A Just and Upright Man

By R J Lynch

Historical fiction, Romance, Crime & mystery | Paperback, eBook


It is 1763. James Blakiston, overseer of Lord Ravenshead’s estate and a newcomer to the Durham parish of Ryton, is determined to solve the mystery of old Reuben Cooper’s murder — but he has no idea how to go about it. As enclosure threatens to make the poor even poorer, Blakiston follows one misguided hunch after another. The only thing that he can really be certain of is his love for the beautiful and spirited Kate Greener — a love he is determined to resist, for Kate is the daughter of a penniless labourer and Blakiston has in any case not recovered from being thrown over by the woman he believed loved him...



Raised in the northeast of England and a writer since he was 10, John Lynch spent 40+ years in international sales, living and working on every continent except Antarctica. He writes historical fiction as R J Lynch and contemporary fiction under his own name. In his historical fiction he writes not about people of wealth, power and position but about those at the bottom of the heap – the farm labourers, miners and straw cutters from whom most of us are descended. As he says, “they fell in love, married and raised families just as the rich did”.


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Raised in the northeast of England and a writer since he was 10, John Lynch spent 40+ years in international sales, living and working on every continent except Antarctica. He writes historical fiction as R J Lynch and contemporary fiction under his own name. In his historical fiction he writes not about people of wealth, power and position but about those at the bottom of the heap – the farm labo...


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Book 1 in the James Blakiston series

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Shortlisted for the Historical Novel Society's 2015 Indie Prize. "An absolute gem, R.J Lynch’s tale put me in mind of Winston Graham’s Poldark" - Janis Smith. "This novel is on a par with Thomas Hardy's meaty offerings of country life and the hardships of the less well off: those beholden to the super-rich of their day" - Francine Howarth, Romance Reviews Magazine


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