Sarah Hawkswood

Interviewed 26 March 2022

Sarah Hawkswood

Sarah Hawkswood describes herself as a wordsmith, who is only really happy when writing. She read Modern History at St Hugh’s College, Oxford, taking Military History and the Theory of War as her special subject.

Her first job was writing educational material for Salisbury Cathedral and her first published book was From Trench & Turret: Royal Marines Diaries and Letters 1914-1918, which was a labour of love because her father, grandfather and great-grandfather all served in the Corps.

She turned to fiction when her children were in their teens and an empty nest loomed, and says that ‘her boys’, Bradecote, Catchpoll and Walkelin, have become so much part of her life that they are effectively real, just non-corporeal.

Her pen name is that of her six times great-grandmother. Sarah is married, with two grown-up children, and now lives in Worcestershire, which makes writing the Bradecote & Catchpoll series easier when planning their adventures. When not writing, Sarah has a passion for dressmaking (without the awful time pressures of the Great British Sewing Bee) and is a keen birdwatcher.


Books by Sarah Hawkswood

River of Sins

The butchered body of a woman is found on an island in the Severn a few miles from Worcester. Undersherriff Hugh Bradecote and Sergeant Catchpoll are tasked with solving the mystery of her death.

Reviewed on 23 October 2021 by John Cleal

Blood Runs Thicker

Undersheriff of Worcester Hugh Bradecote and his associates, the cynical Sergeant Catchpoll and his apprentice Walkelin must solve the mystery of who killed the unpopular and bullying manor lord Osbern de Lench and left his body stripped to its underwear.

Reviewed on 25 June 2021 by John Cleal

Hostage to Fortune

When the widow Worcester’s undersheriff Hugh Bradecote is to wed is kidnapped along with a group of Benedictine monks, Bradecote must fight his fears for their safety to rescue them from a psychopath who kills for pleasure.

Reviewed on 24 April 2021 by John Cleal

Vale of Tears

A wealthy horse dealer is found dead in a mill leat. He was stabbed, but not robbed. Under Sheriff Hugh Bradecote, veteran Sheriff’s Sergeant Catchpoll and his young trainee Walkelin face a series of mysteries as their investigations go far beyond the obvious to a web of greed, obsession and murder.

Reviewed on 13 March 2021 by John Cleal

Faithful Unto Death

When the Prince of Powys’ messenger fails to reach his English destination, lord sheriff’s men Bradecote, Catchpoll and Walkelin must check a dead man’s identity.

Reviewed on 21 November 2020 by John Cleal

Marked To Die

A mysterious archer leaves a string of corpses in his wake as he leads attacks on the salt road from (Droit)Wich. When a local lord falls victim, the Sheriff of Worcester dispatches Hugh Bradecote and Serjeant Catchpoll to put a stop to the attacks.

Reviewed on 17 February 2018 by John Cleal

Ordeal by Fire

Veteran Sheriff Sergeant Catchpoll must catch a 12th century arsonist who has set fires which have killed two people – and at the same time cope with a keen, but inexperienced, new Under Sheriff.

Reviewed on 21 January 2017 by John Cleal

The Lord Bishop's Clerk

No-one is sorry when the Bishop of Winchester’s manipulative, spying, clerk is found bludgeoned to death before the altar at Pershore Abbey. But Serjeant Catchpoll, thief-taker to Worcester’s Sheriff, must discover who did it and why.

Reviewed on 12 September 2015 by John Cleal