The Great Portrait Mystery Kindle Edition
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About the Author
Deemed the father of the scientific detective story, Richard Austin Freeman enjoyed a prolific career that saw him gain qualifications as pharmacist and surgeon, pull off a diplomatic coup along the Gold Coast, work for Holloway Prison and then become a formidable writer of fiction. He was born in London, the son of a tailor who went on to train as a pharmacist. After graduating as a surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital Medical College, Freeman taught for a while and then joined the colonial service, offering his skills as an assistant surgeon along the Gold Coast of Africa. He became embroiled in a diplomatic mission when a British expeditionary party was sent to investigate the activities of the French. Through his tact and formidable intelligence, a massacre was narrowly avoided. His future was therefore assured in the colonial service. However, after becoming ill with black-water fever, Freeman was sent back to England to recover and finding his finances precarious, embarked on a career as acting physician in Holloway Prison. In desperation, he also turned to writing where he went on to dominate the world of British detective fiction, taking pride in testing different criminal techniques. So keen was he, part of one of his best novels was written in a bomb shelter. For the first twenty-five years of his writing career, Freeman was to dominate and remain unrivalled in the world of detective fiction, introducing the well-loved and highly memorable 'Dr Thorndyke'. The continued success of this character has affirmed Richard Austin Freeman s place amongst the finest of crime writers." --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- File size : 427 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 146 pages
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- Publisher : Jovian Press (19 January 2018)
- ASIN : B078KC679B
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Customer Reviews:
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A crime mystery in Victorian literary style.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 31 July 2017
This crime mystery/thriller appears at first not to involve any crime, except maybe suppression of evidence, and the central chapters seem to digress into aspects of the plot unrelated to this fraud. The story reverts to the maid plot, and the relevance of the central chapters becomes increasingly apparent. Was any crime committed, if so was it murder or suicide, and was the narrator to blame? The answers become increasingly apparent as the novel nears its end.
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PointlessReviewed in the United Kingdom on 27 January 2018
His novels are brilliant but this is really tedious. I'm half way through and finding it a real trial. The curate story seems aimless to me.
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Great stories to follow!Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 14 August 2017
Will leave you wanting to read more from the author and delve into the world of adventure with the characters.
Three StarsReviewed in the United Kingdom on 18 January 2015
Not his best writing - not a Thorndyke mystsery.
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