The Singing Bone by R. Austin Freeman, originally (c) 1912 (published in the United States as The Adventures of Dr. Thorndyke). Mystery short story collection featuring Dr. Throndyke. I read this collection in:, Volume II: Short Stories, (Part I), MX Publishing 2018 trade paper
Dr. John Evelyn Thorndyke is a fictional detective in a long series of 21 novels and 40 short stories by British author R. Austin Freeman (1862–1943). Thorndyke was a ‘medical jurispractitioner’: both a medical doctor and a member of the bar. His solutions were based on collecting all possible data before looking at the protagonists and motives in the crimes. It is this method which gave rise to one of Freeman’s most ingenious inventions, the inverted detective story, where the criminal act is described first and the interest lies in Thorndyke’s subsequent unravelling of it.
- The Case of Oscar Brodski (the first inverted story)
- A Case of Premeditation
- The Echo of a Mutiny
- A Wastrel’s Romance
- The Old Lag
As before, I enjoyed these quite a bit. Though I find the inverted stories interesting for their form, I’m just as happy with the more straightforward stories in the previous collection (here).
I have received notice of the next three volumes, which will be published early in 2020, and have ordered them. I’m quite glad MX Publishing is doing these volumes.