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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. 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.
- File size : 457 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 174 pages
- Publisher : Reading Essentials (28 February 2019)
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B07P85DR7B
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Page numbers source ISBN : 1977913318
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: 997,114 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This collection of short stories is a "must" for those who are fond of Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot, and a good start to go for more of R. Austin Freeman.
“A Sower of Pestilence” is very strange and even when explained, it seemed a senseless crime. In “Rex v. Burnaby” we have a very unusual poisoning case. It is not hard to figure out how the poison was administered, but it is, nevertheless, a very clever crime. “A Mystery of the Sand-hills” shows how mundane things such as footprints on a beach can be the beginning of a rather tortuous reasoning out of a murder. I found this story to be both rather interesting and rather tedious, a contradiction I know, but there it is. “The Apparition of Burling Court” is very similar to several stories I have read before, and it is obvious very early in the story what is going on, but is still an interesting one to read, especially if you haven’t read others like it. In “The Mysterious Visitor” we have a case of an heir vanishing just as he receives an unexpected legacy. This story has an unusual twist and is very cleverly thought-out. This last story is out of sequence as can be seen by a remark by Thorndyke to Jardine.
In most of the mysteries Thorndyke shared the clues with his colleague, Jervis, and thus with the reader. His conclusions or speculations he kept to himself, but indicated that as Jervis had the same information, he could arrive at the same results that Thorndyke had. Jervis usually failed in this and, sadly, so did this reader. Really, it should have been easy, as we had that same knowledge, and once Thorndyke explained everything the clues (and solution) were obvious. Clearly, I would not make an investigator.
This is a great collection of short stories that can be read one after another, or dipped into when you feel like a short mystery or two to read.