The Crooked Spire

The Crooked Spire

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1361: 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 the killer, a quest that brings him up against some powerful enemies in a town where he is still a stranger and friends are few. Chris Nickson brilliantly evokes the feeling of time and place in this story of corruption and more

Product details

  • Paperback | 264 pages
  • 122 x 196 x 22mm | 180g
  • The History Press Ltd
  • Stroud, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0752499173
  • 9780752499178
  • 658,437

Review quote

-Nickson paints precise pictures with words, vividly setting the post-plague backdrop...He makes us feel as though we are living in what seems like a fourteenth-century version of dystopia, giving this remarkable novel a powerful immediacy.- --Booklistshow more

About Chris Nickson

Chris Nickson is the author of the Richard Nottingham series, which includes Come the Fear. A well-known music journalist, he's written many celebrity biographies as well as contributed frequently to numerous music more

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128 ratings
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4 45% (58)
3 22% (28)
2 5% (6)
1 1% (1)
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