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New On My Shelf This Week

This book comes recommended by the lovely Kelsey Butts from Book Publicity Services, who has also secured a great guest post, written by the author A.H (Angela) Richardson, and which will air here on August 9th.

Why not stop by and check that post out – It’s sure to make for interesting reading!


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.


Image Of Author A.H. (Angela) RichardsonA. H. (Angela) 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.

In addition to children’s books, she also enjoys writing murder mysteries.

Angela 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. Her other interests include; painting in acrylics and water colors, sculpting in clay, and wood burning (mostly wildlife). She also loves to work with horses and in her younger days she did a lot of riding – That’s one busy lady!

Angela plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with the British twist, which all her books have.

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!

Keep up with all the latest news at Angela’s website

Follow Angela on Twitter

Connect with Angela on Facebook

Picture of an English red post boxMailbox Monday is a gathering place for readers to share the books that came into their house during the last week. Be warned that Mailbox Monday can lead to envy, toppling TBR piles and humongous wish lists.

Mailbox Monday now has a permanent home, where links may be added each week. So why not stop by, leave a link to your own Mailbox Monday post, oh! and don’t forget to leave a comment for our three new joint administrators, after all, we all like to receive them … Your Hosts for  ‘Mailbox Monday

Leslie of ‘Under My Apple Tree’

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Martha of ‘Reviews By Martha’s Bookshelf’

This is a great way to plan out your reading week and see what others are currently reading as well… You never know where that next “must read” book will come from!

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  • Love the sound of this one so I will investigate further. East Tennessee eh? Having driven through that area I can quite understand how anyone could live there very happily indeed!

    • Hi Cath,

      Dave has never travelled far enough south with his work and I have never travelled quite far enough north when we have been on holiday, so East Tennessee is in our ‘no mans land’ of knowledge, although it does look fantastic from the research I have done.

      I have to admit that the characters of ‘Hazlitt and Brandon’ do sound quite eccentric. My mind first went to ‘Poirot, Hastings and Inspector Japp’ but now I am wondering if we are talking more the ‘Jeeves and Wooster’ style?

      A good old fashioned murder / mystery – you can’t beat it 🙂

    • Hi Evelina,

      This is a new book and author for me also, however I have had some excellent recommendations from the publicists I am in regular contact with, made even better when there is a good guest post I can run alongside other promotional posts.

      A good murder / mystery is always going to find its way to the top of my TBR pile just a little more quickly!

      Thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment 🙂

    • Hi Kathy,

      You know me too well!!

      Any story which includes a good detective and sneaky murder or two, is right up my street 🙂

    • Hi Laura,

      I just made that exact same remark in response to one of my earlier commenters, although why we should assume that this story contains any humour, I don’t know.

      As a typical late 1940s early 1950s murder mystery, I am expecting an investigation carried out in great detail and with total precision and hopefully couched in the language of the time!

      I am definitely looking forwad to reading ‘Murder In Little Shendon’ 🙂

    • Hi Cheryl,

      If like me, you are a fan of the traditional, classic murder / mystery, then this one definitely seems to fit the bill.

      I hope that you also enjoy it, should it get added to your list and thanks for taking the time to visit this week 🙂

    • Hi Carol,

      I am real sucker for any book which involves a good murder or two.

      Having been weaned on the classical historical mysteries of Agatha Christie and Ngaio Marsh, I shall always have a soft spot for the genre.

      Thanks for stopping by and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

  • This sounds like a series I’d really enjoy! In a round about way, it reminds me of the Richard Jury series by Martha Grimes… only because Melrose Plant, my favorite character from that series, might be similar to her two sleuths here.

    I graduated from the University of Tennessee (many moons ago) which is in eastern Tennessee, so I look forward to hearing more from the author in her guest post.

    • Hi Kelly,

      Tennessee is not a State I know at all, in fact I never knew that East Tennessee was an official Grand Division of the State.

      I did carry out a little research when I read Angela’s biography and it certainly does look to be a lovely place. Anywhere with mountains and water gets my vote every time!

      I have only ever read one or two of the ‘Richard Jury’ series, so when I was discussing similar detective pairings to ‘Hazlitt and Brandon’ with a couple of previous commenters to the post, it never even came to mind. I can see entirely where you are coming from with the possible similarities and doing the research has now made me want to revisit the ‘Jury’ series (like I have time for that!)

      I am, maybe incorrectly, getting vibes that ‘Hazlitt and Brandon’ are a couple of toffs with money, who don’t need to work and therefore consider themselves to be helping Inspector Burgess in their capacity as amateur sleuths, whilst they are in reality, probably very much of a pain in his side. I am definitely waiting for the clash of personalitiies.

      Wow! got a bit carried away there… Talk about analysing a book before I have even read the first line 🙂

      • I may wait until the guest author post, but I’m tempted to go ahead and add it to my Kindle. The price is certainly right, though I really don’t have time for any new books right now!

        While checking out her website, I noticed the author has written a children’s book that Tracy reviewed. Small world!

        • I never have time for any new books, but that doesn’t stop me adding them. I just can’t resist a bargain, which I know isn’t really a bargain if I never read it!!

          I must have missed that review on Tracy’s site, but as you say, what a small world. I don’t generally take much notice of children’s books, however I just checked them out and these do look like great fun.

          Enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

    • Hi Martha,

      I know what you mean about the author photo, she looks “happy in her own skin”, doesn’t she?

      Some of the authors I am introduced to, write amazing books, but then are camera and social media shy, which doesn’t really correlate for me. If you want to get your work out there, noticed and more importantly selling, then you have to be prepared to front it out, surely?

      That definitely doesn’t seem to describe Angela in any way. She obviously enjoys her writing and wants everyone to share that feeling when they read her books!

      Have a great week and thanks for hosting 🙂

    • Hi Elizabeth,

      You are definitely a woman after my own heart, although I’m not sure that anyone peeking in on this exchange, seeing us chatting happily about the merits of murder, would feel quite so reassured!!

      Generally, the fictional locations of many of the crime stories and series, actually have genuine places which are their counterpart, so I am wondering if this is the case with ‘Little Shendon’. I’ll let you know if I find out!

      Great to chat with you and enjoy the rest of your week 🙂

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