The crooked spire / Chris Nickson.

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    • Abstract:
      Summary: Orphaned by the Black Death, all John possesses are the tools that belonged to his father, a carpenter, and an uncanny ability to work wood. His travels bring him to Chesterfield, where he finds work erecting the spire of the new church. But no sooner does he begin than the master carpenter is murdered and John himself becomes a suspect. To prove his innocence John must help the coroner in his search for his killer, a quest that brings him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few.--Provided by publisher.
    • ISBN:
      0752499173
      9780752499178 (paperback)
    • Accession Number:
      ocn834961310
      834961310
    • Accession Number:
      fay.415061
  • Citations
    • ABNT:
      NICKSON, C. The crooked spire. [s. l.]: The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press, 2013. ISBN 0752499173. Disponível em: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061. Acesso em: 5 jul. 2020.
    • AMA:
      Nickson C. The Crooked Spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press; 2013. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061. Accessed July 5, 2020.
    • AMA11:
      Nickson C. The Crooked Spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press; 2013. Accessed July 5, 2020. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061
    • APA:
      Nickson, C. (2013). The crooked spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Author-Date:
      Nickson, Chris. 2013. The Crooked Spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061.
    • Harvard:
      Nickson, C. (2013) The crooked spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press. Available at: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061 (Accessed: 5 July 2020).
    • Harvard: Australian:
      Nickson, C 2013, The crooked spire, The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press, viewed 5 July 2020, .
    • MLA:
      Nickson, Chris. The Crooked Spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press, 2013. EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061.
    • Chicago/Turabian: Humanities:
      Nickson, Chris. The Crooked Spire. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press, 2013. http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061.
    • Vancouver/ICMJE:
      Nickson C. The crooked spire [Internet]. The Mystery Press, an imprint of The History Press; 2013 [cited 2020 Jul 5]. Available from: http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=cat05595a&AN=fay.415061

Reviews

Booklist Reviews 2014 May #1

*Starred Review* Nickson steps back in time to the mid-fourteenth century, 400 years earlier than his popular Constable Richard Nottingham series. John, a survivor of the plague that wiped out much of England's population (including John's father), finds work on the construction crew of a new church. Almost immediately, the man who hired him is found murdered, and soon after that, John (who found the body) is at the top of the suspect list. John's only hope of proving his innocence is to help the coroner find the real murderer. It's not an unfamiliar premise—in fact, the innocent man, accused of a crime he didn't commit, fighting to find the real killer is a mainstay of the mystery genre—but this story's strong sense of time and place gives the story all the freshness it needs. Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague backdrop: He could recall the crops rotting in the fields at harvest time, not enough people still alive to bring them in, and the cows lowing until they died, their carcasses stinking and covered with flies. He makes us feels as though we are living what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

PW Reviews 2014 April #2

In the year 1360, John, an itinerant carpenter and the hero of Nickson's promising new historical series, arrives in Chesterfield, where he finds steady work helping to construct a church spire. When John discovers the body of his supervisor, master carpenter Will, inside the church tower, the local coroner investigating the crime considers him a suspect in Will's murder. John joins the search for the killer after persuading the coroner of his innocence, but he soon breaks an arm in an accident that leaves him unable to ply his chosen trade. Will isn't the last to die, and John himself falls under threat when he persists in probing the deaths and questioning the building practices that Will's successor employs. Nickson (Fair and Tender Ladies and five other Richard Nottingham mysteries set in 18th-century Leeds) offers few surprises, but an affable lead and a convincing depiction of late-medieval England make this a satisfying comfort read. Agent: Tina Betts, Andrew Mann (U.K.). (June)

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