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Out soon:

A Pair of Sharp Eyes

Kat Armstrong

Coronation hears of the murders before she even reaches the slave port of Bristol – six boys found with their throats slit. Horrified, she wonders at 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 girls like her, fresh from the countryside and desperate for work.

When the murderer strikes shockingly close to Coronation, she schemes, eavesdrops and spies on all around her until the shameful truth is out.

Mick Herron, Jackson Lamb Thrillers: 'Murder and mystery in eighteenth-century Bristol. A treat for fans of Ambrose Parry.'

Stephen Booth, Cooper and Fry Crime Series:  ‘A Pair of Sharp Eyes is not only a fascinating murder mystery, but an absorbing evocation of the world of the 18th century Bristol. And what a unique heroine Kat Armstrong has created in her smart fourteen-year-old maidservant Coronation Amesbury! Fans of historical crime fiction will love this one. An outstanding debut.’

Roz Watkins, DCI Meg Dalton Thrillers: '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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