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Crofts, Freeman Wills 1879-1957

Overview
Works: 405 works in 1,410 publications in 12 languages and 9,413 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Historical fiction  Detective and mystery stories, English  Thrillers (Fiction) 
Roles: Author, Creator, Honoree, Composer
Classifications: PR6005.R675, 823.912
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Most widely held works by Freeman Wills Crofts
The Pit-Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts( )

69 editions published between 1922 and 2019 in 5 languages and held by 2,088 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Two amateur detectives stumble upon the syndicate's activities of shipping pit props (supports for coal mining equipment) from France to England and uncover a murder case
The cask by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

91 editions published between 1920 and 2019 in 7 languages and held by 716 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Paris and the shipping business are featured in this puzzle plot. A mysterious murder takes place and the suspicion is thrown on an innocent man
Antidote to venom by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

29 editions published between 1938 and 2018 in English and Polish and held by 520 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

George Surridge, director of the Birmington Zoo, is a man with many worries: his marriage is collapsing; his finances are insecure; and an outbreak of disease threatens the animals in his care. As Surridge's debts mount and the pressure on him increases, he begins to dream of miracle solutions. But is he cunning enough to turn his dreams into reality - and could he commit the most devious murder in pursuit of his goals? This ingenious crime novel, with its unusual 'inverted' structure and sympathetic portrait of a man on the edge, is one of the greatest works by this highly respected author
The 12.30 from Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

52 editions published between 1934 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 485 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12:30 flight from Croydon to Paris
Mystery in the channel by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

37 editions published between 1931 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 481 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Chichester is making a routine journey across the English Channel on a pleasant afternoon in June, when the steamer's crew notice something strange. A yacht, bobbing about in the water ahead of them, appears to have been abandoned, and there is a dark red stain on the deck ... 'wo bodies later, with no sign of a gun, there certainly is a mystery in the channel. Inspector French soon discovers a world of high-powered banking, luxury yachts and international double-dealing. British and French coastal towns, harbours - and of course the Channel itself - provide an alluring backdrop to this nautical adventure, along with a cast of shady characters
The Hog's Back mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

33 editions published between 1933 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 378 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Several local residents have disappeared in suspicious circumstances at the Hog's Back ridge in Surrey. When a doctor vanishes, followed by a nurse with whom he was acquainted, Inspector French deduces murder, but there are no bodies. Can he eventually prove his theory and show that murder has been committed?
Inspector French's greatest case by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

41 editions published between 1924 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 262 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

At the offices of the Hatton Garden diamond merchant Duke and Peabody, the body of old Mr Gething is discovered beside a now empty safe. With multiple suspects, the robbery and murder is clearly the work of a master criminal, and requires a master detective to solve it. Meticulous as ever, Inspector Joseph French of Scotland Yard embarks on an investigation that takes him from the streets of London to Holland, France and Spain, and finally to a ship bound for South America
The floating admiral by Agatha Christie( Book )

5 editions published between 1931 and 2011 in English and held by 193 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In 1931, Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers and ten other crime writers from the newly-formed 'Detection Club' collaborated in publishing a unique crime novel. In a literary game of consequences, each author would write one chapter, leaving G.K. Chesterton to write a typically paradoxical prologue and Anthony Berkeley to tie up all the loose ends. In addition, each of the authors provided their own solution in a sealed envelope, all of which appeared at the end of the book, with Agatha Christie's ingenious conclusion acknowledged at the time to be 'enough to make the book worth buying on its own'. The authors of this novel are: G. K. Chesterton, Canon Victor Whitechurch, G. D. H. Cole and Margaret Cole, Henry Wade, Agatha Christie, John Rhode, Milward Kennedy, Dorothy L. Sayers, Ronald Knox, Freeman Wills Crofts, Edgar Jepson, Clemence Dane and Anthony Berkeley."-- Publisher description
The loss of the Jane Vosper by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

34 editions published between 1936 and 2011 in English and held by 178 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The Jane Vosper is a small freight liner sailing between London and Buenos Aires. Mysterious explosions send it to the depths of the mid-Atlantic after Captain Hassell gives the reluctant order to abandon ship. Unravelling the murder mystery and the ship's odd cargo is difficult since the evidence is under the ocean. But Inspector French perseveres
...Death of a train by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

