Friday, December 2, 2011

Catching the Eagle (Regency Reivers 1) by Karen Charlton

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.

Reviewer: QueenBee
The eagle is considered the king of birds and when it settles next to one of the poor men in England you know things are going to change. Set in the 1880’s, the author crafts a historical tale that is filled with mystery. It's clear from the start who's the killer and the introduction of significant characters happens in places that readers of historical mysteries have come to love, but while everything seems straight forward the author introduces twist that set off a series of events.

It was a good solid piece of writing; however, it didn’t grab me at me at the start. The author should have introduced the twist earlier as it was pretty clear cut from the start of novel who was going to be charged with the crime and that's why I give it 3.5 stars.

Publisher: Knox Robinson Publishing


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