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Rick Bleiweiss. Murder in Haxford (Blackstone Books, $26.99)
The bestselling, award-winning Pignon Scorbion historical mystery series continues!
A delightful day in 1910 at the Haxford Spring Fair turns horrifying and deadly when a balloonist plummets to the earth from the blue skies above. However unlikely, it’s soon discovered that this unfortunate corpse was not done in by his precipitous plunge but instead from an arrow fatally lodged in his chest. Unraveling the twisted web of intrigue that took the man’s life requires the expert skills of Haxford’s brilliant and sartorially splendid Chief Inspector Pignon Scorbion.
But the quirky detective is not alone in this task. Aiding Scorbion in his dogged pursuit of truth and justice are his carefully chosen deputies: six quirky and unconventional thinkers from the town who meet regularly with Scorbion in Calvin Brown’s barbershop to unmask ne’er-do-wells and solve local crimes. Since his move to the charming village, the enigmatic detective has also realized his growing dependence upon its bookshop’s owner. Lovely and quick-witted Thelma Smith not only helps Pignon with his criminal cases, but she seems well on her way to unlocking the mysteries of his heart.
Not everyone in Haxford is so cooperative. Faustin Hardcastle from the Gazette is bound and determined to ruin the town’s new officer of the law with slanderous news reports of failure and misconduct. And other residents of the picture-perfect village do not welcome the inspector’s inquiring eye and expert nose for trouble. When they engage in decidedly unquaint activities like gambling, revenge, forgery, and loan sharking, it falls to Pignon Scorbion to reveal their deceit and criminal misdeeds—all in a good day’s work. Once done, he and Thelma can then thoroughly enjoy a delicious dinner at the Bridgehouse Inn.
RICK BLEIWEISS is an award-winning author, publishing executive, music producer, rock musician, record company senior executive and educator.
Prior to moving to Ashland, Oregon in 2003, Rick spent his life in New York City in the music industry. He was a rock performer & songwriter, produced over 50 records, including a Grammy-nominated album, and was a senior executive at major and independent record companies helping to launch the careers of Melissa Etheridge and the Backstreet Boys. He also worked on the records of Kiss, U2, Whitney Houston, Britney Spears and many other superstars, and specialized in marketing and selling major film soundtracks, including the first three Star Wars films, Saturday Night Fever, and Grease to name a few.
He has lectured at multiple universities on the business of entertainment and co-founded a sports & entertainment marketing program at Baruch College.
Writing under a pen name, he wrote a book that was a #1 eBook in Politics and Humor on Kindle, won the New Apple Literary Society award as the best independently published Short General Fiction eBook of 2016, and received a Readers Favorites award.
Rick has written articles for magazines and newspapers, contributed stories to a number of anthologies and is a member of the Pacific Northwest Writers’ Association, Mystery Writers of America, and International Thriller Writers.
Since 2006 Rick has been an executive at Blackstone Audio where he has acquired works by many incredible authors including James Clavell, Leon Uris, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, HP Lovecraft, Pablo Neruda, Isabelle Allende, Rex Pickett, PC & Kristin Cast, Catherine Coulter, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith, and co-created a book/audiobook series to preserve the wisdom, humor, stories and life experiences of First Nation elders.
Rick has a B.A. in Film and an M.A. in Communications from New York University, and completed an accelerated business leadership program at Harvard University.
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