24 editions published between 1946 and 2001 in English and Esperanto and held by 158 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The groote park murder by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

43 editions published between 1923 and 2019 in English and Undetermined and held by 157 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From a murder in South Africa to the tracking down of a master criminal in northern Scotland, this is a true classic of Golden Age detective fiction by one of its most accomplished champions. When a signalman discovers a mutilated body inside a railway tunnel near Groote Park, it seems to be a straightforward case of a man struck by a passing train. But Inspector Vandam of the Middeldorp police isn't satisfied that Albert Smith's death was accidental, and he sets out to prove foul play in a baffling mystery which crosses continents from deepest South Africa to the wilds of northern Scotland, where an almost identical crime appears to have been perpetrated
The box office murders by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

4 editions published between 1929 and 1976 in English and held by 147 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Golden ashes by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

21 editions published between 1940 and 2001 in English and held by 145 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Geoffrey Buller is an everyday office worker when he unexpectedly inherits a title and Forde Manor with its collection of priceless art. Widow Betty Stanton takes the post of housekeeper and is surprised when she finds Sir Geoffrey is having paintings cleaned. The house is empty and Sir Geoffrey in Italy when disaster strikes. Insurance fraud is suspected, and Inspector French reconstructs the cunning and complex crime
Inspector French and the Cheyne mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

21 editions published between 1926 and 2019 in English and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

From the Collins Crime Club archive, the second Inspector French novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers'. THE RETURN OF INSPECTOR FRENCH When young Maxwell Cheyne discovers that a series of mishaps are the result of unwelcome attention from a dangerous gang of criminals, he teams up with a young woman who is determined to help him outwit them. But when she disappears, he finally decides to go to Scotland Yard for help. Concerned by the developing situation, Inspector Joseph French takes charge of the investigation and applies his trademark methods to track down the kidnappers and thwart their intentions . .
The Ponson case by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

28 editions published between 1920 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 119 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the body of Sir William Ponson is found in the Cranshaw River near his home of Luce Manor, it is assumed to be an accident - until the evidence points to murder. Inspector Tanner of Scotland Yard discovers that those who would benefit most from Sir William's death seem to have unbreakable alibis, and a mysterious fifth man whose footprints were found at the crime scene is nowhere to be found ... This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Dolores Gordon-Smith, author of the Jack Haldean Golden Age mysteries
Inspector French and the Starvel tragedy by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

26 editions published between 1900 and 2011 in English and Japanese and held by 108 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When fire destroys a house, three bodies are found. Inspector French investigates the case
Man overboard! An inspector French detective story by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

16 editions published between 1887 and 2001 in English and Swedish and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Fatal venture by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

21 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 102 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mysterious circumstances surround a scheme to launch a cruise ship to travel around the British Isles. The strange events are revealed by the young hero, who innocently covers up some elements of the crime to protect his girlfriend. Inspector French investigates the case
The mystery of the sleeping car express and other stories by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

11 editions published between 1950 and 2001 in English and held by 97 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A man and woman are shot in a train, and the mystery is solved a few years later
...Enemy unseen by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )

14 editions published between 1945 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 94 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This story was written during World War Two. Detective Inspector French of Scotland Yard is wondering "why war conditions had not been more widely taken advantage of by criminals". Just such a crime then comes to his notice. Coils of wire and boxes of hand grenades are reported missing from a Home Guard ammunition store at a Cornish coastal village. Soon after, an explosion on the beach nearby kills an old man, and later there is a similar murder
 
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Alternative Names
Crofts F. W.

Crofts F. W. 1879-1957

F・W・クロフツ

F. W. クロフツ 1879-1957

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Freeman Wills Crofts irischer Krimischriftsteller

Freeman Wills Crofts Irish mystery author

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Freeman Wills Crofts schrijver uit Ierland (1879-1957)

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Kurofutsu, F. W.

Wills Crofts, Freeman

Wills-Crofts Freeman 1879-1957

Крофтс Ф. В

Крофтс Ф. В. 1879-1957

Крофтс Ф. У

Крофтс Ф. У. 1879-1957

Крофтс, Фримен Уиллс

קרופטס, פרימן וילס 1879-1957

クロフツ, F. W.

福里曼·威利斯·克勞夫茲

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