Brass Lives

Leeds. June, 1913. Tom Harper has risen to become Deputy Chief Constable, and the promotion brings endless meetings, paperwork, and more responsibilities. The latest is overseeing a national suffragist pilgrimage passing through Leeds on its way to London that his wife Annabelle intends to join. Then a letter arrives from police in New York: Davey Mullen, an American gangster born in Leeds, is on his way back to the city, fleeing a bloody gang war.

Despite Harper’s best efforts to keep an eye on him, Mullen’s arrival triggers a series of chilling events in the city. Is he responsible for the sudden surge in crime, violence and murder on Leeds’s streets? Tom has to become a real copper again and hunt down a cold-blooded killer, even as his world starts to crack apart at home.

A lovely review from Kirkus Reviews. Read it all right here:

“Harper’s ninth case is an excellent mystery buoyed by characters you care about.”

Publishers Weekly says “subplots involving suffragists, including Special Branch’s pursuit of one of the movement’s leaders, enable him to paint a convincing portrait of pre-WWI Leeds. Historical procedural fans will be pleased.”

And sometimes you receive the kind of review you wait to receive for your entire life. Read it on on the Fully Booked blog.

I believe that this series will be seen by readers, some of whom are still learning to read, as a perfect sequence that epitomises the very best of historical crime fiction. The empathy, the attention to detail, and the raw truth of how our ancestors lived will make the Tom Harper novels timeless.”

Myster People seems impressed. Read it all right here.

“The plot is complex and fascinating, with several threads skilfully weaved together…Brass Lives is a fascinating read which I recommend.”