The Broken Token

  • by Chris Nickson
  • Narrated by Steven Pacey
  • 8 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Pickpockets, pimps, and prostitutes: All in a day's work for the city constable - until work moves too close to home.... When Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, discovers his former housemaid murdered in a particularly sickening manner, his professional and personal lives move perilously close. Circumstances seem to conspire against him, and more murders follow. Soon the city fathers cast doubt on his capability, and he is forced to seek help from an unsavoury source. Not only does the murder investigation keep running into brick walls, and family problems offer an unwelcome distraction; he can't even track down a thief who has been a thorn in his side for months. When answers start to emerge, Nottingham gets more than he bargains for....

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What the Critics Say

"An earlier hero emerges in the first of a beautifully constructed series about murder in 18th-century Leeds. Chris Nickson's protagonist is Richard Nottingham, Constable of the city, searching for a murderer, a thief, and the other half of The Broken Token. Steven Pacey is the fine reader of this vividly convincing historical thriller. You long to go to Leeds, right away, and trace the ancient streets he inhabits." (The Independant)

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A good read

One of the best books I have read. You are there with the correctors' and see the world through their eyes. More please.
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- Bryan M

18th Century Who dunnit

This novel is my first by this author and is set in the wrong end of Leeds in 1731. I enjoyed reading about the Constable of Leeds Richard Nottingham and his family and enjoyed the story and also feeling part of the time and place. It was a hard life to lead and plenty of hardships evident in the story.
I would compare it to other good mystery novels but the setting and time makes it interesting.
I enjoyed the narrator and felt he aided the telling of the story. I have not read any other books from this narrator or author but would consider others.
I did feel some emotional connection to the characters and it was interesting to see them develop.
I did enjoy the book and would recommend it if you like historical mystery novels.
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- Amelia

Book Details

  • Release Date: 28-09-2012
  • Publisher: Creative Content Ltd