Modern Crimes (A WPC Lottie Armstrong Mystery, #1)

Modern Crimes (A WPC Lottie Armstrong Mystery, #1) Modern Crimes Is Rich With Outstanding, Complex Characters It Is A Great Story Set On The Streets Of Leeds Which Is Also One Of The Main Characters, So Vividly Etched By The Writer, Who Clearly Loves The Place Nick Oldham, Author Of The Henry Christie Mysteries1924 Still Reeling From The Effects Of The Great War, Life In The City Of Leeds Is Hard Poverty Is Rife, Work Is Scarce And Crime Is Becoming Sophisticated Bravely Entering This Maelstrom Is One Of The City S First Policewomen To Walk The Beat, The Resourceful, Inquisitive And Practical WPC Lottie Armstrong Eager To Prove Herself And Determined To Succeed, Lottie Faces Apathy From Colleagues And The General Public Alike Until She Suddenly Finds Herself On The Trail Of A Missing Girl That Leads To The Underbelly Of The City And To Murder.As Lottie Uncovers A Plot Involving High Level Corruption, CID Reluctantly Find They Need Her Knowledge And People Skills, But As The Truth Is Slowly Laid Bare Lottie S Bravery Istested To Its Limit In A Breathtaking Climax. RATING 4 STARS2017 History Mystery PressFollowing World War I, Lottie Armstrong is working as a Woman Police Constable in Leeds at Milgarth Police Station Her husband, Geoff was injured in battle and they find out they cannot have children She decides that working as a WPC is what she needs Her husband is very encouraging of her job and the time it entails Along with her partner, and the only other WPC, Cathy Taylor the two patrol Leeds, mostly interacting with women and children The real crimes are handled by their male counterparts When a young pregnant teen runs away from a special home for unmarried pregnant women, Lottie and Cathy are put on the case When the case turns into a murder and attempted murder, the CID take over Sargent McMillan thinks Lottie is a good investigator so tries to get her involved when he can As the two get further into the case, it seems like Lottie is the only one getting results Can she help solve the case before the Inspector throws her off This is my first book by Chris Nickson, but I have seen his other books and have been interested in trying one I really enjoyed this book It was a well written historical mystery Nickson sucked me into the time period and provided enough information that you got how things were in those times and in Leeds I really liked the characters and how they interacted in this novel Geoff is such a sweetheart and an early feminist He is so su
This is my introduction to a local writer, Chris Nickson He writes historical novels set in Leeds, West Yorkshire Modern Crimes tells the fictional tale of Lottie Armstrong, one of the first policewomen.It is 1924 Lottie Armstrong is in her twenties, married and plucky She is a woman clearly out of her time She enlists in the local police force in Leeds, as a WPC As she is a woman, her main tasks are very restricted She is on hand to deal with fallen women, school children playing truant and the odd shoplifter She is paired with WPC Cathy Taylor The two women are trailblazers, being the first policewomen in Leeds There are plenty of people ready to offer an opinion on how unbecoming it is as a job Lottie is a pioneer, looking for opportunities and a chance to do the work the male officers take for granted.We follow Lottie, as she becomes involved in the case of a missing girl and a murder This is obviously out of her remit Lottie is keen and capable, with an eye for detail She has the capacity to get witnesses to talk and a passion for the job This gets noticed by her superiors Yet time and time again, she is sidelined or punished for acting to the best of her abilities This was masses of fun to read with its incisive historical detail, colourful Leeds references and strong female characters Lottie Armstrong is simply wonderful I want to be Lottie She is a force to
I received an e ARC of this novel through NetGalley and Trafalgar Square Publishing.Having read several novels written by Chris Nickson, and enjoyed them, I did not hesitate to request this first book in the WPC Lottie Armstrong mystery series The time is 1924 and Lottie Charlotte Armstrong is one of only two Women Police Constables on the Leeds police force, specifically Milgarth Police Station Times are hard because of the previous war years and Lottie was pleased to be taken on by the police department Probably showing some tendencies to be rather ahead of his time, her husband Geoff was just as pleased and supportive of his wife s dream to be on the force Lottie and her partner, WPC Cathy Taylor, are on foot patrol each day and are only authorized to deal with problems pertaining to women and children When Lottie and Cathy are assigned to investigate the disappearance of an eight month pregnant unwed mother in a special home for women in that condition they soon realize that even though they are investigating a problem with a woman at its center this is sure to begin very quickly to involve other sections of the police department When Lottie shows a natural talent for questioning suspects she gets word that she is to report upstairs to the CID room Maybe she might get to do something like real police investative work after all Historical mysteries are a favorite sub genre for me to read because I learn so much historical information Author Chris Nickson has gi
