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Karen Charlton

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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 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 Murder Mystery Weekends.

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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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THE SCENT OF DEATH
by Andrew Taylor
NEW FAVOURITE AUTHOR
I know I am late to the party (again) - Andrew Taylor has been writing award-winning historical mysteries for decades - but I've only just discovered his incredible novels!
I really enjoyed The Scent of Death and have happily ignored everything else on my TBR pile to go straight into the sequel, The Silent Boy.
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“Brightly lit inside, the mullioned windows glowed attractively against the stuccoed walls of the timber-framed tavern, casting pools of warm yellow light onto the gleaming cobbles of the yard.”
Karen Charlton, The Sculthorpe Murder

“I was fascinated to learn that the real-life Stephen Lavender, on whom my fictional hero is based, was involved in the aftermath of the shocking murder. He, along with fellow Principal Officers John Vickery and Harry Adkins, gathered the evidence required to convict Bellingham. The connection Vickery made between the pistol ball used to kill Bellingham and the small machine used to make it which he found in Bellingham’s lodgings, is often cited as the first example in a UK courtroom of ballistic forensic analysis”
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“British law was designed to protect the law-making classes.”
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