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R. Austin Freeman
R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943) was a British author of detective stories. A pioneer of the inverted detective story, in which the reader knows from the start who committed the crime, Freeman is best known as the creator of the "medical jurispractitioner" Dr. John Thorndyke. First introduced in The... show more



R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943) was a British author of detective stories. A pioneer of the inverted detective story, in which the reader knows from the start who committed the crime, Freeman is best known as the creator of the "medical jurispractitioner" Dr. John Thorndyke. First introduced in The Red Thumb Mark (1907), the brilliant forensic investigator went on to star in dozens of novels and short stories over the next decades.

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Birth date: April 11, 1862
Died: September 28, 1943
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Witty Little Knitter
Witty Little Knitter rated it 5 years ago
After two novels this is the first short story collection about Thorndyke I've read. The enjoyment stays the same, Freeman can clearly built engaging cases on 20 pages as well as on 200. However what becomes noticable in now the third book I've read is that Thorndyke is less of a character and more ...
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 6 years ago
Smug fayre but entertaning enough.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it 6 years ago
http://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/13882PROFESSOR POPPELBAUM IS ENLIGHTENED.CONTENTSI. THE MAN WITH THE NAILED SHOESII. THE STRANGER'S LATCHKEYIII. THE ANTHROPOLOGIST AT LARGEIV. THE BLUE SEQUINV. THE MOABITE CIPHERVI. THE MANDARIN'S PEARLVII. THE ALUMINIUM DAGGERVIII. A MESSAGE FROM THE DEEP SEA
heidenkind
heidenkind rated it 7 years ago
Thorndyke's really not as interesting as Sherlock Holmes, but whatever.
ereksonj
ereksonj rated it 7 years ago
2-part structure easy to follow. Thorndyke offers little beyond a stock empirical prowess to endear him. The most intriguing character is Polton, the assistant who gets no lines.
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