Catching the Eagle

Catching the Eagle

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Easter Monday, 1809: Kirkley Hall manor house is mysteriously burgled. When suspicion falls on Jamie Charlton, he and his family face a desperate battle to save him from the gallows.When 1,157 rent money is stolen from Kirkley Hall, it is the biggest robbery Northumberland has ever known. The owner sends for Stephen Lavender, a principal officer with the Bow Street magistrate's court in London, to investigate the crime. Suspicion soon falls on impoverished farm labourer, Jamie Charlton, and the unpopular steward, Michael Aynsley.Jamie Charlton is a loving family man but he is hot-tempered and careless. As the case grows against him, it seems that only his young brother, William, can save him from an impending miscarriage of justice. But William is struggling with demons of his own. Desperate to break free from the tangled web of family ties which bind him to their small community, he is alarmed to find that he is falling in love with Jamie's wife.Set beneath the impenetrable gaze of a stray golden eagle whose fate seems to mirror that of Jamie's, Catching the Eagle, the first novel in the Regency Reivers Series, is a fictionalised account of a trial that devastated a family and divided a community.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 354 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 23.88mm | 684.92g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1908483032
  • 9781908483034
  • 1,818,291

Review quote

"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)
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About Karen Charlton

Karen Charlton grew up in Sheffield and Leeds. She completed an English degree at Hull University. After a few years of roaming between various jobs in Harrogate, Ripon, and Scarborough, she finally settled in Teesside. She completed a postgraduate teaching certificate at Durham University. Since then, she has combined a teaching job at a Stockton secondary school with her writing and raising her own pair of "little villains." The Regency Reivers series is based on the true story of her family's notorious ancestor, Jamie Charlton.
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4 31% (145)
3 21% (95)
2 7% (31)
1 2% (8)
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