Killer Nashville’s Book of the Day / Monday, May 14, 2012 / “The Constant Lovers (Richard Nottingham Mystery) by Chris Nickson

Today’s featured book is The Constant Lovers (Richard Nottingham Mystery) by Chris Nickson.

"The Constant Lovers" by Chris Nickson

“The Constant Lovers” by Chris Nickson

Why I chose this book:

I’m a history buff, so here I go back again in time. This one is set in 1732. Third in the series with Leeds constable Richard Nottingham. Explores the disparity between justice for the rich and justice for the poor (something too common in our society, as well). What I like about Nickson’s work is his realism. His stories are about people: how they lived, felt, loved, suffered. Too many mysteries are analytical to the point of being a calculus exam. Nickson’s work grandly achieves the puzzle, but more than that, it is elevated by the humanity. We care about the characters. I feel one with them. To me, that makes all the difference.

A tale of greed, ambition and thwarted love in eighteenth-century Leeds -July, 1732. On a hot summer morning, Richard Nottingham, Constable of Leeds, is called out when a young woman is found stabbed to death among the ruins of Kirkstall Abbey. In her pocket is a love note: ‘Soon we’ll be together and our hearts can sing loud, my love, W.’ What happened to the maid who accompanied her mistress on her final, fatal journey? Who is the mysterious ‘W’ who signed the note? Nottingham must delve into the dark secrets of the rich and influential to uncover the truth.

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Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!

– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville


About Clay Stafford

Clay Stafford is an author / filmmaker ( and founder of Killer Nashville ( As a writer himself, he has over 1.5 million copies of his own books in print in over 14 languages. Stafford’s latest projects are the feature documentary “One of the Miracles” ( and the music CD “XO” ( A champion of writers, Publishers Weekly has identified Stafford as playing “an essential role in defining which books become bestsellers” throughout “the nation’s book culture.” (PW 6/10/13)
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