About Me

William Savage

Pen and Pension is the blog of William Savage, who writes historical mystery novels set in Norfolk between 1760 and 1800.

“I started to write fiction as a way of keeping my mind active in retirement. Throughout my life, I have read and enjoyed hundreds of detective stories and mystery novels. One of my other loves is history, so it seemed natural to put the two together. Thus began two series of murder mystery books set in Norfolk, England.

All my books are set between 1760 and around 1800, a period of turmoil in Britain, with constant wars, revolutions in America and France and finally the titanic, 22-year struggle with Napoleon.

The Ashmole Foxe series takes place at the start of this time and is located in Norwich. Mr Foxe is a dandy, a bookseller and, unknown to most around him, the mayor’s immediate choice to deal with anything likely to upset the peace or economic security of the city.

The series featuring Dr Adam Bascom, a young gentleman physician caught up in the beginning of the Napoleonic wars, takes place in a variety of locations near the North Norfolk coast. Adam builds a successful medical practice, but his insatiable curiosity and knack for unravelling intrigue constantly involve him in mysteries large and small.”

Check out Will’s author page here now.

17 Responses to About Me

  1. FreyjasOdyssey says:

    I was just passing, so I thought I’d stop by.
    I’m thrilled you are writing more about MR Ashmole Fox, as I can’t get enough of the books, I have them as ebooks but I intend to purchase them as hard copies over the next few weeks, I much prefer a real book to an iPad/phone screen.
    I adore your blog, and I adore your books, what a gifted writer you are! You make the era(s) come alive, and they fulfill my all consuming passion for history quite nicely. Thank you for all the effort you put into them both. It is deeply appreciated.
    Manja-Freyja Gustafsson (Bookaremyblood).

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  2. Joceline Rennie says:

    Hi William, I’ve just discovered your lovely verse for English Country Garden on Regina Jeffers blog. May I quote your verse on my Facebook volunteers page for Side by Side, which is a free singing group for visitors to an older folks day centre here is Penzance, Cornwall. Your verse makes much more sense that the US version which I never understood! If you’d like to check us out on FB please search for Side by Side at Pengarth Day centre. Every so often I like to post a bit of background about some of the songs we sing – for interest and as an excuse to post something!

    Thank you so much. Hope to hear from you soon. Joceline

    “How many song-birds make their nests in an English country garden?
    I’ll tell you now of some that I know, and those I miss, I hope you’ll pardon.
    Babbling, coo-cooing doves, robins and the warbling thrush,
    Blackbirds, lark, finch and nightingale.
    We smile in the spring when the birds all start to sing in an English country garden.”


  3. Sharon says:

    Just seen your article on the Noverre family they are part of my family the black & white pic that say possible Jean Georges is correct I do have a couple of others of him aswell I have a lot of family from Norwich/Norfolk.

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  5. artandarchitecturemainly says:

    Thanks for the posts so far. How do I leave a comment or question about a specific post?


  6. carriekwiatkowski says:

    Oh! That’s perfect! Thanks so much. And keep these blog posts coming. They’re very enjoyable.


  7. carriekwiatkowski says:

    Hi William! For some reason I can’t find the link to make comments on the article on physicians, apothecaries, and surgeons. Hopefully, typing it here will be okay. I’m interested in 18th/19th century medicine for a character of mine. Do you know what specific text (or texts) a physician would use back then?


  8. Julie Davis says:

    Hi William I am on the Alburgh parish council and we have been contacted by a descendant of Abigail Hambling who is trying to find out the location of her house in Alburgh would you have any information on this could you also give me your cost for speaking to local groups


  9. Diane Challenor says:

    Ah! I had an inkling that I was incorrect. I do a bit of editing and it flows over to my reading. Best wishes!


  10. Diane Challenor says:

    Hello, I’ve read An Unlamented Death and I’m enjoying The Fabric of Murder. Excellent storytelling, thank you. There’s possibly a repetitive typo related to dyes, that is, the word “receipts” appears where I think the word should be “recipes”.


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