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R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943)

Author of The Red Thumb Mark

171+ Works 2,716 Members 128 Reviews 6 Favorited

About the Author

Richard Austin Freeman enjoyed a prolific career that saw him gain qualification as pharmacist and surgeon, pull off a diplomatic coup along the Gold Coast of Africa, work for Holloway Prison and become a formidable man of fiction. For the first twenty-five years of his writing career, Freeman was show more to dominate and remain unrivalled in the world of detective fiction, introducing the well-loved and highly memorable Dr Thorndyke. Through the creation of this character, Richard Austin Freeman continues to be read as an extremely popular addition to the world of the mystery novel. show less
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R. Austin Freeman also wrote books with John James Pitcairn under the joint pseudonym Clifford Ashdown, some of which have now been re-issued under Freeman's name. Please do not combine Ashdown with Freeman. Thank you.

(nor) R. Austin Freeman also wrote books with John James Pitcairn under the joint pseudonym Clifford Ashdown, some of which have now been re-issued under Freeman's name. Please do not combine Ashdown with Freeman. Thank you.

Image credit: R. Austin Freeman (1862-1943) (AP Watt)

Series

Works by R. Austin Freeman

The Red Thumb Mark (1907) 289 copies
The Eye of Osiris (1911) 234 copies
The Mystery of 31 New Inn (1912) 172 copies
John Thorndyke's Cases (1909) 102 copies
Mr. Pottermack's Oversight (1930) 99 copies
A Silent Witness (1914) 92 copies
The Singing Bone (1912) 88 copies
The D'Arblay Mystery (1926) 63 copies
As a Thief in the Night (1928) 58 copies
The Uttermost Farthing (1914) 57 copies
The Penrose Mystery (1936) 56 copies
Helen Vardon's Confession (1922) 55 copies
The Cat's Eye (1923) 54 copies
The Stoneware Monkey (1938) 54 copies
A Certain Dr. Thorndyke (1927) 53 copies
Mr. Polton Explains (1940) 47 copies
Dr. Thorndyke Intervenes (1933) 47 copies
Felo de Se? (1937) 45 copies
The Jacob Street Mystery (1942) 44 copies
The Shadow of the Wolf (1925) 42 copies
Pontifex, Son and Thorndyke (1931) 40 copies
When Rogues Fall Out (1932) 40 copies
The Magic Casket (1927) 38 copies
The Puzzle Lock (1925) 37 copies
From a Surgeon's Diary (1975) 20 copies
The Queen's Treasure (1975) 14 copies
Flighty Phyllis (1928) 14 copies
The Golden Pool (1905) 12 copies
The Unwilling Adventurer (1996) 11 copies
Dr. Thorndyke (2014) 2 copies
The Other Eye of Osiris (1999) 2 copies
The Old Lag 1 copy
Thorndyke: Novels 1-4 (2022) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Mysteries of Udolpho (1794) — Introduction, some editions — 2,945 copies
English Country House Murders (1989) — Contributor — 490 copies
The Oxford Book of English Detective Stories (1990) — Contributor — 403 copies
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Early Detective Stories (1970) — Contributor; Contributor — 317 copies
Blood on the Tracks (2018) — Contributor — 181 copies
The Penguin Book of Gaslight Crime (2009) — Contributor, some editions — 179 copies
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 167 copies
Resorting to Murder: Holiday Mysteries (2015) — Contributor — 154 copies
London After Midnight : A Tour of Its Criminal Haunts (1996) — Contributor — 138 copies
Serpents in Eden: Countryside Crimes (2016) — Contributor — 112 copies
Great Detective Stories (Watermill Classics) (1986) — Contributor — 112 copies
Deep Waters: Mysteries on the Waves (2019) — Contributor — 89 copies
The Measure of Malice: Scientific Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 85 copies
The Mammoth Book of Great Detective Stories (1985) — Contributor — 81 copies
Crime and Mystery Short Stories (2016) — Contributor — 75 copies
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
