Tag Archives: R. Austin Freeman

‘International intrigue, mysterious murders, and headstrong damsels’: #1907book round-up

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Every month on Past Offences we look at the crime fiction of a particular year. This year we went way way back to 1907, chosen for us by RogerBW. Not an easy year (witness the small number of titles) but … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Red Thumb Mark

When the ink had been rolled out to the requisite thinness, he took Reuben’s hand and pressed the thumb lightly but firmly on to the inked plate; then, transferring the thumb to one of the cards, which he directed me … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Art of the Detective Story (2)

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We left R. Austin Freeman’s 1924 essay earlier in the week, with his opinion on why a lot of detective fiction is no good. He proceeds (not without a certain amount of self-congratulation, I feel) to outline why it should be … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Art of the Detective Story

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Judging by the letters which I have received from time to time, the enthusiast par excellence is the clergyman of a studious and scholarly habit.

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Ed. Martin Edwards: Capital Crimes

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Capital Crimes Ed. Martin Edwards First published in the UK 2014 by the British Library 320 pages ISBN 9780712357494 Source: Publisher review copy ‘London is an inexhaustible place.’ he mused. ‘Its variety is infinite.’ Short-story collections must be tough to put together. … Continue reading

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R. Austin Freeman: The Singing Bone

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The Singing Bone R. Austin Freeman First published in the UK 1912 Source: The Internet The peculiar construction of the first four stories in the present collection will probably strike both reader and critic and seem to call for some explanation, … Continue reading

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