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Whitechurch, Victor L

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Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (1868-1933) was educated at Chichester Theological College and Durham University. He married Florence Partridge, took holy orders and served as a curate from 1891 to 1904, when he became Vicar of Blewsbury Berkshire. From 1913 to 1931 he was a resident clergyman at Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. He was the son of Matilda Cornwall. He became the author of 24 books, and in 1911 he published Concerning Himself, an autobiography.

He wrote many stories featuring railways. Several were published in The Strand magazine. Later in life he wrote several full-length detective novels. His most famous detective was Thorpe Hazell (created to be as unlike Sherlock Holmes as possible). Holmes' eccentricities pale into insignificance when compared to Hazell. Hazell, a vegan and physical fitness fanatic, thought nothing of eating and exercising whenever the mood took him, irrespective of where he was and who else was present, as this extract from the excellent Sir Gilbert Murrell's Picture shows:

 

There was an hour or so before the return train would pass and Hazell occupied it by walking to the shepherd's cottage. "I am hungry," he explained to the woman there, "and hunger is Nature's dictate for food. Can you oblige me with a couple of onions and a broomstick?" And she talks to this day of the strange man who "kept a swingin' o' that there broomstick round 'is 'ead and then eat them onions as solemn as a judge."'

 

 

Bibliography

 

Thrilling Stories of the Railway aka Stories of the Railway (1912)

The Templeton Case (1924)

The Adventures of Captain Ivan Koravitch short stories (1925)

The Crime at Diana's Pool (1927)

Shot on the Downs (1927)

Mixed Relations aka The Robbery at Rudwick House (1929)

Murder at the Pageant (1930)

Murder at the College aka Murder at Exbridge (1932)

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