Monday, March 18, 2024

What is Chris Nickson reading?

Featured at Writers Read: Chris Nickson, author of The Scream of Sins.

His entry begins:
At the moment, a variety of things seems to be the answer, and it's all re-reading. A few favourite Georgette Heyer titles: The Grand Sophy (even with its moment of outmoded anti-Semitism) and Veneita. I love that she has strong heroines, and the dialogue between her female and male lead characters is like watching masters fencing, a masterclass in how to do it. I came later to her, but for the most part I'm very much a convert.

Right now, however, I'm on The Investigator by John Sandford, the first in a series featuring Letty Davenport, the daughter of Lucas, the lead in many of Sandford's books. It's...[read on]
About The Scream of Sins, from the publisher:
Thief-taker Simon Westow uncovers an evil lurking in the underbelly of Leeds in this page-turning historical mystery, perfect for fans of Anne Perry and Charles Finch.

Leeds, October 1824.
Thief-taker Simon Westow's job seems straightforward. Captain Holcomb's maid, Sophie, has stolen important papers that could ruin the family's reputation, and he's desperate for their return. But the case very quickly takes a murderous turn, and it becomes clear the papers are hiding a host of sins...

During the search, Simon's assistant, Jane, hears a horrific tale: men are snatching young girls from small towns for use by the rich. Those who are unwanted are tossed on to the streets of Leeds to survive among the homeless. With the help of an unlikely, deadly new companion, Jane will do everything to discover who's responsible and make them pay.

Can Simon and Jane recover Holcomb's letters and get justice for the stolen girls? It becomes a battle that might result in them losing everything . . . including their lives.
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