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For The Defence: Dr. Thorndyke (Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries #23)

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This is the story of Andrew, a handsome artist living with his beautiful wife.

Andrew witnesses a man being shot one night by two masked assailants and on the advice of his wife, decides to remain silent about what he has seen.

But when a meeting with his cousin Ronald proves to be fatal, Andrew finds himself suspecting foul play, as Ronald lies crushed on beach sands. And
Paperback, 248 pages
Published June 14th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1934)
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Similar to the last book, I was intrigued to start and became less enthused the more I read. The death in this one is the most gruesome, even more so than the decapitated head in a suitcase in the last one that had been the most awful murder I had encountered thus far in the series. There is not much description given, but even in today's horror movies I don't know how much can beat out having your head squashed into a bloody pancake by a giant solid object falling on it.
The initial premise of
Jul 17, 2011 Patricia rated it really liked it
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This might technically be a mystery, but since it's in the perspective of the suspect, Andrew Barton, you know the explanations of what really happened all along. It was interesting to see how he got himself into a huge predicament; his decisions gave rise to a solid case of circumstantial evidence against him. He should have been more smart, but he was literally scared out of his wits. I enjoyed this for the most part, but it is somewhat of a let down when you come to the end already knowing ...more
Feb 22, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
I love the way R Austin Freeman writes, and I love Dr Thorndyke, but this one only gets 4 stars because THERE IS NO POLTON. Shame! It's one of his mysteries that isn't a mystery, the only puzzle is exactly how the good doctor will extricate the idiotic Andrew. Who is a very likeable and sympathetic character, which is what keeps one reading to the end. And the bobbin-lace making landlady is a delight.
Rachel Cotterill
One of the things I really like about Thorndyke stories is that the reader is often well aware of the facts of the case - but there is still a great deal of fun to be had in seeing how Thorndyke will prove the truth and disprove any falsehoods. This is a nice example, with a protagonist who panics, makes a series of silly decisions, and eventually requires Thorndyke to dig him out of the mess.
Mar 18, 2011 Kathy rated it really liked it
Dr. Thorndyke is the CSI of his day. Most of the book is taken up with the account of how an innocent man gets himself thoroughly entangled in what looks like the certainty that he will be hanged, either for the death of a man he saw only once, or amazingly, for his own death! But, of course, Dr. Thorndyke is able to extricate him from this awful situation and triumph yet again.
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Richard Freeman was born in Soho, London on 11 April 1862 and was the son of Ann Maria (nee Dunn) and Richard Freeman, a tailor. He was originally named Richard and later added the Austin to his name.

He became a medical trainee at Middlesex Hospital Medical College and was accepted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.

He married Annie Elizabeth Edwards in 1887 and they had two sons and aft
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Other Books in the Series

Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries (1 - 10 of 28 books)
  • The Red Thumb Mark
  • John Thorndyke's Cases
  • The Eye of Osiris
  • The Mystery of 31 New Inn
  • The Singing Bone (Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries, #5)
  • A Silent Witness
  • The Great Portrait Mystery
  • Helen Vardon's Confession
  • The Cat's Eye
  • Dr Thorndyke's Casebook

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