Dr. John Thorndyke is the hero of a series of mystery novels and short stories written by Richard Austin Freeman from 1907 to 1942. Dr. Thorndyke is also a lawyer and combines all of his talents to solve various crimes set in contemporary England. Thorndyke has a sidekick, Dr. Christopher Jervis, thus the stories appear to be a ripoff of Sherlock Holmes. However, Thorndyke comes across as more of a very intelligent and perceptive person as opposed to Sherlock Holmes who is essentially a superhero. Also, Jervis is quite a bit brighter and more astute than Watson.
One of the claims to fame of these mysteries is Freeman’s use of the “inverted detective story” in which the crime is presented first and the remainder of the story demonstrates how the detective compiles clues and evidence to solve the mystery.
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I have read “The Red Thumb Mark”, “The Eye of Osiris”, and am currently reading “Dr Thorndyke Short Story Omnibus”. All are highly recommended.