Karen Charlton

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in Sheffield, The United Kingdom


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Karen Charlton writes historical mystery and is also the author of a nonfiction genealogy book, 'Seeking Our Eagle,' and the joint author of the cosy chicklit series, 'The Silver Sex Kittens'. 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 sixth 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 Murde

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Karen Charlton My most recent book is 'Life After Men', the first short story in the The Silver Sex Kittens Series. It is co-authored with my very good friend, Jean…moreMy most recent book is 'Life After Men', the first short story in the The Silver Sex Kittens Series. It is co-authored with my very good friend, Jean Gill. The idea for it came about over a delicious lunch we shared in in Alnmouth, Northumberland.
While lubricating our creative brain cells with a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc, we bemoaned the lack of fiction starring women of our own age having fun without a man in tow. Most single, middle-aged female characters seem to be either eccentric or miserable and are only happy when a new romance blossoms. 
Yet we both know many successful and fulfilled, single women aged over fifty, who do amazing things and lead fun-filled lives. Even their disasters are impressive. The world is full of Silver Sex Kittens giving it a go.
We decided the world needed some cosy chick-lit featuring these middle-aged women and we finally found time to start work on our first warm-hearted comedy this spring.  
'Life After Men' is the result of that collaboration. A second short story, 'Moira's Highland Fling', is planned for 2019 – and all five of the Silver Sex Kittens will eventually reveal their full potential as the series continues.(less)
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Why I've moved into Cosy Chicklit (The Story Behind Life After Men) Picture I love Stephen Lavender, Ned Woods and my mystery writing. Those guys have kept me warm and entertained throughout some of the darkest days of my life. Creating exciting new mysteries for them to solve for them has been the highlight of my last six winters. The thought that I will have Stephen Lavender’s company is often the... Read more of this blog post »
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" Hi Barbara, The next book in the Detective Lavender Mystery series, 'Plague Pits & River Bones', will be published in January 2018.
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“How many Hail Marys would you have to say in penance before you received absolution for killing a bishop?’ She slapped him on his arm lightly with her gloved hand. ‘Naughty boy.’ The corners of her mouth twitched with amusement.”
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“But what about you? How do you speak my language so well, sir?’ ‘I’m self-taught—but I’ve been several times to Spain in a professional capacity. Hopefully, these experiences took the edge off my appalling accent.’ ‘Indeed—your accent is good. You would pass for a native.”
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