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The Mystery of Angelina Frood (Dr Thorndyke) Kindle Edition

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'Bright, ingenious and amusing' -- The Times Literary Supplement

'This man Austin Freeman is a wonderful performer' -- Raymond Chandler

About the Author

R. Austin Freeman is the doyen of the scientific division of detective writing, is best known for his character Dr John Thorndyke. A close and careful investigator and the outstanding medical authority in the field of detective fiction, R. Austin Freeman not only tested the wits of the reader but also inspired many modern detective forensic methods. Much of his long life was spent as a physician and surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital, London. He also held posts in West Africa and later was a medical officer at Holloway Prison. The most famous of the Edwardian detective writers, he rescued the detective story from "thrillerdom" and made it acceptable to a more discerning class of reader.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 550 KB
  • Publisher: House of Stratus (9 Sept. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005MDY3IA
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  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #613,515 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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What to say about this book, without giving the plot away? It's totally different from 'The Shadow of the Wolf', for a start. A sleepy seaside town becomes the focus of a bizarre murder mystery involving a young gentleman-MD and an assortment of characters, waterfront, professional, workmen, passers-by... Smell the ozone, feel the sandy air, meet the locals and prepare for surprises. This one is more like a Holmes story than the other two I've read, in several ways, but has its own clever twist, and a good deal more focus on pitiful or pleasant humanity. It even has trains, medical diagnosis, work-creation schemes and homeless hostels. As usual Freeman shows understanding and defence of women as people, without demonizing men, and crafts a plot in which accident as well as conscious choice plays a part.
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An intriguing story with a surprising twist, and a detailed explanation of Thorndyke's reasoning. The usual love interest, again with a twist.
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Another classic from the master of Edwardian detective novels. Freeman gives delicate and gentle portraits of middle class English England. The scene here is down the river from Thorndyke's usual London beat but the feisty ladies and courteous gentlemen are familiar Thorndyke characters, with a delightful twist in the tail.
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HASH(0x903a6b94) out of 5 stars Love and mystery in an old cathedral town 17 May 2012
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In the sixth Dr. Thorndyke novel, as in more than one of the novels leading up to it, the narrator is a good-hearted young doctor just starting out. It may be somewhat formulaic, but the formula works for me.

Young Dr. John Strangeways has just set up practice in Rochester. He promptly falls under the spell of his landlady, a striking young ex-actress named Angelina Frood. She is living apart from a terrible husband. There's serious trouble ahead, but fortunately Dr. Thorndyke, the great medico-legal expert, will take a keen interest in the young woman's troubles, through the championship of Dr. Strangeways.

In 1924, when The Mystery of Angelina Frood was published, miserable marriages were still difficult to dissolve. This novel deals with some very modern themes: domestic violence, gender inequalities, drug addiction - and advanced methods of forensic science as practiced by Dr. Thorndyke.

At the same time, Freeman continues to write with the wry humor and urbane charm of an Edwardian. His gentlemanly fascination with architecture adds another element of interest to the narrative, for Rochester is a picturesque old cathedral town.

Freeman had a genius for creating dramatic heroines - and staging dramatic inquests. I never guessed at the startling revelations in store for me.

There are numerous Dr. Thorndyke novels, stories and novellas. The novels can be read in any order, but I'm taking the chronological route. First in the series is The Red Thumb Mark (1907).
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HASH(0x91162e40) out of 5 stars dr thorndyke strikes again 23 May 2012
By chrisam - Published on Amazon.com
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Even for seasoned veterans of the Dr. Thorndyke series, this novel will blow your mind. There is such a twist to it that I can't even hint about without being a spoiler. Get it and dig it if you are a fan of "The Doctor," as Polton always refers to him. One of Freeman's weirdest and best. As anyone who follows the series knows, Freeman has created a detective who rivals and (several times) outshines a well-respected resident of Baker Street. Certainly Thorndyke's deductions are more scientific, and his fully-equipped lab puts poor Sherlock's chemically stained table in the corner to shame.

No disrespect intended toward Holmes, but "The Doctor" is underappreciated. Get to know him and his coterie of helpers & friends. You won't regret it.
HASH(0x911b5e58) out of 5 stars A Subtle Mystery 13 Dec. 2013
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This is one of Freeman's more highly-regarded mysteries and I can understand why, although it's not one of my favorites. One of the other reviews referred to a surprise twist, so I will say no more.
HASH(0x9055ef00) out of 5 stars Four Stars 19 Oct. 2014
By MW-Pittsburgh - Published on Amazon.com
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Kind of an unbelievable ending, but pure "Dr. Thorndyke" all the way through.
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