The Big Book of Rogues and Villains (2017) — Contributor — 68 copies
14 Great Detective Stories (1949) — Contributor — 58 copies
Tales of Detection (1940) — Contributor — 56 copies
Detective Duos (1997) — Contributor — 52 copies
The Third Omnibus of Crime (1935) — Contributor — 45 copies
Fourteen Great Detective Stories (1928) — Contributor — 37 copies
Murder in Midsummer (2019) — Contributor — 37 copies
Bodies in the Library: Short Stories (2020) — Contributor — 34 copies
Agents & Spies Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2018) — Contributor — 32 copies
The Boy's Book of Great Detective Stories (1938) — Contributor — 32 copies
Great Short Stories of Detection, Mystery, and Horror (1928) — Contributor; Contributor — 32 copies
The World's Great Detective Stories (1927) — Contributor — 31 copies
Famous Stories of Code and Cipher (1965) — Contributor — 30 copies
Detective Mysteries Short Stories (Gothic Fantasy) (2019) — Contributor — 29 copies
Murder Takes a Holiday (2020) — Contributor — 28 copies
Rogues' Gallery: The Great Criminals of Modern Fiction (1945) — Contributor — 27 copies
The Great Book of Thrillers (1935) — Contributor — 27 copies
In the Shadow of Sherlock Holmes (2011) — Contributor; Contributor — 25 copies
Shot in the Dark (1950) — Contributor — 24 copies
The Black Lizard Big Book of Locked-Room Mysteries (2019) — Contributor — 24 copies
Murder by the Seaside (2022) — Contributor — 23 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 7 (1929) — Contributor — 17 copies
Ten Tales of Detection (1967) — Contributor — 14 copies
Fifty Masterpieces of Mystery (1937) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Second Century of Detective Stories (1938) — Contributor — 12 copies
Classic Crime Stories (2014) — Contributor — 10 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
The Times' Red Cross Story Book — Contributor — 6 copies
Verdens største detektiver II (1995) — Contributor — 5 copies
My Funniest Story (1933) — Contributor — 5 copies
Great Unsolved Crimes (1975) — Contributor — 5 copies
Verdens største detektiver I (1995) — Contributor — 4 copies
London After Midnight: A Conducted Tour, Part 2 (1996) — Contributor — 3 copies
Detective-verhalen — Contributor — 3 copies
Great Stories of Detection (1960) — Contributor — 2 copies
Fra farezonen (1988) — Author, some editions — 2 copies
Crime and Detection (Second Series) — Contributor — 2 copies
Adventure [Vol. 1 No. 3, January 1911] (1911) — Contributor — 1 copy
Verdens beste kriminalhistorier (1960) — Contributor — 1 copy
Murder Mixture: An Anthology of Crime Stories (1963) — Contributor — 1 copy
Rex Stout Mystery Magazine — Contributor — 1 copy
De bedste kriminalhistorier fra hele verden (1966) — Contributor — 1 copy

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An entertaining collection of golden age mysteries, particularly those featuring Dr. Thorndyke.
 
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M_Clark | Feb 7, 2024 |
I like the old school mysteries from time to time. Not earth-shattering but clever plots written nicely.
 
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AliceAnna | 5 other reviews | Jul 16, 2023 |
3.5*

While the 'who' in this case seemed quite obvious to me, the 'how' baffled me. I got the strong feeling that Freeman's mysteries will mostly focus on the method of the crime (which is okay with me!).
 
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leslie.98 | 10 other reviews | Jun 27, 2023 |
While I enjoyed this 4th book in the Dr. Thorndyke series, it seemed unlikely to me that Jervis (who first enters Dr. Thorndyke's employment during the course of the book) couldn't make some connections that struck me as obvious such as his patient Graves had a specific type of injury to his right eye and Jeffery Blackmore had an injury to one of his eyes!.
 
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