A Christmas Book Guide

It never hurts to have a handy book guide, does it, especially with Christmas drawing closer and all those presents to buy.

So…I thought it best to put all of mine in order for you. You never know, you might have missed one along the way.

Okay, this is done in a light-hearted manner. I hope you will buy family/friends/yourself books for Christmas. I’ll be especially happy if one of two of them are mine. But whoever penned them, books make great gifts, and reading is one of the most wonderful things you can do.

Please, enjoy yourself and remember, you can collect the whole set.


Richard Nottingham Books

Historical crime set in Leeds in the 1730s, and featuring Richard Nottingham, the Constable of the town (and that was the constable’s name at the time).

The Broken Token – long out of print, still available as ebook and audiobook. I do have two used                            paperback copies for £3 each, plus postage.

Cold Cruel Winter

The Constant Lovers

Come the Fear

At the Dying of the Year

Fair and Tender Ladies

All of these are available as ebooks, some still in print as hardback, and Fair and Tender Ladies can also be bought as a trade paperback.

Tom Harper Books

Crime novels, Victorian Leeds, with a touch of politics and Detective Inspector Harper’s forthright wife, Annabelle, the landlady of the Victoria public house in Sheepscar.

Gods of Gold

Two Bronze Pennies

Skin Like Silver

All available in hardback and ebook (Skin only in hardback at present). Gods of Gold is also available in trade paperback.

John the Carpenter

Chesterfield in the 1360s. Intrigue, murder, and a carpenter who’s more use to the coroner as an investigator than working with wood.

The Crooked Spire

The Saltergate Psalter

Both available in paperback and ebook

Dan Markham

Enquiry agent Dan Markham finds himself out of his depth in 1950s Leeds noir. Death with a jazz soundtrack.

Dark Briggate Blues

Available in paperback and ebook.

Laura Benton

Seattle music journalist whose passions end up taking her down some dark, unexpected paths. And yes, I was a music journalist in Seattle for several years.

Emerald City

West Seattle Blues

Both available on ebook and audiobook. No print editions.

Leeds, The Biography

Not quite history, this is the road less travelled, the history of the place told in short stories that take place between 300 AD and 1963. My first non-crime book.

Leeds, The Biography: A History of Leeds in Short Stories

Available in paperback and ebook.

10 thoughts on “A Christmas Book Guide

  1. jackie richardson

    That’s really helpful Chris. I’ve read a few of your books now and really enjoyed them. Really pleased to say that I’ve finally reached the top of the queue for Skin like Silver at the library. Will get it before the weekend. The Broken Token was a smashing book. They were rum times the 1700’s weren’t they?

  2. jackie richardson

    Hi Chris. I’ve just finished reading Skin… what a page turner. Started it yesterday, finished it just now. You really bring old Leeds to life, the police had a hard time didn’t they-the fire brigade too.
    Can I just ask –how you decide the titles of your books, do you choose a title first and work round it, or vice-versa. I enjoyed watching your interview at the Leeds Library. It’s a fantastic looking place to hide away in. I love the smell of books, used to work in a bookshop in Leeds twenty years ago, and loved opening the boxes of new books that had just been delivered. I have 3 of your books on my kindle, so thanks to your book list I know what to read first.(Cold cruel winter).
    .Happy Christmas, and all the best for 2016.

  3. Thanks so much, Jackie. As far as bookshops in Leeds go, there’s really only one game in town anymore – the days of Austick’s all over the place and that lovely little independent up by the Poly are long since history. The Leeds Library really is a magical place – that room where we filmed, and where the launch was held, is the ‘New Room’ dating from 1880, and the library has been in that building since 1808.
    As to titles…honestly, they just come. Gods of Gold was from the Tom Maguire poem, but overall they just kind of incubate and hatch, no rhyme or reason.
    I’m very glad you enjoyed Skin. I have a very soft spot for that book, and for Annabelle in it. Cold Cruel Winter you’ll find rather different. But hopefully just as good in its own way….and thank you.

  4. jackie richardson

    Hi Chris. It was Austicks bookshop where I worked, the University branch on Woodhouse Lane near the university steps. I was made redundant when Blackwells took over. .Austicks had several branches didn’t they, Legal & Medical on Great George Street, 2 branches on the Headrow, and two on Woodhouse Lane. All gone.. Now it’s just Waterstones and W.H.Smiths.

  5. jackie richardson

    I don’t recall ever seeing an Austicks in Basinghall Street Chris.
    Re your book titles –I looked up the poem Gods of .Gold, and read about Tom Maguire. Poor soul died young didn’t he, but he made an impression during his short life.

  6. Must be my faulty memory about Basinghall St. Yes, Tom Maguire. For all he did for others, he still died in a cold room with no food, far too young. He’s buried at Beckett St – worth going to see his headstone. There’s also supposedly a red plaque erected to him in the bus station, which is the site of his house (or something like that). Isabella Ford was quite a remarkable woman, too.

  7. jackie richardson

    I’ve passed through the bus station no end of times ,and never noticed a plaque to Tom, but I typed “Leeds bus station Tom Maguire” ,and all sorts of info came up, including a picture of the red plaque on the wall, between the loo’s and the newsagent. It’s the right hand wall as you enter the bus station from the Headrow side. I’ll make a point of looking next time I’m in Leeds. I’ve learned more about Leeds since I started reading your books than ever before !!

  8. To be honest, I’ve never gone in and looked. I heard it had been taken down but it’s now back up again. I’ll have to pop in (although I’m steering clear of town until after Christmas). I’m glad to educate as well as entertain!

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