R. Austin Freeman

 R(ichard) Austin Freeman (April 11, 1862 London - September 28, 1943 Gravesend) was a British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story and used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon in his novels.

A large proportion of the Dr. John Thorndyke stories involve genuine, but often quite arcane, points of scientific knowledge, from areas such as tropical medicine, metallurgy and toxicology.

His first Thorndyke story, The Red Thumb Mark, was published in 1907 and shortly afterwards he pioneered the inverted detective story, in which the identity of the criminal is shown from the beginning: some short stories with this feature were collected in The Singing Bone in 1912. During the First World War he served as a Captain in the Royal Army Medical Corps and afterwards produced a Thorndyke novel almost every year until his death in 1943.

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1.  The Red Thumb Mark  (Dr. Thorndyke - 6 parts)  A classic Dr. Thorndyke mystery with state-of-the-art Edwardian forensic science and timeless wit and excitement. A thief left a fingerprint behind, and the police arrest the person whose print it is. An open and shut case? Not to Dr. Thorndyke.

2.  Eye of Osiris  (Dr. Thorndyke - 6 parts)  Dr Thorndyke returns in this classic Edwardian mystery novel of forensics, both the medical and the law kind. How did the rich Egyptologist disappear off the face of the earth, and when?  Who inherits his money?

3.  A Message from the Deep Sea  (Dr. Thorndyke)  Thorndyke is invited onto a crime scene a little earlier than usual, only to find murder and a message from the sea.

4.  Blue Sequin  (Dr. Thorndyke)  This 1909 short story features the first famous pathologist detective, Dr. Thorndyke. The Thorndyke stories helped educate the police, the public, and criminals about crime scenes and forensics. CSI: Edwardian England!


 From LibriVox:

 1.  The Eye of Osiris (version 2) - [20 Chapters] In this case, Thorndyke steps in to investigate the disappearance of one John Bellingham, an English gentleman and amateur Egyptologist, who has vanished under very mysterious circumstances. Thorndyke’s involvement in the case arises from a both purely professional interest in the unique character of the case, as well as from the fact that a young doctor and former student of his has recently become closely acquainted with the missing man’s brother and niece.

2The Uttermost Farthing - Humphrey Challoner is a solitary old man who spent a lifetime collecting for his private museum, primarily mammals exhibiting osteological abnormalities but also 24 articulated human skeletons without any apparent defect. His friend, Dr. Wharton, is puzzled by the collection, but he humors Challoner's eccentricities and tends to him in his final illness. When Wharton inherits the collection on Challoner's death, the dark mystery that ties the collection together is finally revealed

3.  The Mystery of 31 New Inn - Jeffrey Blackmore suspiciously made two wills, both deceptively alike, but still, in a cunning way, completely different. John Thorndyke, equally cunning and smart, smells something fishy. With stylish cool and logic, he leads the story up to its marvelous and fully credible climax.

4The Moabite Cipher (from the 7th story in Short Mystery Story Collection # 001)

5The Stranger’s Latchkey (from 2nd story in Short Mystery Story Collection # 002)

6The Blue Sequin  (from 1st story in Short Mystery Story Collection # 004)

7.  The Moabite Cypher, Part 1 and Part 2 by R Austin Freman (10th and 11th Short story in Rivals of Sherlock Holmes - Vol 2)

8.  The Missing Mortgagee by R. Austin Freeman (7th story from Short Story Collection # 54)

9.  The Vanishing Man - A young doctor, former student of the legal and medical expert Dr. John Thorndyke, finds himself almost accidentally drawn into a case in which a man has vanished. Perhaps he has died; perhaps not;but the issue is very important because the will that he has left behind is curiously -- annoyingly curiously -- worded. Fortunately, Dr. Thorndyke's rationality combined with his forensic skills, bring the case to a conclusion, while the young doctor meets the love of his life in the Egyptian rooms of the British Museum. 

10.  A Silent Witness - In this detective novel, the young doctor Humphrey Jardine stumbles upon a corpse during a walk near Hampstead Heath in the middle of the night. However, when he returns to the spot with a police officer, the corpse has disappeared. And this is just the start of a series of strange and sometimes life threatening events. Had it really been a dead man he had seen? And if so, who was it? And what is the role of the mysterious Mrs. Samway, who keeps popping up wherever he goes? He will need the help of Dr. John Thorndyke to solve this mystery.   This is the fourth novel featuring R. Austin Freeman’s famous detective Dr. John Thorndyke.