THE HANGING PSALM by CHRIS NICKSON

The Hanging Psalm: A Regency Mystery Set in Leeds

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

This story begins with our main character Simon Westow giving testimony in the investigation into child labor and poor houses. It’s 1820 in Leeds. A dark and dangerous time. Simon may have started life in brutal conditions of a poor house, but he is a self-made man now with a wife and children and a home of his own.

He is also a thief-taker. I had to look that one up. What Simon does is returns stolen items to their rightful owner for a fee. 

When one of Leeds businessman comes to him for help in returning his daughter Simon isn’t quite sure, but the money is good. Soon he and his helper Jane are trying to find the girl and wondering if this is all tied in with something else. Something more sinister.

Someone is watching them. Someone who shouldn’t even be here. And as the bodies pile up the danger for Simon, his family and the intriguing Jane increases. This is personal. Someone wants revenge. Someone wants Simon dead.

Nothing I like better than a good historical mystery! Especially in the Regency period. I’m happy to have gotten in on the first book because the ending left me wanting more.

Netgalley/ January 1st 2019 by Severn House Publishers

 

 

MURDER AT THE QUEEN’S OLD CASTLE by CORA HARRISON

Murder at the Queen's Old Castle: A Mystery Set in 1920s Ireland

Reverend Mother Mystery #6

A rare shopping trip for the Reverend Mother ends in brutal murder in this absorbing historical mystery. 

While the castle is no longer a castle, it is still in use. As a very low-end department store in Cork. The goods are shabby at best and the place itself is in deplorable condition. It is not a place we would normally find our good Reverend Mother. And yet due to a recent flood she is offered whatever she would like from the damaged goods. With money always in short supply she ventures out to the old place.

In all these years she has had no reason to go there and very little has changed since she has been there. With an apprentice who was a former student carrying her basket she sets about finding what she can for the girls at school and the other nuns.

At about the same time she smells gas, the owner comes out of his office and falls to his death at her feet. Putting her right in the thick of what looks like murder.

All of our favorite characters are here. Eileen, Patrick and the good Doctor, who is acting rather odd and solicitous to the man’s wife. Mr. Fitzwilliams was not a popular man, even within his own family, but could someone have finally had enough of him?

I enjoyed this one. I have enjoyed them all. The Reverend Mother is a wonderful character and this series keeps getting better.

Very Well Done!

Netgalley/Severn House January 01,2019