The Constant Lovers
The winter of 1732 saw too many violent crimes and deaths. Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, is looking forward to a peaceful summer. But when a rash of domestic thefts is reported throughout the city and a young woman is found dead in the ruins of an old abbey, he and his constable, John, have their hands full. Complicating matters is a turf battle between two crime bosses and the suicide of a Leeds cloth merchant. The constable is going to need help. He takes a chance on the printer’s son, but is the former schoolboy up to the job of solving crime and keeping the peace?
This is the third in Nickson’s Constable Nottingham series, but it is not necessary to read the other books to follow the story. I enjoyed Nickson’s wonderful descriptions of 18th-century Leeds, and I loved his characters, complicated and appealing persons all of them. The mystery is interesting, but the real meat of this story is in the relationships between the people in this merchant town. When the story ended I was disappointed because I wanted to spend more time in Leeds with Nickson’s characters. I bought the previous two books in the series so I could do just that.