The Great Portrait Mystery and Other Stories
By R. Austin Freeman
This collection of seven short stories includes two featuring Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke, a fictional detective in a long series of novels and short stories by British author R. Austin Freeman (1862-1943). Thorndyke was described by his author as a 'medical jurispractitioner': originally a medical doctor, he turned to the bar and became one of the first - in modern parlance - forensic scientists.
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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.