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Freeman Wills Crofts (1879–1957)

Author of The Hog's Back Mystery

62+ Works 2,787 Members 73 Reviews 5 Favorited

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Works by Freeman Wills Crofts

The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) 264 copies, 9 reviews
The Cask (1920) 220 copies, 5 reviews
Mystery in the Channel (1931) 213 copies, 10 reviews
The 12.30 from Croydon (1934) 212 copies, 9 reviews
Inspector French's Greatest Case (1924) 184 copies, 7 reviews
Antidote to Venom (1938) 170 copies, 3 reviews
The Pit-Prop Syndicate (1922) 142 copies, 1 review
Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery (1926) 108 copies, 2 reviews
Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy (1927) 101 copies, 2 reviews
The Sea Mystery (1928) 100 copies, 3 reviews
The Groote Park Murder (1923) 83 copies
The Loss of the Jane Vosper (1936) 80 copies, 2 reviews
Crime at Guildford (1935) 80 copies, 2 reviews
Fatal Venture (1939) — Author — 73 copies, 1 review
The Box Office Murders (1929) 70 copies, 3 reviews
Golden Ashes (1940) 68 copies, 1 review
Sir John Magill's Last Journey (1930) 66 copies, 1 review
The Ponson Case (1921) 64 copies
Death of a Train (1946) 62 copies
Sudden Death (1932) 46 copies, 1 review
Death on the Way (1932) 36 copies, 2 reviews
The End of Andrew Harrison (1938) 33 copies, 1 review
Man Overboard! (1936) 32 copies, 4 reviews
Mystery on Southampton Water (1934) 30 copies, 1 review
Silence for the Murderer (1949) 23 copies
The Losing Game (1941) 23 copies, 1 review
Enemy Unseen (1945) 21 copies
Found Floating (1937) 21 copies
The Affair at Little Wokeham (1943) 20 copies, 1 review
Fear Comes to Chalfont (1942) 18 copies
French Strikes Oil (1951) 15 copies
Murderers Make Mistakes (1947) 14 copies
Anything to Declare? (1882) 14 copies
James Tarrant, Adventurer (1941) 13 copies
Classic Railway Murders (1997) — Author — 6 copies, 1 review
Many a Slip (1843) 5 copies
Detectives at Work. Five Short Stories (1997) — Contributor — 3 copies
The Hunt Ball Murder (1944) 2 copies
Der geheimnisvolle Brief (1985) 2 copies
Juvelkuppen 1 copy
Vem var det? 1 copy
Diamantrovet 1 copy

Associated Works

The Floating Admiral (1931) — Contributor — 825 copies, 25 reviews
English Country House Murders (1989) — Contributor — 488 copies, 11 reviews
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contributor — 400 copies, 5 reviews
The Scoop & Behind the Screen (1930) — Contributor — 213 copies, 2 reviews
Blood on the Tracks (2018) — Contributor — 183 copies, 13 reviews
Six Against the Yard (1936) — Contributor — 163 copies, 4 reviews
Bodies from the Library (2018) — Contributor — 129 copies, 3 reviews
Great Irish Detective Stories (1993) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Long Arm of the Law (2017) — Contributor — 86 copies, 7 reviews
The Measure of Malice: Scientific Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 85 copies, 7 reviews
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contributor — 80 copies, 1 review
Tales of Detection (1940) — Contributor — 59 copies
The Anatomy of Murder (1936) — Contributor — 55 copies, 1 review
The Third Omnibus of Crime (1935) — Contributor — 45 copies
The Best Crime Stories Ever Told (2012) — Contributor — 34 copies, 1 review
The Mystery Book (1934) — Contributor — 29 copies
Double Death: An Exercise in Detection (1939) — Contributor — 28 copies, 1 review
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Contributor — 27 copies
Masters of Mystery: A Study of the Detective Story (1931) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Pocket Book of Great Detectives (1941) — Contributor — 22 copies, 1 review
Great Tales of Detection (1936) — Contributor — 21 copies, 1 review
A Century of Detective Stories (1935) — Contributor — 20 copies
The World's Best One Hundred Detective Stories, Volume 3 (1929) — Contributor — 18 copies
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contributor — 13 copies
Four Great Mystery Novels (1938) — Contributor — 11 copies
My Best Detective Story (1931) — Contributor — 9 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book: Second Series (1951) — Contributor — 8 copies
Detection Medley (1939) — Contributor — 8 copies
Murder for the Millions (1946) — Contributor — 7 copies
My Best Mystery Story (1939) — Contributor — 6 copies
The Realm of the Impossible (2017) — Contributor — 6 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
Modern Detective Stories (1996) — Contributor — 5 copies
Evening Standard Detective Book (1950) — Contributor — 5 copies
Great Unsolved Crimes (1975) — Contributor — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
Best Railway Stories (1969) — Contributor — 3 copies
Best Stories of the Underworld (1941) — Contributor — 3 copies
Detektivhistorier fra Sherlock Holmes til Hercule Poirot — Contributor — 3 copies, 2 reviews
The Golden Book of the Year (1950) — Contributor — 2 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
De bedste kriminalhistorier fra hele verden (1966) — Contributor — 1 copy, 1 review
Horror and Homicide (1949) — Contributor — 1 copy

