The adventures and exploits of Pignon Scorbion, Police Chief Inspector of Haxford, a small countryside village in 1910 England, continue as he solves baffling cases through his distinctive powers of deduction and observation.
Conducting investigations and interrogating suspects in the town’s barbershop, Scorbion is aided by his sergeant, Simon Adley, and a colorful band of amateur “deputies” — barbers Calvin Brown, Yves and Barnabus, shoeshine man Thomas, Morning News reporter Billy Arthurson and unconventional bookshop owner Thelma Smith, whose brilliance and beauty captivate, challenge, and complement Scorbion.
During an unusually heat-filled English summer, Scorbion and his cohorts are presented with a series of intriguing crimes: the near-impossible death of a hot-air balloonist shot and killed by an arrow while seemingly aloft and alone in the balloon, a blacksmith murdered on his way home after helping deliver twin calves, and the poisoning of a usurious moneylender who mysteriously dies in barbershop as he is having his hair cut.
While Scorbion is working to unravel the mysteries and motivations behind each murder, Faustin Hardcastle, owner and editor of the Haxford Gazette, continues to smear him, and assigns one of his reporters to solve the murders before Scorbion. And to complicate his life further, Scorbion deals with the possible unwanted return of his ex-wife, Katherine, while he attempts to maintain and grow a relationship with Thelma.
Endorsed by Al Roker, Catherine Coulter, Rex Pickett, Andrew Child (Jack Reacher), Andrew Gulli (Editor of Strand Mystery Magazine) and many other celebrities and best-selling authors, plus already receiving greart reviews from/on Publishers Weekly, Booklist, Historical Novel Society, and a handpicked Top Indie Favorite of B&N Press/Nook.