Richard Hull was born Richard Henry Sampson. His first book The Murder of My Aunt was published in 1934. The novel, set in Dysserth, Welshpool, is known for its humour, narrative charm and unexpected twists. Hull moved into full-time writing in 1934 and wrote a further fourteen novels over the span of his career.

During the Second World War, Hull was an auditor with the Admiralty in London, a position he retained for eighteen years until he retired in 1958. While he stopped writing detective fiction after 1953, Hull continued to take an interest in the affairs of the Detection Club, assisting Agatha Christie with her duties as President.

Representative bestsellers: The Murder of My Aunt, Excellent Intentions, Murder Isn’t Easy