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Birthdate
1879-06-01
Date of death
1957-04-11
Gender
male
Nationality
UK
Birthplace
Dublin, Ireland
Place of death
Worthing, Sussex, England
Places of residence
Blackheath, Guildford, Surrey, UK
Education
Methodist College, Belfast
Campbell College, Belfast
Occupations
railway engineer
writer
Organizations
The Detection Club
Awards and honors
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (1939)
Short biography
Freeman Wills Crofts, the ‘King of Detective Story Writers’, was one of the pre-eminent writers in the golden age of British crime fiction. Acclaimed by his contemporaries, Agatha Christie and Raymond Chandler, he wrote more than 30 detective novels and was a founder member of the hugely influential DETECTIVE CLUB. Crofts’s most famous creation was Scotland Yard detective, Inspector French (‘As near the real thing as any sleuth in fiction’ THE SUNDAY TIMES).
Born in Dublin, Crofts became an engineer and wrote his debut novel, THE CASK: A DETECTIVE STORY (‘An imaginatively ingenious mystery’ THE EVENING STANDARD) in 1919 during a long absence from work due to illness. He became a full-time writer in 1929 and moved to England with his wife Mary to live in Guildford. He died in 1957.

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no proper review as i read it so long ago, I remember kittle of it other than it was very good and typical of Crofts' Chief Inspector French's mysteries (which some find a little lacking in excitement, though I like French's methodical workings towards a solution.

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1 July 2024
 
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bigship | Jul 1, 2024 |
A complicated murder plot takes Inspector French on a frustrating investigation. It shows his determination to solve the case.
It's a plot driven story in the English countryside. The characters do not get developed but the complexity of the plot makes up for that.
Good reading for fans of traditional English detective stories.
½
 
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BrianEWilliams | 2 other reviews | Mar 27, 2024 |
Anne Day has recently lost her father and as he was a Vicar she has lost her home, now she has a chance at being a housekeeper for the Grinsmead famlily in their house Frayle (back when people had multiple servants, including a maid, a cook and a governess). Mrs Grinsmede is somewhat paranoid and convince that someone wants to kill her, which proves prophetic. The first of the locked room deaths; her's could be construed as suicide but Anne has her doubts. When Mr Grinsmede turns up dead in his room, again a locked room mystery it also looks like suicide but something is off to both Anne and when Inspector French becomes involved in the mystery, he's also not sure but he feels a need to ferret out the truth.
Interesting to see how the twists and turns resolve.
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½
 
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wyvernfriend | Feb 3, 2024 |
Set inter-war. Maxwell Cheyne served in the navy and was invalided out after a uboat incident and now he's settled to a life of writing and puttering about on his motorbike (i really did have to smile at the idea of speeding along at 35 miles per hour!) but it did give him a feel of an inter-war intrepid hero. For all that he had military training he is terribly naïve and keeps falling for schemes and being rendered unconscious. And trusting the completely wrong people, most of the time, and occasionally the right people. There is a romance in the story and it's the usual interwar glances and subsumed passion until it isn't.
Inspector French doesn't enter the picture until about half-way through, when thing get less dangerous for Cheyne and his love interest and fellow detective Joan Merril (who saves him at one stage) and the mystery unravells. There is some travel on the continent but overall it's an entertaining story of one man and his adventures in not getting killed because he might know something.
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