Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke
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Pontifex, Son And Thorndyke (Dr. Thorndyke Mysteries #20)

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This puzzling plot is related by two different characters: messenger boy Jasper Gray, who experiences several strange adventures, and Dr. Jervis, friend of Dr. Thorndyke. Dr. Thorndyke is investigating a terrible crime, the solving of which remains elusive because of key facts that remain unknown. He needs the facts to confirm his case: Jasper could complete the blank spac...more
Paperback, 270 pages
Published August 30th 2001 by House of Stratus (first published 1931)
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This is one of R. Austin Freeman's most entertaining novels featuring the "scientific detective" Dr. John Thorndyke. A youth named Jasper Gray finds a seal that has fallen out of a ring, and burning to try it out, he buys a scrap of sealing wax and uses it to seal a letter that a clerk dropped on his way to the post office. In this way, Jasper Gray and Dr. Thorndyke cross paths, and Thorndyke solves a missing heir problem and a murder, and Jasper finds a life he never dreamed of. The only flaw i...more
More adventure and fewer forensics than in many a Thorndyke mystery, and the great man doesn't actually appear a lot. As an earlier commentator said, we would now regard the language and attitudes as racist ("this was not an English crime") but it's of its time and must be read as such. Warning though, the end is horribly sad.
I really enjoyed this one; the first narrator (Jasper) is such an engaging character.
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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...more
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