The Hazlitt/Brandon Series of Murder Mystery Novels by A. H. Richardson
The Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon – as they scratch their heads searching for clues to figure out whodunit.
The first book in the series, Murder in Little Shendon, is a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two.
Picture, if you will, a picturesque village called Little Shendon, suddenly caught up in dealing with a murder of one of its citizens — not a particularly well-liked one at that. Which makes it all the more intriguing because the list of suspects becomes very long. This tantalizing tale unfolds with twists and turns to find out whodunit to Mr. Bartholomew Fynche, the murdered shopkeeper.
Fear grips the community as the investigation slowly progresses. Everyone is interviewed; everyone is suspect! From his housekeeper to Lady Armstrong and her household staff. Or could it be the shy librarian new in town? Or the defiant retired army major and his ladyfriend, the post mistress? Or perhaps the weird sisters who live on the edge of town? Then there is the couple who own the local inn and pub, along with the two Americans who are staying there? Even the vicar and his wife fall under the gloom of suspicion.
Uncertainty, wariness, and terror reign as neighbors watch neighbors to discover the evil that permeates their upturned lives. No one feels safe in this charming little village. Who is the murderer? And why was this strange uncivil man dispatched in such a seemingly civil community?
A murder mystery that will keep you reading until you learn the details, uncovered by Police Inspector Stanley Burgess and his two amateur detectives, Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The three sift methodically through the Alibis and life stories of the suspects until they uncover…
You are challenged to discover the culprit before the last few pages. And no fair looking ahead — it’s the journey that proves the most enticing.
What gave you the idea for this book?
I think it started with Mr. Fynche, who is the first victim in this tale of suspicion, mistrust and disguises. Years ago, my father, the late great British composer Clive Richardson, had a friend who owned a little old bric-a-brac store, antiques and fun junk basically. As an eight-year-old child, I was fascinated by this rather wizened wrinkled up bald little man, who, to my childlike thinking, was rather creepy. He was probably a nice fellow, but I thought he was sinister, so years later, many years later, I made him my ‘bad guy’ – and built the story around his murder. The other characters in my head jostled for position to join in and be a part of it … but that’s how it started.
When did you decide you wanted to be a writer?
I have always enjoyed writing, essays and compositions, since a small child, but never wrote seriously until I turned sixty-five – so all you would-be writers, there is no statute of limitations on writing – write whenever you want to!
What is your favorite murder mystery book?
My favorite murder mystery? There are many, but I loved Agatha Christie’s ‘Death Comes as the End’ – this brilliant lady set her murder in ancient Egypt, I was thirteen when I read it, and found it fascinating!
What’s your next project?
My next project, I am working on it as I write to you, is a fourth in the Hazlitt/Brandon mysteries, titled ‘Murder on Baringo Island’ which is proving to be challenging… but fun.
Is any part of this book based on actual events?
Is any part of the book factual? I lived in the British West Indies for three years, so a knowledge of island life is proving really helpful – some of the characters, their traits and idiosyncracies, have definitely come from people that I met, the good the bad and ugly!
Who is your favorite character in the book and why?
My favorite character is Lady Armstrong, and she has wiggled her way into all the other books – pushy lady! She is very much the ‘grande dame’ – an aristocrat, compassionate, eccentric, very funny, expansive, generous, and colourful – a force to be reckoned with, and oh yes! — she is very rich.
Do you have any advice for people wanting to be an author?
Advice to other would be authors? I say this from the bottom of my heart… if you want to write … then do it. Jump in and do it… and don’t listen to negative comments about how difficult it is… everything worth doing calls for some hard work – read, study, learn composition of sentences, and try to keep your readers fascinated, no matter what the subject, that is definitely number one!
About The Author:
A.H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author.
She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones, a children’s chapter book, in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series.
A.H. Richardson also enjoys writing murder mysteries and who-dun-its. She is the author of the Hazlitt/Brandon series of murder mystery novels. The series follows a pair of clever, colorful and charismatic sleuths – Sir Victor Hazlitt and Beresford Brandon. The series includes Murder in Little Shendon, Act One, Scene One – Murder, and Murder at Serenity Farm.
A.H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.
To learn more, go to https://ahrichardson.com/
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