The Hanging Psalm
by Chris Nickson

Introducing thief-taker Simon Westow in the first in a new historical mystery series set in Regency Leeds.

Leeds, 1820. Simon Westow makes a good living as a thief-taker. The boy who grew up in the workhouse has become a success, finding and returning the stolen possessions of the rich – for a fee. But when mill owner John Milner hires Simon to find his kidnapped daughter, Hannah, he faces a challenge like no other.

With his enigmatic and deadly young assistant, Jane, by his side, Simon’s search takes him through the dark underbelly of Leeds, where poverty, industry and death live cheek by jowl. But he soon comes to understand that the real answers lie in his own past, and an old enemy seeking revenge . . .


A solid series launch … Simon’s humble background makes him a welcome contrast to such aristocratic Regency sleuths as C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr

Publishers Weekly

This gripping read offers authentic period ambience, vivid characters, crisp dialogue, and plenty of twists


Recommend to anyone who loves historical fiction with likeable working-class characters and a feeling of deep-rooted authenticity

Mystery People

This dark tale features a strong and sympathetic hero as well as equally appealing supporting characters … Likely to draw in readers of Andrea Penrose, Charles Finch, and Anne Perry

Library Journal

Chris Nickson

Chris Nickson is the author of six Tom Harper mysteries and seven highly acclaimed novels in the Richard Nottingham series. He is also a well-known music journalist. He lives in his beloved Leeds.

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The Hanging Psalm by Chris Nickson is available in the following formats

Hardback978072788831028th September 2018145 X 222mm224£21.99
Paperback978184751957330th September 2020142 X 218mm224£13.99
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