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A Pair of Sharp Eyes

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. Horrified, she questions the locals’ readiness to blame the killings on Red John, a travelling-man few have actually seen. Coronation yearns to know more about the mystery. But first she has to outsmart the bawds, thieves and rakes who prey on young ...more
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by Hookline Books
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Jane Hunt
I hope this is going to be a series.

Coronation (Corrie) the main protagonist is enigmatic, despite her youth. Her courage, cleverness, and compassion make her the perfect amateur sleuth and social activist. The historical setting is so well-drawn. It transports the reader to 18th Century Bristol on so many levels; criminal, economic, political, sensory and social class are all explored here. The vast disparity between the rich and the poor is clear. The setting is authentic and believable
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Jessica Belmont
Sep 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Pair of Sharp Eyesdrew me in immediately. Kat Armstrong’s writing is wonderful. I absolutely loved the first person point of view. It kept me engrossed in the story and connected me to the main character, Corrie, immediately.

The story was fast-paced and engaging. The plotline was unique, and the story really exposed the inhumanity of the slave trade and anti-semitism. With such deep rooted themes, there’s also a mystery to solve. And while that doesn’t really pick up until midway through the
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Emma
Review published on www.agoodyearinthelife.com

Thank you to Kat Armstrong and Hookline Books for the advance copy for honest review.

It’s not often that I jump on the new release bandwagon and try a book as soon as it is released, but I was fortunate to receive an advance copy of Kat Armstrong’s new historical mystery novel A Pair of Sharp Eyes, released in early September. I’m a sucker for both mystery and history (hey, I’m a poet…), and here we have a historical mystery that weaves together a
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Bev
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical fiction isn't usually my thing but this was so different. The striking cover and the blurb caught my eye and the minute I started reading it I was hooked by the distinctive voice of Corrie and the exquisite attention to detail. It was one of those books that I wanted to read quickly but didn't want to end! It veers from telling the domestic tale of a young girl to giving us heartbreaking insights into the lives of slaves and paupers in an era that seems so long ago but could so easily ...more
Sue Donaldson
Sep 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic read this was, I was gripped from the beginning. I love a story that takes me on a journey and where something happens on every page.

Kat Armstrong is a clever and intuitive writer. She carried me with her through a a glimpse into the life of 'Corrie'. You could almost feel her experiences.

This book will be a joy to anyone who is lucky enough to read it.

I hope there is a sequel and what about a 'Television Drama'



Linda Hepworth
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As this engaging story opens, fourteen-year-old Coronation (Corrie) Amesbury is a passenger in a stagecoach; following the relatively recent deaths of her brother and her father, and a fire which completely destroyed her home, she is travelling from her home in Wiltshire to the 18th century slave-port of Bristol. Seeking to “better herself”, she plans to stay briefly with her married elder sister whilst she attempts to find a domestic “situation” in one of the many affluent households in the ...more
Annette Morris
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I got really engrossed in this evocative historical who dunnit. The vivid descriptions help the story to romp along most enjoyably in spite of some grisly goings on. I wasn't at all surprised to learn that the author has a PhD from Oxford in 18th century fiction. Looking forward to sharing it with Book Swap Durham.
Sheila Howes
This was far more a historical novel than a crime, and I was left disappointed by that. Whilst there is mention in passing of previous murders, the main investigation doesn't start til about the halfway point. I also struggled with the first person narrative.
*with thanks to the publishers for the advanced copy*
Raquel Izumi
Very well written. Loved the protagonist! Great read.
Roz
Aug 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A vivid, compelling and immersive read. The sights, sounds, smells (and horrors) of 1700s Bristol leap off the page, and the characters are convincing and memorable. Highly recommended.
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Kat Armstrong grew up in Bristol, and became an English lecturer after writing a doctoral thesis on eighteenth-century fiction at the University of Oxford. She has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of Manchester, and has written articles for The Guardian as well as a scholarly study of Daniel Defoe.

Kat’s debut novel, A Pair of Sharp Eyes, was published by Hookline Books in September
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