The Broken Token (Richard Nottingham Series #1)

The Broken Token (Richard Nottingham Series #1)

by Chris Nickson

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Overview

Pickpockets, pimps and prostitutes:
All in a day's work for the city constable - until work moves too close to home . . .

When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former housemaid murdered in a particularly sickening manner, his professional and personal lives move perilously close.
Circumstances seem to conspire against him, and more murders follow.
Soon the city fathers cast doubt on his capability, and he is forced to seek help from an unsavoury source.
Not only does the murder investigation keep running into brick walls, and family problems offer an unwelcome distraction; he can't even track down a thief who has been a thorn in his side for months.
When answers start to emerge, Nottingham gets more than he bargains for . . .

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781906790844
Publisher: Creatuve Content Ltd
Publication date: 02/25/2011
Series: Richard Nottingham Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 468,163
File size: 1 MB

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Broken Token 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
WoodsieGirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The synopsis for The Broken Token grabbed me right away. Crime fiction, you say? Historical crime fiction? Set in a lovingly-researched 18th century Leeds, the city I work in (and that one half of my family originally hails from)? Yes please! The Broken Token follows Richard Nottingham, constable of Leeds, as he tries to solve a series of murders that have hit him a little too close to home. As a crime novel, it is incredibly successful ¿ it kept me guessing right up until the end, and there were a few genuinely shocking twists along the way. However, it is in the portrayal of 18th century city life that the book really shines. If you know Leeds at all, the vivid portrait of the city that Nickson paints makes the book an absolute delight to read. Even if you don¿t know the city, his realistic portrayal of the struggle for existence in an industrial city is absorbing, detailed and realistic.The characters were also very well written ¿ Nottingham and his deputy, Sedgwick, are both very likeable, relatable characters. I would be interested to see if some of the background characters, such as Nottingham¿s family, are developed any further in the two further books in the series, as I thought they had potential to be a lot more interesting than they were. Which isn¿t to say that they weren¿t interesting ¿ I would have just like to know a bit more about them.I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys historical and/or crime fiction. Very much looking forward to reading the next two books in the series!
ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
The Broken Token by Chris Nickson is the first book in a new historical mystery series starring Richard Nottingham, the sheriff of Leeds, England in 1731. Nottingham is awakened early one morning by the discovery of a pair of murder victims who have been posed rather shockingly. One is an itinerant pastor who had been stirring up controversy with his preaching. The other just happens to be Nottingham's former serving girl, Pamela, who had turned to prostitution after the death of her husband. Pamela had been like a member of the family, and Nottingham had given her necklace, half a token on a blue ribbon, that is missing from her body. Just when he thinks that he has figured the murderer's identity out, another pair of bodies shows up, and the new mayor starts pressing Nottingham for immediate results, especially with a cutpurse in town who is quite successful, but Nottingham has troubles at home as well when his younger daughter decides to seek her independence at the most terrible of times. Nickson has written a thoroughly compelling and engrossing historical mystery that depicts a hardscrabble existence in a gritty town. Nottingham is not a romantic hero, he isn't addicted to opiates or in love with a married woman, nor does he have a tragic past in the military like other English historicals, but he is a solid family man, devoted to his wife and children, trying to make the best life for him that he can while negotiating the tricky waters of politics and keeping his city safe. Nickson brings him to fully-fleshed life. Some secondary characters like his deputy John Sedgwick, villain Amos, and the young boy he hires promise to keep future books in the series interesting. I think this historical has somehow missed the radar of readers, but hopefully readers will discover it soon and decide, like I did, that they can't wait to visit Nottingham and Leeds again soon.