On the publication of Free From All Danger

Today, Free From All Danger, the seventh novel to feature Richard Nottingham, the Constable of Leeds in the 1730s is published.

It feels as if I’ve been waiting for this for a long, long time.

In many ways, I have. His last outing, in Fair and Tender Ladies, was more than four years ago. But coming back to him was like visiting a close friend. One who’s older, wearier, who looks at life a little differently.

Richard and I, we knew we had unfinished business. I’d originally planned to have eight books in the series, enough to tell his story properly, to let it unfold. Of course, it’s not simply about him. The books have always been about relationships. With family, with the men who work for him and the people in Leeds. They sit at the heart of it all, just as they do in life.

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It’s a period that’s been sadly unexplored in fiction, especially in mysteries. But in Leeds, it was a decade of change, as the town began to grow fat on the sale of woollen cloth, and the merchants became the men who ran everything. And the poor…stayed poor. More of them, drawn by the chance of making a fortune. But opportunity was a rare thing.

It’s always been the lives of the poor that have interested me. They go unremarked and unremembered. Curiously, even Richard Nottingham, who was a real person, and a privileged one, seems to have left no trace; I’ve been unable to find any mention of his death (or birth, for that matter) in any parish register. If I make readers feel what life was like for those in Leeds at the time, then maybe I’ve done something right.

Of course, I’d love for people to buy the book. But I also understand that hardbacks are outside the price range of many. The ebook will appear on February 1, 2018, when the book is published in America. Or reserve it at your library. If they don’t have it, ask them to order a copy. Honestly, it all helps. If you don’t know the series, they’re waiting out there for you.

Finally, if you’re in Leeds on November 9, come to the book launch. It’s free, of course, a performance piece with a specially-composed soundtrack and a little live music at the end. At The Leeds Library on Commercial Street, 7pm. Email them and reserve a seat, though.

Richard and I both thank you.

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10 thoughts on “On the publication of Free From All Danger

  1. I am just finishing your latest novel ,free from all danger and have found it as engaging as all your other books. What am I going to read until your next book ?

    Yours sincerely Margaret Abraham

  2. You’re just finishing it??? That’s fast, since it was only published today! But have you read all 21 of my others books? 😉

    Next one comes out at the end of March, another Tom Harper called The Tin God.

  3. Just discovered you and have read everything that my lbrary has….will encourage them to finish buying the Richard series!

  4. Chris ,I borrowed free from all danger again ,from our local library in Rothwell
    last week .Iwill return it today 2 November and order The new Westgate swing.

    Yours sincerely Margaret Abraham.

  5. Nov 9. Good luck for tonight, Hope it is a success and a good turnout.
    Sorry I can’t be there
    M Abraham

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