Modern Crimes by Chris NicksonAlthough the Women Police Service was founded in 1914 to deal mainly with pimps and prostitution, the founders of the WPS took advantage of the war situation by replacing men who were involved with the war effort in the hope that women could continue advancing after the war Female officers were allowed to go into brothels, nightclubs and betting houses to observe and gather evidence of untoward behavior, but at the first sign of crime being committed, they had to call in male colleagues They were not allowed to carry handcuffs unless instructed to by a senior officer, and were not allowed to make arrests until 1923 Women in the Police The novel takes place in 1924 in Leeds WPC Lottie Armstrong and her partner WPC Cathy Taylor are eager to take on larger policing roles, but must deal with the prejudices of many
It s 1924 and Lottie Armstrong and her offsider, Cathy Taylor, are the only women in the Leeds, UK, police Policewomen were considered good only for patrols and minor crimes But Lottie s persistence enables her to show her detecting and people skills when a girl goes missing And she goes way beyond that when she shows she is braver than her chauvinist male colleagues Modern Crimes has lots of period detail that will transport you to 1924 Leeds There s plenty of suspense that will keep you turning the p
Modern Crimes by Chris Nickson is the first book in A WPC Lottie Armstrong Mystery series Charlotte Lottie Armstrong is a WPC Women s Police Constable in Leeds, England It is 1924 and Lottie is one of two female constables at the Millgarth Police Station Lottie and her partner, Cathy Taylor are assigned the case of a missing, pregnant eighteen year old Jocelyn Hill Jocelyn disappeared from Mrs Allen s home for unwed girls where she was staying forced to stay by her mother When the case leads them to Ray Coleman, the pair are forced to turn the case over to male detective Female constables are only allowed to investigate cases involving women and children Lottie gets a great opportunity when she gets to tag along with Constable Tennison to question Mr Coleman It is the first time that a male and female constable have been paired together Constable Tennison discovers Lottie s ability to ask intelligent and probing questions and to know when a suspect is lying This provides Lottie the opportunity to work with CID Criminal Investigation Division and Sergeant McMillan This case will take Lottie across Leeds from one of the richest homes to an establishment that makes Sgt McMillan extremely uncomfortable Lottie will need to keep her wits about her as she sets out to find the perpetrator and fight against male prejudice See how WPC Charlotte Armstr
A well written and researched detective novel, particularly outlining the difficulties faced by the new police women in the force Set in Leeds in the1920s. I liked this book quite a bit, but was disappointed when I found out the next book takes place twenty years later I wanted to read about Lottie in the 1920 s I probably won t read the second book at this time since it s expensive and I m not as interested in reading it.I thought the mystery in this book was very good and I enjoyed reading about Lottie and her fellow female police constable Cathy Taylor I could understand how frustrating it was for them to work only with women s problems and then have to hand anything serious over to the male police officers And they didn t receive much respect or help from any of the male officers This was a very difficult position for both of the women police constables.Ev
Very much enjoyed this first book in the Lottie Armstrong series Set in Leeds, UK in 1924, Lottie is one of the first WPCs Serving in a very limited role patrolling and dealing with women s issues such as the prostitutes, crimes by children, etc Lottie longs to play a active role as a policewoman, a detective, even She does get tangled up in a murder investigation when CID realizes the pote
I loved this book I loved the characters and the story, it s a great read