Hello, and thank you for visiting my Amazon Page. I'm Karen Charlton, a writer of mysteries. I write historical crime fiction, set in Regency England.
My Detective Lavender Mysteries, published by Thomas & Mercer, are the fictional adventures of Stephen Lavender, who was a real-life Principal Officer with the Bow Street Police Office in London.
By the early 19th century, Principal officers had a variety of different and important roles although they were still nicknamed 'Bow Street Runners' as if they were messenger boys. Apart from supporting their colleagues solve crime in the capital, they were often sent out to help magistrates in the provinces with difficult cases. They also took part in undercover work in periods of insurrection, for example, during the Luddite riots in the Midlands and were available to hire by wealthy landowners.
They were Britain's earliest private detectives and were famous throughout London. They were the only policemen allowed into Buckingham House (the forerunner of the palace) and did security work for the Bank of England. On some occasions, they were even sent abroad to help with crimes and criminals who had spilled out over our borders onto the continent.
Through my research, I have come across dozens of their cases reported in the newspapers of the time. I frequently use them as the basis for the plots of my novels. I have just completed the fifth book in the series: 'Death of a Lothario.' There are also two Detective Lavender Short Stories to compliment the series: 'The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds' and 'The Piccadilly Pickpocket.'
'Catching the Eagle', my first novel, is the true story of our notorious ancestor, Jamie Charlton, who was convicted back in 1810 of Northumberland's biggest robbery. To explain how my late husband and I discovered this gaol-bird in our family tree, I wrote my nonfiction genealogy book, 'Seeking Our Eagle.' It's a 'How -we-did-it' rather than a 'whodunit?' and is probably the closest I'll ever come to an autobiography.
An English graduate and a former teacher, I now write full-time and live in a remote fishing village on the North East coast of England. I am a stalwart of the village pub quiz and my team once won the BBC quiz show 'Eggheads.' My other claim to fame is that I won a Yorkshire Tourist Board award for writing Murder Mystery Weekends.
Apart from that, I'm pretty normal really.
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You can find out more about me and my work at http://www.karencharlton.com
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