually end up as prostitutes – or worse. The following day, the young man is found dead, his throat slit.

The evening before his death, the victim had been seen in deep conversation with career criminal Tom Finer in the Bell Inn. Could there be a connection to his murder? Why has Finer returned to Leeds after a seventeen-year absence? And what really happened to the young man’s sister?

Then a second body is discovered floating in the River Aire – and Nottingham finds himself plunged into a murder investigation where nothing is as it seems.


“Nottingham’s latest adventure adds twists that may leave fans stunned.”

Kirkus Reviews

“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.”

Publishers Weekly Starred Review

“Nickson vividly evokes the culture and rhythms of 18th-century England in his historical series. Violent yet layered with compassion, his tales draw the reader into his characters’ world, demanding attention.”

Library Journal

“Nickson offers up an moving and gripping thriller that will have fans of historical mysteries hooked.”


Chris Nickson

Chris Nickson is the author of eleven Tom Harper mysteries, seven highly acclaimed novels in the Richard Nottingham series, and five Simon Westow books. Born and raised in Leeds, he moved back there some years ago.

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Fair and Tender Ladies by Chris Nickson is available in the following formats

Hardback978178029055330th September 2013146 X 224mm224£21.99
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