The Hocus Girl
by Chris Nickson

Thief-taker Simon Westow must save one of his closest friends from a grim fate at the hands of the government in this compelling historical mystery.

Leeds, May 1822. Thief-taker Simon Westow owes Davey and Emily Ashton everything – the siblings gave him sanctuary when he needed it most. So when Davey is arrested for sedition and Emily begs Simon for help, he starts asking questions, determined to clear his friend. Are the answers linked to rumours of a mysterious government spy in town?
Davey’s not the only one who needs Simon’s help. Timber merchant George Ericsson has been ‘hocussed’ by a young woman who spiked his drink and stole his valuable ring and watch. Who is she, and how does she know one of Simon’s assistant Jane’s deepest secrets? The path to the truth is twisted and dangerous. Simon and Jane encounter murder, lies, betrayal and a government terrified of its own people as they attempt to save Davey and find the hocus girl.


An exciting debut... Steeped in Regency atmosphere, it holds your interest from beginning to end

Kirkus Reviews on The Hanging Psalm

Solid... a welcome contrast to such aristocratic Regency sleuths as C.S. Harris’s Sebastian St. Cyr

Publishers Weekly on The Hanging Psalm

Gripping... offers authentic period ambience, vivid characters, crisp dialogue, and plenty of twists

Booklist on The Hanging Psalm

Beautifully balanced between suspense and action... the historical background... as always, engaging, detailed and authentic

Joanne Harris, bestselling author of Chocolat

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 on The Hanging Psalm

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 Hocus Girl by Chris Nickson is available in the following formats

Ebook97814483034891st November 2019N/A224$14.99
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