Catching the Eagle Karen Charlton

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Catching the Eagle  by  Karen Charlton

Catching the Eagle by Karen Charlton
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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 biggestMoreEaster 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 Detective 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 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 Jamies, Catching the Eagle is a fictionalised account of a real trial that devastated a family and divided a community.A SUSPENSE-FILLED PAGE-TURNERTold 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.Kathy Stevenson, The Daily MailAN ENJOYABLE READIt 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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