Sir John Magill’s Last Journey by Freeman Wills Crofts (1930)

When Inspector French meets with Detective Sergeant M'Clung to be briefed on the investigation into the disappearance of Sir John Magill, he has no idea just how complicated the case will become. Seven years previous, Sir John quit Belfast for a retirement in London, leaving his very profitable linen business to his son Malcolm. A …

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Inspector French and the Sea Mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts (1928)

The fishing wasn’t good off Burry Port. It’s so bad that all a man and his son caught was a waterlogged crate which they decide to float onto the beach. Inside is a decomposing body of a man. He has obviously been murdered, the face battered and any means of identification removed. It will take …

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Inspector French’s Greatest Case by Freeman Wills Crofts (1924)

On a cold night in the middle of November at the offices of diamond merchants Duke and Peabody, the body of head clerk Mr. Charles Gething is discovered, dead on the floor in front of the open safe. Missing are £33,000 worth of diamonds plus about £1,000 in bank notes. Inspector Joseph French expects the case …

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The Ponson Case by Freeman Wills Crofts (1921)

When the battered body of Sir William Ponson is found in the Cranshaw River it is assumed to be an accident. Apparently trying to cross in a small boat, he lost control of his oars and drifted too close to the Cranshaw Falls, was carried over and dashed on the rocks below. But later evidence …

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The Groote Park Murder by Freeman Wills Crofts (1923)

When a man’s mutilated body is found in a railway tunnel in Middeldorp South Africa, it is assumed to be an unfortunate accident, or possibly suicide. Identified as Albert Smith, his movements prior to death are traced to a shed in Groote Park where Inspector Vandam uncovers evidence that points to murder. Vandam’s investigation results …

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Fire in the Thatch by E. C. R. Lorac

Towards the end of WWII, landowner Colonel St Cyres grants the tenancy of Little Thatch to invalided serviceman Nicholas Vaughan. Vaughan immediately sets out to restore the neglected farm, which includes a derelict thatched cottage. A reserved, somewhat aloof man who wants only to work and make his living off the land, Vaughan is well …

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