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Catching the Eagle by [Karen Charlton]

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About the Author

Karen Charlton writes historical mystery and is also the author of a nonfiction genealogy book, 'Seeking Our Eagle.' She has published short stories and numerous articles and reviews in newspapers and magazines. An English graduate and ex-teacher, Karen has led writing workshops and has spoken at a series of literary events across the North of England, where she lives. Karen now writes full-time and is currently working on the third Detective Lavender Mystery for Thomas & Mercer.

A stalwart of the village pub quiz and a member of a winning team on the BBC quiz show 'Eggheads', Karen also enjoys the theatre and she won a Yorkshire Tourist Board award for her Murder Mystery Weekends. 

Find out more about Karen's work at
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"It is a rollicking tale full of adultery, drinking, fighting, gambling. Rich imagery, suspense and some genuinely likeable characters—as well as plenty of murky ones—make this an enjoyable read. Karen is particularly strong at capturing the Geordie dialect and recreating the rural Northumbrian world of the 1800s, where the wealthy lived in comfort and the poor struggled to make ends meet."
Laura Fraine, Culture magazine, The Journal (Newcastle)

"A break-in at the steward’s office at Kirkley Hall in Northumberland on April 3, 1809, became a cause célèbre when local man James Charlton was accused of stealing over £1,100. Acquitted at his trial following a huge public outcry, his family thought it the end of the matter. But he was later re-arrested and transported on the evidence of a convicted burglar, whose death sentence was subsequently commuted. Charlton’s novel, based on true events surrounding her husband’s ancestor, is the first in a projected trilogy. Told with gritty realism,
Catching The Eagle is a suspense-filled page-turner, which spares nothing in its descriptions of the hardships and injustices suffered by the poor at the turn of the 19th century.Its ending leaves the reader poised perfectly for the next volume—for which I can hardly wait."
The Daily Mail

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B00LHWD0UM
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Famelton Publishing (July 2, 2014)
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ July 2, 2014
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 4324 KB
  • Simultaneous device usage ‏ : ‎ Unlimited
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 282 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 255 ratings

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Karen Charlton is the international best-selling author of The Detective Lavender Mysteries which are set in Regency London and feature Bow Street’s Principal Officer, Stephen Lavender and his humorous side-kick, Constable Ned Woods.

Her brand new series, The York Ladies' Detective Agency Mysteries features two enterprising young women, Jemma and Bobbie, who launch a private inquiry agency in York during WW2.

In addition to this, she has written a stand-alone historical novel, 'Catching the Eagle', based on the true story of her notorious criminal ancestor and a non-fiction genealogical book, Seeking Our Eagle that explains how she and her late husband tracked down the jail-bird in their family tree.

A former English teacher, with two grown-up children and a small grandson, Karen lives in a Yorkshire fishing village with two cats and writes full-time.

A stalwart of the village pub quiz team, Karen joined them when they competed in the BBC’s famous Quiz Show, ‘Eggheads’ – a TV programme she’d never watched before. Much to her surprise, they won.

Karen loves historical fiction and TV costume drama and has always enjoyed a good mystery.

She also loves to hear from readers and you can easily contact her via her website:

For the latest news about her novels, public appearances and some special offers sign up for her Occasional Newsletter.

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