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Crofts, Freeman Wills 1879-1957

Overview
Works: 383 works in 1,373 publications in 9 languages and 9,372 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery fiction  Short stories  Detective and mystery stories, English  Historical fiction  Suspense fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Honoree, Composer
Classifications: PR6005.R675, 823.912
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Publications about Freeman Wills Crofts
Publications by Freeman Wills Crofts
Publications by Freeman Wills Crofts, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Freeman Wills Crofts
The cask by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
87 editions published between 1920 and 2017 in 6 languages and held by 602 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
Mystery in the channel by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
36 editions published between 1931 and 2018 in English and German and held by 462 libraries worldwide
The Chichester is making a routine journey across the English Channel on a pleasant afternoon in June, when the steamer{u2019}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{u2026} Two bodies later, with no sign of a gun, there certainly is a mystery in the channel
The 12.30 from Croydon by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
49 editions published between 1934 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 431 libraries worldwide
Andrew Crowther, a wealthy retired manufacturer, is found dead in his seat on the 12:30 flight from Croydon to Paris
The Hog's Back mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
33 editions published between 1933 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 334 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?
The Pit-Prop Syndicate by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
67 editions published between 1922 and 2018 in 5 languages and held by 192 libraries worldwide
Two amateur detectives stumble upon the syndicate's activity of shipping pit props (supports for coal mining equipment) from France to England and uncover a murder case
The floating admiral by Agatha Christie( Book )
5 editions published between 1931 and 2011 in English and held by 185 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 )
35 editions published between 1936 and 2011 in English and held by 181 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
The box office murders by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
5 editions published between 1929 and 2001 in English and held by 160 libraries worldwide
... Death of a train by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
23 editions published between 1946 and 2001 in English and Esperanto and held by 158 libraries worldwide
Golden ashes by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
21 editions published between 1940 and 2001 in English and held by 142 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
The groote park murder by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
37 editions published between 1923 and 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 129 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 Groote Park Murder was the last of Freeman Wills Crofts' standalone crime novels, foreshadowing his iconic Inspector French series and helping to cement his reputation (according to his publishers) as 'the greatest and most popular detective writer in the world'. Like The Cask, The Ponson Case and The Pit-Prop Syndicate before it, here were a delightfully ingenious plot, masterly handling of detail, and an overwhelming surprise 'curtain' from a masterful crime writer on the cusp of global success. This Detective Club classic is introduced with an essay by Freeman Wills Crofts, unseen since 1937, about 'The Writing of a Detective Novel'
The Ponson case by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
28 editions published between 1920 and 2017 in English and Japanese and held by 112 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 101 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 101 libraries worldwide
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 96 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 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
Fatal venture by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
21 editions published between 1939 and 2011 in 3 languages and held by 92 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
Inspector French and the Cheyne mystery by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
19 editions published between 1926 and 2016 in English and held by 85 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 . .
I tre segugi by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
2 editions published between 1930 and 1995 in Italian and held by 2 libraries worldwide
Il mistero di Starvel by Freeman Wills Crofts( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in Italian and held by 2 libraries worldwide
 
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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
Freeman Wills Crofts irischer Krimischriftsteller
Freeman Wills Crofts Irish mystery author
Freeman Wills Crofts irländsk författare
Freeman Wills Crofts irsk skribent
Freeman Wills Crofts schrijver uit Ierland (1879-1957)
Freeman Wills Crofts scrittore irlandese
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
Languages
English (459)
Japanese (44)
Italian (11)
Spanish (7)
Chinese (6)
Irish (5)
Esperanto (5)
Swedish (3)
German (1)
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