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'This man Austin Freeman is a wonderful performer'- -- Raymond Chandler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Richard Austin Freeman (1862-1943) was born in London. He studied medicine at Middlesex Hospital and then entered the Colonial Service. He was assigned to a post in Accra on the Gold Coast of Africa. During his time in Africa he contracted blackwater fever which forced him to return to London. Unable to find a permanent medical position, he decided to try his hand at writing fiction. His first stories were written in collaboration with Dr. John James Pitcairn, the medical officer at Holloway Prison using the pen name Clifford Ashdown. In 1907 the first Dr. Thorndyke novel The Red Thumb Mark was published. He served as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corp during World War I. He continued writing up until his death, writing parts of Mr. Polton Explains in a bomb shelter in 1939 at the age of 77.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Resurrected Press (September 7, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 193577431X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935774310
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.7 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,569,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I love the Dr. John Thorndyke stories!!
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Austin Freeman has a way of creating intriguing and interesting plots and the deductions and solutions of his forensic expert always fit together in a convincing way.
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I would recommend this book as a relaxing evening read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 8, 2012
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In this Dr. Thorndyke mystery, there's no waiting for action to begin. The narrator, barrister Robert Anstey, walks right into a murder scene, attracted by the screams of a beautiful young woman. The dead man is a harmless old bachelor who collects objects of arcane appeal.

Several pieces of inscribed jewelry are missing. The inscriptions are of historic interest, though the jewels themselves have no value. It's a strange sort of burglary perpetrated by clumsy amateurs - who nonetheless got clean away.

Dr. Thorndyke takes on the case and enlists Anstey as his sidekick. Anstey makes a perfect foil for the great forensics expert, since he misses the significance of everything. But he's a gentleman and quite courageous - a good man to have around in a life-and death-situation, and the plot offers several.

Normally-sedate Anstey is swept away by the Pre-Raphaelite beauty of Miss Blake, the young woman wounded by the murderer. So we have the fun of a romance mixed in with a murky murder case.

The plot, which is ingenious and complex, includes a contested inheritance with a fascinating history. And the reader is treated to plenty of scientific and analytic exploits by Dr. Thorndyke. We watch him test for poison; take impressions of fingerprints, handprints and footprints; detect secret chambers; and interpret coded messages. Weird superstitions and traditions also have a role in the plot.

A. Austin Freeman wrote numerous Dr. Thorndyke novels and stories. The heroine of The Cat's Eye (published 1923) was a minor character in the previous novel. Since characters do reappear, I'd suggest reading the books in order, although they can be read singly too. The first mystery is The Red Thumb Mark (1907). I've loved them all.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rachel4876 on June 16, 2013
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This is a continuation of Dr. Thorndyke mysteries that is wonderfully told, and keeps me guessing right until the end who the perpetrator is! I love the way he solves murder mysteries combined with medicine is uncanny! Great book!
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I have enjoyed discovering the Dr. John Thorndyke series via kindle, particularly since all of the series is available at bargain rates. Unfortunately, many contemporary readers will find the pace too slow for them and the nature of Romance too old-fashioned as well. In Dr. Thorndyke's world, young women suitable for the young men in his sphere of influence are talented, beautiful and virtuous (read that virginal). Love definitely involves courtship and marriage is a binding, exclusive agreement. Thorndyke, too, partakes of the logical, scientific approach, with evidence being accumulated, placed in context by thorough research, and then, logically presented in minute detail. Rather tedious, I would guess, to readers of the modus operandi of the modern fictional detectives.
If you think you would not be bothered by these vestiges of the early detective era, then, I would say, you might well enjoy the pace, the character development, and the situations which Freeman puts on our plate. The price is suitably low and experiment, therefore, not financially onerous.
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By Arial Parker on January 15, 2013
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I was amazed by Dr. Thorndyke! I am not easily amazed,let me say. I hadn't heard of Dr. Thorndyke mysteries, so I read reviews, and started reading. I think I have read them all now, and am sad that there won't be more. I really like reading book written long ago, especially British books. The language of our ancestors is wonderful, and I had buckets of fun using the dictionary. Amazing mysteries, get them all, enter a totally different dimension of time, thinking,and plots. Amazon... Kudos for providing such variety!!
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By texasannie on December 20, 2012
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Why don't more people know about Dr. Thorndyke? This is one of these rare, under-read literary gifts that remain obscure to most lovers of mystery stories. Freeman is a mystery writer for the ages. Anyone who enjoys good mystery novels will fall in love with this character. He is Sherlock Holmes, Hercule Poirot, Miss Marples and all the other sleuths rolled into one unforgettable character. Great read!!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Dave on December 10, 2012
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While the Dr. Thorndyke series is pretty obviously a Sherlock Holmes take off, that's OK, when they work. I do find myself thinking "Again? Does everyone in the book except Thorndyke have to be a blustering idiot?" But so it goes.
There are some I like and some that I just get through and I've realized that what makes the difference is the narrator.

It takes a while to realize it, but Thorndyke as a character really plays a fairly minor role in these mysteries. He seems like the central character but he is always just observed (ala the Holmes series) and we are never privy to his thoughts, except when he voices them, though they are all first-person narratives.

And there lies the rub: If I like the narrator, I enjoy the story, and if not, I don't. The first several I read had Dr Jervis as the narrator and I liked him. But then there was the one who was another young doctor in love, and he was simpering beyond belief, as though Freeman just doesn't know how to portray men interested in women without making them cloying.

This story seems to me the weakest, for a couple of reasons. First, once again the narrator falls in love and simpers, which is especially unattractive in a male. Then, to follow the "everyone but Thorndyke is an idiot" motif, this time the narrator is the lawyer who always acts for Thorndyke and has for years, and thus there's no reason for him to respond to the way everyone else does to Thorndyke's near-omniscience. But true to form, this one, Anstey, is as dense both in general, and about Thorndyke, as the rest.

I use these as subway reading, but if they cost more than a buck or two, I'd toss them.
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