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Whitechurch, Victor L: Downland Echoes. V1. 27 Mar 2012

Victor Lorenzo Whitechurch (12 March 1868 – 25 May 1933) was a Church of England clergyman and author.
He wrote many novels on different themes. He is probably best known for his detective stories featuring Thorpe Hazell, which featured in the Strand Magazine, Railway Magazine, Pearson's and Harmsworth's Magazines. Hazell was a vegetarian railway detective, whom the author intended to be as far from Sherlock Holmes as possible. Another character was the spy Captain Ivan Koravitch. He also wrote religious books, as well as novels set in the church (see below).
Whitechurch's stories were admired by Ellery Queen and Dorothy L. Sayers for their "immaculate plotting and factual accuracy: he was one of the first writers to submit his manuscripts to Scotland Yard for vetting as to police procedure."

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THERE were two principal types in the village. First, men with thin faces and noses and dark hair and eyes—eyes that were set near each other and did not easily look you straight in the face. Perhaps—indeed, most likely—their ancestors were Britons; Britons who were never altogether driven westward by the invader.
The other men were fair of hair and fresh-faced—faces inclining to roundness, with big noses and light eyes. Anglo-Saxon these. Men that got louder and more quarrelsome than the dark-faced men when drunk—if so be that they drank, but men you would sooner quarrel with, all the same—that is, if your quarrel were not to be a lasting one.
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