Countdown with Sarah Hawkswood
Interviewed 26 March 2022
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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