Author:Richard Austin Freeman

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Richard Austin Freeman
(1862–1943)
British writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico-legal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke. He invented the inverted detective story. Best remembered for his detective stories featuring Dr. Thorndyke. Pen name: R. Austin Freeman.


Works[edit]

Works Featuring Dr Thorndyke[edit]

Novels[edit]

Story Collections[edit]

The Man with the Nailed Shoes — The Stranger's Latchkey — The Anthropologist at Large — The Blue Sequin — The Moabite Cipher — The Mandarin's Pearl — The Aluminum Dagger — A Message from the Deep Sea
  • The Singing Bone (1912), published in the USA as The Adventures of Dr Thorndyke (no scan)
The Case of Oscar Brodski — A Case of Premeditation — The Echo of a Mutiny — A Wastrel's Romance — The Old Lag
  • Dr. Thorndyke's Casebook (1923) – Copyrighted in the United States until 2019 due to Renewal R80187 (published in the USA as The Blue Scarab)
The Case of the White Footprints — The Blue Scarab — The New Jersey Sphinx — The Touchstone — A Fisher of Men — The Stolen Ingots — The Funderal Pyre
  • The Puzzle Lock (1925) – Copyrighted in the United States until 2021 due to Renewal R116792
The Puzzle Lock — The green Check Jacket — The Seal of Nebuchadnezzar — Phyllis Annesley's Peril — A Sower of Pestilence — Rex V. Burnaby — A Mystery of the Sand-Hills — Apparition of Burling Court — The Mysterious Visitor
  • The Magic Casket (1927) – Copyrighted in the United States until 2023 due to Renewal R131260
the Magic Casket — The Contents of a Mare's Nest — The Stalking Horse — The Naturalist at Law — Mr. Ponting;s Alibi — Pandora's Box — The trail of Behemoth — The Pathologist to the Rescue — Gleanings from the Wreckage
  • The Famous Cases of Dr. Thorndyke (1928), published in the USA as The Dr Thorndyke Omnibus
  • Dr. Thorndyke's Crime File (1941) – Copyrighted in the United States until 2037 due to Renewal R442547

Other Works[edit]

Novels[edit]

Story Collections[edit]

Non Fiction[edit]

Individual short stories[edit]


External sources: A large selection of his works is available at Project Gutenberg Australia


Some or all works by this author are in the public domain in the United States because they were published before January 1, 1923.


The author died in 1943, so works by this author are also in the public domain in countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less. Works by this author may also be in the public domain in countries and areas with longer native copyright terms that apply the rule of the shorter term to foreign works.