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H. C. Bailey (1878–1961)

Author of Call Mr. Fortune

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Works by H. C. Bailey

Call Mr. Fortune (1920) 82 copies
Shadow On The Wall (1934) 34 copies
Meet Mr. Fortune (1942) 27 copies
Mr. Fortune, Please (1927) 25 copies
Mr. Fortune's Practice (1923) 24 copies
Black Land, White Land (1937) 19 copies
Mr. Fortune Speaking (1929) 17 copies
The Garston Murder Case (1930) 17 copies
Mr Fortune's Trials (1925) 16 copies
The Highwayman (1917) 14 copies
The Bishop's Crime (1940) 14 copies
Mr. Fortune Explains (1930) 13 copies
Clue For Mr Fortune (1936) 13 copies
Mr Fortune Wonders (1933) 12 copies
Saving a Rope (1948) 11 copies
The Cat's Whisker (1944) 11 copies
Mr Fortune Objects (1935) 11 copies
The Twittering Bird Mystery (1937) 10 copies
The Sullen Sky Mystery (1935) 10 copies
The great game (1939) 10 copies
The Red Castle Mystery (1932) 9 copies
Slippery Ann (1944) 9 copies
Mr. Fortune finds a pig (1943) 8 copies
This is Mr. Fortune (1938) 8 copies
Case For Mr Fortune (1932) 7 copies
Mr. Fortune Here (1940) 7 copies
The Sea Captain (1940) 6 copies
The Veron Mystery (1939) 6 copies
Nobody's Vineyard (1942) 5 copies
The apprehensive dog (1942) 5 copies
Springtime 4 copies
Honour Among Thieves (1947) 4 copies
My lady of Orange (1901) 4 copies
The Life Sentence (1946) (1946) 4 copies
The Wrong Man (1945) 3 copies
The God of Clay (1999) 3 copies
Orphan Ann (1941) 2 copies
The plot 2 copies
Beaujeu 2 copies
The Lonely Queen (1969) 2 copies
The suburban 1 copy
Colonel Stow 1 copy
Rimingtons 1 copy
Barry Leroy 1 copy
The fool 1 copy
The rebel 1 copy
Bonaventure 1 copy

Associated Works

The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contributor — 403 copies
Silent Nights: Christmas Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 233 copies
Crime Stories from the Strand (1991) — Contributor — 227 copies
The Omnibus of Crime (1929) — Contributor — 211 copies
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 154 copies
London After Midnight : A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts (1996) — Contributor — 138 copies
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contributor — 128 copies
Serpents in Eden: Countryside Crimes (2016) — Contributor — 112 copies
Continental Crimes (2017) — Contributor — 102 copies
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves (2019) — Contributor — 89 copies
Crime for Christmas (1991) — Contributor — 88 copies
The Measure of Malice: Scientific Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 85 copies
14 Great Detective Stories (1949) — Contributor — 58 copies
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (2020) — Contributor — 58 copies
Tales of Detection (1940) — Contributor — 56 copies
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (2021) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939) — Contributor — 36 copies
Murder on a Winter's Night (2021) — Contributor — 36 copies
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror (1928) — Contributor — 32 copies
The World's Great Detective Stories (1927) — Contributor — 31 copies
Bodies from the Library 4 (2021) — Contributor — 31 copies
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Boys' Second Book of Great Detective Stories (1940) — Contributor — 27 copies
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contributor — 27 copies
Sporting Blood: The Great Sports Detective Stories (1942) — Contributor — 25 copies
The Pocket Book of Great Detectives (1941) — Contributor — 22 copies
Great Tales of Detection (1936) — Contributor — 21 copies
A Century of Detective Stories (1935) — Contributor — 20 copies
Great detective stories (1998) — Contributor — 20 copies
The World's Best One Hundred Detective Stories, Volume 1 (1929) — Contributor — 18 copies
Best Detective Stories (1959) — Contributor — 17 copies
Twelve Tales of Murder (1998) — Contributor — 17 copies
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contributor — 13 copies
Mehr Morde (1961) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Second Century of Detective Stories (1938) — Contributor — 12 copies
Crime and Detection (1926) — Contributor — 10 copies
My Best Detective Story (1931) — Contributor — 9 copies
Detection Medley (1939) — Contributor — 8 copies
Sorte orkideer : 13 korte kriminalromaner (1988) — Contributor — 6 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
London After Midnight: A Conducted Tour, Part 2 (1996) — Contributor — 3 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
Einige Morde : Mordgeschichten (1969) — Author — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 2 No. 5, September 1911] (1911) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 3 No. 5, March 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 3 No. 6, April 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 1, May 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 2, June 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 3, July 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
The great detectives — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 5, September 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 6, October 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 5 No. 1, November 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 5 No. 2, December 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 5 No. 3, January 1913] (1913) — Contributor — 1 copy
Murder Mixture: An Anthology of Crime Stories (1963) — Contributor — 1 copy
Adventure [Vol. 4 No. 4, August 1912] (1912) — Contributor — 1 copy

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A collection of short stories about Mr Reginald ("Reggie") Fortune. Reggie is a surgeon, hence "Mr" Fortune in British usage, and also a semi-amateur detective. In the first two stories he is a practicing physician whose patients are murdered, but in the other four he is more of a police consulting surgeon. Historically, leading critics like Ellery Queen, Howard Haycraft, and Julian Symons have considered him important in the development of the detective story. Hence, when I was looking for a 1920 ebook I landed here.

The thing is, Reggie and his colleagues talk in a sort of slangy manner that's hard to get 100 years later. They actually call each other "old thing" and the like. The narration overall is a little elliptical and hard to follow. And I'm sorry, but fair play was not really in evidence. Inevitably, Reggie throws out some facts when explaining the solution that were withheld from the reader.

On the other hand, I actually found myself growing fond of Reggie as I read on. Some past reviewers have found him conceited or unlikeable; I think this may be the British classism of 100 years irritating modern readers.
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NinieB | 3 other reviews | Dec 5, 2019 |
I think it's Bailey's best.
 
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trishrobertsmiller | 1 other review | Dec 27, 2016 |
Written during WWII, taking place in England. Sir Thomas Meon's manufacturing plant is working with the government on a top secret piece of equipment. During a weekend party at his estate, his factory is bombed and the plans are copied and leaked, and there are suspicious deaths from the bombing.
Adding to this, the Canadian and American troops stationed in the area, are not getting along which causes added tensions to the situation.
In an effort to solve the mystery, Mr. Lomas, chief of Criminal Investigation, calls on Mr. Reginald Fortune, a medical detective, to tie ups the many threads that run through the story.
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ChazziFrazz | 1 other review | Jun 23, 2016 |
The forst mystery featuring Bailey's second detective (after Reggie Fortune); while Fortune is a medical expert working with the police, Joshua Clunk is an attorney generally opposing them.
 
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antiquary | Aug 20, 2014 |

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