Hailed as "the father of the scientific detective story," physician R. Austin Freeman tested his fictional ploys through microscopic and chemical analysis. Freeman originated the concept of the inverted mystery, in which the crime and culprit are revealed at the outset; the fascination begins with the entrance of Dr. Thorndyke, who spins a convincing web of evidence from the most minute clues. Eight compelling tales promise to captivate mystery lovers.
Richard Austin Freeman (1862 - 1943) drew upon his experiences as a colonial surgeon in Africa in the creation of his character Dr. John E. Thorndyke. His first Thorndyke story appeared in 1907, and after serving as an army physician during World War I, he published a tale of the doctor/detective nearly every year for the next three decades.