Book List in Order: 55 titles

  • Such was Silas Hickler. As he strolled round his garden in the dusk of an October evening, he seemed the very type of modest, middle-class prosperity. He was dressed in the travelling suit that he wore on his little continental trips; his bag was pac...


  • These are two short stories from the collection THE GREAT PORTRAIT MYSTERY: "PERCIVAL BLAND'S PROXY" and "THE MISSING MORTGAGEE," wherein the brilliant medical investigator, Dr. Thorndyke, solves murderous crimes. Percival Bland was an uncommon crimi...


  • "Then as to the hair: it was, as I mentioned to you, circular in section, and of very large diameter. Now, I have examined many thousands of hairs, and the thickest that I have ever seen came from the heads of Japanese; but the hairs from this hat we...


  • There are, I suppose, few places even on the East Coast of England more lonely and remote than the village of Little Sundersley and the country that surrounds it. Far from any railway, and some miles distant from any considerable town, it remains an ...


  • The Whitechapel Road, though redeemed by scattered relics of a more picturesque past from the utter desolation of its neighbour the Commercial Road, is hardly a gay thoroughfare. Especially at its eastern end, where its sordid modernity seems to refl...


  • I was about to turn away when the empty frame of the portico became occupied by a figure, and one so appropriate, in its wig and obsolete habiliments, to the old-world surroundings that it seemed to complete the picture, and I lingered idly to look a...


  • The contrariety of human nature is a subject that has given a surprising amount of occupation to makers of proverbs and to those moral philosophers who make it their province to discover and expound the glaringly obvious; and especially have they bee...



  • From stealing bejewelled necklaces to antique clocks, Toke cons a host of gullible individuals out of priceless heirlooms. But then he meets Hughes and the scam spirals out of control. Then there's the case of the murdered Inspector Badger. Will Dr T...






  • The Case of the White Footprints is a murder mystery set in Margate. A lady has been found dead in her room in a boarding house. At first glance it looks like a clear case of suicide, but then the two doctors attending the death spot a set of white...


  • A peaceful, pleasant afternoon in the woodland scene of Linton Green is disturbed when a brutal murder takes place. But thanks to an unseen witness, the killer may be caught, and the witness turns out to be a blessing in disguise. This is the story o...


  • Dr. Thorndyke, medical scientist and barrister, and the first great exponent of forensics in detective fiction, here takes on the case of an unusual and perplexing jewel heist. R. Austin Freeman, well known for his experimental story construction, tr...


  • Two distinct and separate crimes, the murder of a police constable in pursuit of a burglar who had just stolen some ten thousand pounds worth of diamonds, and the attempted poisoning of an avant garde potter. Seemingly, the point in common between th...


  • At the turn of the 20th century, Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) emerged as an author to be reckoned with in the world of detective fiction, introducing the highly memorable scientific detective Dr. Thorndyke, an early forensic sleuth. Armed with ...


  • This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1912 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Singing Bone' is one of Freeman's novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known prot...


  • This puzzling plot is related by two different characters: messenger boy Jasper Gray, who experiences several strange adventures, and Dr Jervis, friend of Dr Thorndyke. Dr Thorndyke is investigating a terrible crime, the solving of which remains elus...


  • Humphrey Challoner had a formidable reputation in criminal anthropology. An intelligent savant devoted to science and his wife, he decides to tell the story of her tragic demise at the hands of a brutal murderer. What Challoner reveals leaves us with...


  • On a misty November night in London, Dr Thorndyke comes across an abandoned handbag in an old church. From examining the contents an address is found and so begins a mysterious trail leading to the owner and a violent murder. Enter into the world of ...


  • Charting a series of adventures set in many strange scenarios, Mr Shuttlebury Cobb is led through the dark and twisted streets of London where he meets a highly gifted stranger, enters secret chambers, and finds a magic mirror. Cobb engages with a se...






  • Robert Hawke is a man on the run. After returning from business in London, he finds that a sworn enemy, Will Colville, has been shot dead and the murder weapon belongs to Hawke. But Hawke protests his innocence and is persuaded to go on the run until...


  • John Gillam was a gambler. He faced financial ruin and was the victim of a sinister blackmail attempt. He is now dead. In this exceptional mystery, Dr Thorndyke is brought in to untangle the secrecy surrounding the death of John Gillam, a man not kno...


  • Chronicling the adventures and misadventures of Phyllis Dudley, Richard Austin Freeman brings to life a charming character always getting into scrapes. From impersonating a man to discovering mysterious trap doors, ‘Flighty Phyllis’ is an enterta...


  • Told through the eyes of a watchmaker, Dr Thorndyke is once again faced with a nettly mystery involving a mysterious fire in a Soho house filled with supposedly inflammable objects. What transpires is an entertaining and amazing twist thanks to the e...


