“Nickson is not particularly interested in the manner of how life is conceived or ends. Rather he is concerned with how life is lived, particularly by those destined to fall through history’s cracks.
He is drawn to political figures like Isabella Ford, Edward Carpenter and Tom McGuire. The latter, a self-educated poet, trade unionist and committed socialist, is a personal hero of Nickson’s. “They figure large in the Leeds landscape but few people know they were even there. It’s trying to dust off the history from them,” he says.
“I have two ancestors buried in unmarked graves in Beckett Street cemetery and another who is in a Guinea grave, so it’s my family history too – and that of a lot of other people.””
And The Leaden Heart made the Yorkshire Post top book pick of the week.
And it’s certainly not every day a rave review like this comes around: ”
“Conflicts in our lives don’t have neatly wrapped up endings with all questions answered. This book doesn’t, either, but there’s enough closure to feel both realistic and satisfying.
A truly enjoyable book. Highly recommended for fans of historical fiction and mysteries.”
Read the entire review here.
The very first American review has arrived, and it’s a glowing testament from Kirkus Reviews, the first thing I read on a grey Monday morning, and it immediately made the week seem brighter. And it’s a STARRED review!
“Nickson (The Hanging Psalm, 2019, etc.) is a master at mixing social commentary with police procedurals; he digs deep into the backgrounds of his characters and highlights the inequalities so common to the Industrial Revolution while deftly handling several troubling cases.
Nickson’s latest and perhaps finest is a breathless race for the truth from start to finish.”
You can read it all here.
Mystery People seems to like it, too!
Publishers Weekly certainly seems to like the book. A starred review from them! Read it in full here.
“Nickson’s superlative seventh whodunit featuring Leeds police superintendent Tom Harper (after 2018’s The Tin God) …Nickson stands in the front rank of historical mystery writers.”
The Go Buy The Book blog seems to love The Leaden Heart, too. Read the whole review here.
“If you are new to the Tom Harper books, please don’t be put off by the fact that this is the seventh book in the series as it can definitely be read as a standalone. This is, without a shadow of a doubt, my favourite so far, and I eagerly anticipate what the next installment brings for Tom, Annabelle and the rest of the characters we have grown to love.”