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

“There is plenty of suspense, danger, and tension”

Deadly Pleasures Mystery Magazine

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

Hardback978072788831028th September 2018145 X 222mm224£21.99
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