Karen Charlton
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Karen Charlton

Karen Charlton is the best-selling author of The Detective Lavender Mystery Series which is set in Regency London and features Bow Street's Principal Officer, Stephen Lavender and his humorous side-kick, Constable Ned Woods.
Karen is also the co-author of 'The Silver Sex Kittens', a new series of cosy chicklit for the mature woman. In addition to that, she has written a stand-alone historical novel, 'Catching the Eagle' based on the true story of her notorious criminal ancestor and a genealogical book that explains how she and her late husband tracked down the jail-bird in their family tree.
A former English teacher, with two grown-up children, Karen now writes full-time - except on Thursdays. On Thursdays, she and her little grandson, Bruce, trawl the streets of their tiny, Yorkshire fishing village looking for adventure.
Karen was widowed in 2013 and was advised by her counsellor to accept every invitation that came her way. This is how she ended up with her pub quiz team on the BBC's famous Quiz Show, 'Eggheads' - a TV programme she'd never watched before. Much to her surprise, they won.
Karen loves historical fiction and she always enjoys a good mystery. If she's reincarnated she hopes to come back as a private detective - but knowing her luck, she'll probably just re-appear as a stalker.
Karen loves to hear from readers and you can easily contact her via her website: karencharlton.com
For the latest news about her novels, public appearances and some special offers sign up for her Occasional Newsletter.







Hello, and thank you for visiting my Amazon Page. I'm Karen Charlton. I write historical crime fiction, set in Regency England and
My Detective Lavender Mysteries, published by Thomas & Mercer, are the fictional adventures of Stephen Lavender, who was a real-life Principal Officer with the Bow Street Police Office in London.
By the early 19th century, Principal officers had a variety of different and important roles although they were still nicknamed 'Bow Street Runners' as if they were messenger boys. Apart from supporting their colleagues solve crime in the capital, they were often sent out to help magistrates in the provinces with difficult cases. They also took part in undercover work in periods of insurrection, for example, during the Luddite riots in the Midlands and were available to hire by wealthy landowners.
They were Britain's earliest private detectives and were famous throughout London. They were the only policemen allowed into Buckingham House (the forerunner of the palace) and did security work for the Bank of England. On some occasions, they were even sent abroad to help with crimes and criminals who had spilled out over our borders onto the continent.
Through my research, I have come across dozens of their cases reported in the newspapers of the time. I frequently use them as the basis for the plots of my novels. I have just completed the fifth book in the series: 'Murder in Park Lane.' There are also two Detective Lavender Short Stories to compliment the series: 'The Mystery of the Skelton Diamonds' and 'The Piccadilly Pickpocket.'
'Catching the Eagle', my first novel, is the true story of our notorious ancestor, Jamie Charlton, who was convicted back in 1810 of Northumberland's biggest robbery. To explain how my late husband and I discovered this gaol-bird in our family tree, I wrote my nonfiction genealogy book, 'Seeking Our Eagle.' It's a 'How -we-did-it' rather than a 'whodunit?' and is probably the closest I'll ever come to an autobiography.
An English graduate and a former teacher, I now write full-time and live in a remote fishing village on the North East coast of England. I am a stalwart of the village pub quiz and my team once won the BBC quiz show 'Eggheads.' My other claim to fame is that I won a Yorkshire Tourist Board award for writing Murder Mystery Weekends.
Apart from that, I'm pretty normal really.
I hope you enjoy my stories and, if you do, please remember to leave me a review.
You can find out more about me and my work at http://www.karencharlton.com
Please remember to sign up for my Occasional Newsletter on the landing page if you would like regular updates about my literary exploits and adventures.

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    • Murder in Park Lane

    • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Karen Charlton
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 214
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 191
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 191

    London, 1812. At a fashionable address in leafy Mayfair, a far cry from Detective Stephen Lavender’s usual haunts, a man is found dead in his room. He has been brutally stabbed, but the door is locked from the inside, and the weapon is missing....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Another Brilliant Mystery

    • By Julia Irzyk on 03-10-19

    Regular price: $14.99

    • The Heiress of Linn Hagh

    • By: Karen Charlton
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 2,111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 1,878
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 1,869

    Northumberland, 1809: A beautiful young heiress disappears from her locked bedchamber at Linn Hagh. The local constables are baffled and the townsfolk cry "witchcraft"....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good, solid cosy mystery

    • By Ms Lixie on 07-08-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • The Sans Pareil Mystery

    • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Karen Charlton
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 10 hrs and 15 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 976
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 869
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 866

    On a cold February night in Regency London, a dark curtain falls on the Sans Pareil Theatre following the death of April Clare, a promising young actress....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good mystery with excellent narrator.

    • By MidwestGeek on 12-29-15

    Regular price: $10.49

    • Plague Pits & River Bones

    • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 4
    • By: Karen Charlton
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 10 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 432
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 386
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 384

    London, 1812: Treacherous gangs roam the capital, and not even the Palace of Westminster is safe....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • No One Is Smiling on Bowstreet Station

    • By Chuck on 03-12-18

    Regular price: $18.19

    • The Sculthorpe Murder

    • The Detective Lavender Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Karen Charlton
    • Narrated by: Michael Page
    • Length: 9 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 772
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 684
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 681

    Northamptonshire, 1810: As a new canal network snakes across the landscape, a vicious mob stakes its claim to the county. Every local constable is out on the hunt for the ruthless Panther Gang....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Based in historical fact

    • By Through a Golden Eye on 09-11-16

    Regular price: $10.49

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