  • Richard Austin Freeman presents an ingenious case in this remarkable detective saga. When a store of priceless jewels vanishes without a trace, the brilliant Dr Thorndyke and his skilled associate, Mr Polton, are called in to chase a thief who leaves...


  • In this delightful detective story, Richard Austin Freeman should truly satisfy the inquisitive reader’s mind, with incredible twists and turns and the ever-likeable Dr Thorndyke. This excellent novel presents one of the most intriguing dilemmas Fr...


  • A compelling collection of Dr Thorndyke mysteries is presented here in a bumper crop of Richard Austin Freeman’s fiction. Opening with ‘The Case of the White Footprints’; revealing the secrets of ‘The Blue Scarab’; and teasing all that read...


  • A plethora of clues baffle the reader in this Conan Doyle-style mystery of a medical lawyer intrigued by a young woman's odd marriage and disappearance. Freeman's other works include The Singing Bone, The Red Thumb Mark, and The Fye of Osiris....


  • This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1911 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. ''The Eye of Osiris'' is one of Freeman''s novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known ...


  • Before Kathy Reichs’s Temperance Brennan and Patricia Cornwell’s Kay Scarpetta, there was Dr. Thorndyke, the first ever fictional forensic scientist.The only evidence against young Reuben Hornby in a jewel theft is his thumb print smeared...






  • This is the story of Andrew, a handsome artist living with his beautiful wife. Andrew witnesses a man being shot one night by two masked assailants and on the advice of his wife, decides to remain silent about what he has seen. But when a meeting wit...





  • in The Best Dr. Thorndyke Detective Stories

    R. Austin Freeman was an early 20th century British writer of detective stories. Dr. Jervis is approached by a man who tells him he has a friend who is very ill and needs his help. He cannot tell the Doctor where the man is but he is desperately ill....


  • in The Best Dr. Thorndyke Detective Stories

    The urgent call-the instant, peremptory summons to professional duty-is an experience that appertains to the medical rather than the legal practitioner, and I had supposed, when I abandoned the clinical side of my profession in favour of the forensic...


  • in The Best Dr. Thorndyke Detective Stories

    Thorndyke stood looking up and down the platform with anxiety that increased as the time drew near for the departure of the train. This is very unfortunate, he said, reluctantly stepping into an empty smoking compartment as the guard executed a flour...




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    When Harold Monkhouse died in his sleep no one was greatly surprised. He had suffered chronic illness for some time. But when massive amounts of arsenic were discovered at the autopsy, it was clearly a case of murder. The police had a number of suspe...






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    Eight compelling tales by "the father of the scientific detective story" feature inverted mysteries, in which crime and culprit are revealed at the outset and Dr. Thorndyke formulates evidence from subtle clues....


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    Many of the hardboiled and pulp detective stories, particularly those dating back to the 1900s and before, are now extremely scarce and increasingly expensive. We are republishing these classic works in affordable, high quality, modern editions, usin...


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    This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1923 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Cat's Eye' is one of Freeman's novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known protago...


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    This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1926 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The D'Arblay Mystery' is one of Freeman's novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known ...


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    Dr. John Thorndyke, the renowned expert in medical jurisprudence and forensic investigation faces not one, but three mysteries: the claim of a rich American to an English title and estates, the theft of a small fortune in platinum, and most puzzling ...


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    Dr. Thorndyke is one of the best creations of the Golden Age of British detective fiction. He is both medical doctor and barrister and the first great exponent of forensics in fiction, with an encyclopedic scientific knowledge. These five short stori...


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    Dr. Thorndyke is one of the best creations of the Golden Age of British detective fiction. He is both medical doctor and barrister and the first great exponent of forensics in fiction, with an encyclopedic scientific knowledge. R. Austin Freeman was ...


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    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available a...


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    Mr. Pottermack had thought of everything. He had disposed of the body in a place where no one would ever find it. He carefully, and ingeniously created a false trail to lead attention away from himself. He had even managed, though with some element o...


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    Penrose is an eccentric in possession of dazzling gems. Dr Thorndyke is alerted to a burglary at his house, and a scrap of paper is found with lobster' on it, along with two Latin words. Meanwhile, Penrose flees after a car accident. The police are m...






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    Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr. Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story and used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon...


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    This scarce antiquarian book is a facsimile reprint of the original. Due to its age, it may contain imperfections such as marks, notations, marginalia and flawed pages. Because we believe this work is culturally important, we have made it available a...


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    This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1918 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Golden Pool' is one of Freeman's many works of fiction. The first story featuring his well-known protagonist...


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    This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1918 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. 'The Great Portrait Mystery' is one of Freeman's short stories of crime and mystery. The first story featuring hi...


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    Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr. Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story and used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon...


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    This early work by Richard Austin Freeman was originally published in 1911 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introduction. ''The Vanishing Man'' is one of Freeman''s novels of crime and mystery. The first story featuring his well-known ...