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The Great Portrait Mystery: And Other Stories Kindle Edition
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About the Author
About the Author British author Richard Austin Freeman (1862 -1943) wrote detective stories, many featuring medico-legal forensic investigator Dr. Thorndyke. He used some of his experiences as a colonial surgeon in his novels, offering scientific knowledge from areas such as toxicology. He claimed to have invented the -inverted detective story- (in which the the crime is described at the beginning, with the story then describing the detective's attempt to solve the mystery). He was the youngest of five children and trained as an apothecary and then studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital. He married and entered the Colonial Service, where he was sent to Accra on the Gold Coast. He suffered from blackwater fever and returned to London but was unable to find a permanent medical role. Instead, heh earned money writing fiction, while practising medicine. His first stories were written in collaboration with John James Pitcairn (1860-1936), medical officer at Holloway Prison, and published under the nom de plume -Clifford Ashdown-. His first Thorndyke story, The Red Thumb Mark, was published in 1907. During World War I, he served as a captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and afterwards published a Thorndyke novel annually until his death in 1943. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
- ASIN : B00KQW8IMY
- Publisher : Start Classics (30 May 2014)
- Language : English
- File size : 595 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 200 pages
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R. Austin Freeman - Great detective works.Reviewed in the United States on 5 April 2013
R. Austin Freeman is a Conan Doyle with a scientific background which he uses extensively in his detective fiction. His hero, Thorndike, is a lawyer and a doctor in medecine. If you like detailed inquests, you will enjoy the works of Freeman.
Delightful mysteries.Reviewed in the United States on 7 May 2015
Delightful mysteries. Well written. Interesting. I like this author.
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Mr. Garth Reid
Great MysteriesReviewed in the United States on 17 March 2013
Excellent reading for those who enjoy the deduction of Sherlock Holmes combined with the medical-scientific investigation techniques of our present day forensic sleuths on TV.