A Dark Steel Death

Chris Nickson
Tom Harper must catch a traitor intent on disrupting the war effort and bringing terror to the streets of Leeds in this page-turning mystery. Leeds. December, 1916. Deputy Chief Constable Tom Harper is called out in the middle of the night when a huge explosion rips through a munitions factory supplying war materials, leaving death and destruction in its wake. A month later, matches and paper to start a fire are found in an army clothing depot. It's a chilling discovery: there's a saboteur running loose on the streets of Leeds. As so many give their lives in the trenches, Harper and his men are working harder than ever - and their investigation takes a dark twist with two shootings, at the local steelworks and a hospital. With his back against the wall and the war effort at stake, Harper can't afford to fail. But can he catch the traitor intent on bringing terror to Leeds?

A Dark Steel Death is the latest book in the Tom Harper series. Set during World War One, Tom must find out who is the saboteur threatening Leeds. With a thinning team of Police officers, Tom must marshal his forces. His wife's health is failing, and his grown up daughter has lost her fiancé who was fighting in France.

This book is well researched. You certainly get a feel for Britain in World War One. Tom Harper is a likeable character, well drawn by the author. The events in this book are based on a real life incident. A blast at an artillery munitions factory that killed a great number of the women who worked there.

The book is an enjoyable tense romp through wartime Leeds. It gives a light on policing in that period. It's not the policing we have today. The standard of writing is very good. The tension in the storyline keeps building throughout the book leading to a thrilling climax. Can't wait for the next Tom Harper novel.

A cracking crime novel.

Thanks to Netgallery and Severn House for the chance to read this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.

Review by Brompton Sawdon
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