The Mystery of 31 New Inn

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Richard Austin Freeman (11 April 1862 - 28 September 1943) was a British writer of detective stories
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Overview

Richard Austin Freeman (11 April 1862 - 28 September 1943) was a British writer of detective stories
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781502823489
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/14/2014
  • Pages: 158
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Meet 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.

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  • Posted June 2, 2012

    Excellent

    Unlike the previous "reviewer," who has obviously not read this book, I have found the Thorndyke series to be excellent, including plot development, the science and character development. Other novelists are better at describing the surroundings and the customs of the times. Freeman was writing more or less contemporaneous to the events, so this is not historical fiction; Anne Perry, C.S. Harris and other modern-day detective novelists do a better job at that. The Thorndyke series is equal to Agatha Christie, George Simenon (Maigret) and Dorothy Sayers, but not to A.C. Doyle's Sherlock Holmes.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2013

    Not an enjoyable read

    Did not enjoy the book and was a struggle for me to even finish it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 26, 2011

    ????

    Is this book any good?????

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