Pignon Scorbion & the Barbershop Detectives
The year is 1910, and in the small and seemingly sleepy English municipality of Haxford, there’s a new chief police inspector. At first, the dapper and unflappable The year is 1910, and in the small and seemingly sleepy English municipality of Haxford, there’s a new chief police inspector. At first, the dapper and unflappable Pignon
Scorbion strikes something of an odd figure among the locals, who don’t see a need for such an exacting investigator. But it isn’t long before Haxford finds itself very much in need of a detective.
Luckily, Scorbion and the local barber are old acquaintances, and the barbershop employs a cast of memorable characters who—together with an aspiring young ace reporter for the local Morning News—are nothing less than enthralled by the enigmatic new chief police inspector.
Investigating a trio of crimes whose origins span three continents and half a century, Pignon Scorbion and his “tonsorial sleuths” interview a parade of interested parties, but with every apparent clue, new surprises come to light. And just as it seems nothing can derail Scorbion’s cool head and almost unerring nose for deduction, in walks Thelma Smith—dazzling, whip-smart, and newly single.
Has Pignon Scorbion finally met his match?
For fans of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie’s Hercule Poirot, author Rick Bleiweiss’s quirky new detective and ensemble cast of characters set against the backdrop of small-town England in the 1910s, will feel both comfortingly familiar and thrillingly new.
Rick Bleiweiss is a Best-Selling Author, Publishing Executive, Former Music Industry Executive and GRAMMY Nominated record producer.
At 77-years-old, his first novel, “Pignon Scorbion & The Barbershop Detectives” was published in early 2022 to great acclaim as an Amazon Editors’ Pick, a Debut Mystery Pick by both Barnes & Noble and Publishers Weekly and was voted their Buzz Book by the Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association (among other major endorsements). It was Amazon’s #1 best-selling Cozy Mystery, #1 Historical Mystery and #1 in three other categories. To support the book, Bleiweiss created a video game, theme song, t-shirts and a video trailer.
Additionally, his story in the mystery anthology Hotel California, which is being published later this summer, has been getting great advance reviews.
Rick is a member of the International Thriller Writers, Mystery Writers of America, Historical Novel Society, and the Pacific Northwest Writers Association among other organizations.
Bleiweiss started his career in music as a rock performer, producer of over fifty records (including a Grammy nomination), songwriter and record company senior executive in New York City. He worked with numerous music industry legends, including Clive Davis, Melissa Etheridge, the Backstreet Boys, Kiss, U2, Whitney Houston, the BeeGees, and many other superstars.
Since 2006 has been a publishing company executive with Blackstone Publishing, In that role he has acquired works by bestselling and award-winning authors and celebrities including Rex Pickett (“Sideways”), Robert Downey Jr, Al Roker, James Clavell (“Shogun”), PC Cast (“House of Night”), Gabriel García Márquez, Natasha Boyd (“The Indigo Girl”), Andrews & Wilson (“Tier One”), Dale Brown, Ramsey Lewis, Al Di Meola, Catherine Coulter, Heather Graham, Andrew Child, and Nicholas Sansbury Smith (“Hell Divers”), among others.
On his YouTube video show "Rick Bleiweiss' Chapter & Verse" Rick interviews best-selling authors, literary agents and other entertainment industry figures. In their segments they talk about their careers and give advice to aspiring weriters.