- Paperback: 254 pages
- Publisher: House of Stratus; New edition edition (11 Oct. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0755103475
- ISBN-13: 978-0755103478
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 1.8 x 20.5 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 804,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
As A Thief In The Night (Dr. Thorndyke) Paperback – 11 Oct 2008
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'The Ace of Detectives' -- The Times
'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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At the inquest the bombshell is dropped that Harold was murdered, and now the police have to find the guilty person. Mayfield, at his own expense, retains Thorndyke as an investigator, for he refuses to think that anyone in the house would have murdered Harold, and thinks that there could be an outside agent involved. The police are struggling as every clue ends in a dead-end, and meanwhile, everyone connected with the house is under a cloud. Until the guilty person is found, the innocent suffer.
As usual there are examples of Freeman’s sardonic humour throughout the book, and his very astute observations on the human condition. The cast of characters is well-rounded, apart from the minor players, Thorndyke is his usual enigmatic self, and Polton is still happy in his laboratory. This murder-mystery is written in Freeman’s usual well-structured way, using his impressive vocabulary to its fullest, and it appears to have been edited after digitisation as I found only two or three errors.
This is a remarkable mystery and it takes Thornkyke all of his considerable ability and ingenuity to unravel. The solution involves a great deal of scientific and chemical analysis and a good bit of hypothesising before that. It is a story that has been told with a great deal of feeling, much more so than other Thorndyke mysteries I have read so far, and the author shows the full, terrible, enduring consequences that murder can have. The tone of this story is deeper and darker than the much more light-hearted “The Mystery of Angelina Frood” that I read before this one, and it is well-worth reading. This book was written in 1928 and moves more slowly than modern mysteries and is wordier, but I have no problems at all recommending it, and it merits all five stars.
brother demands an investigation. Who was behind this
cruel death; the loving wife, Barbara; her friend, Madeline or wallingford, the rather eccentric(to put it mildly) secretary?
Rupert, their loyal friend enlists the help of Dr. Thorndyke
who with alot of twists and turns solves the case. this is a
"cant put down" mystry.