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The Adventures of Dr Thorndyke
By R. Austin Freeman
Narrated by Graham Scott

"[T]he longer I practise, the more I become convinced that the microscope is the sheet-anchor of the medical jurist."

So declares "scientific investigator", Dr John Thorndyke, as he interprets the clues found in the likes of bloodstains, dust, ash, hairs and fibres, and broken glass, to evolve "an ordered train of evidence from a mass of facts apparently incoherent and unrelated," leading to the solution of the mystery...

This book contains five tales of intrigue, murder, mutiny, pathos, and romance - including four in Freeman's then revolutionary "inverted detective story" format.

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A great and enjoyable listen from start to finish please can we have more Dr thorndyke

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The "how catch 'em" stories that inspired Columbo!

Freeman was the first author to write a how-catch-'em rather than a whodunit. These are the stories that created a genre of which the tv series Columbo (with Peter Falk) is now the most famous. I am extremely grateful to all the people who worked on this project and I will be looking up the two organisations mentioned at the end of chapter 11. The narration is just a little ponderous, so that I imagine an elderly, retired Jervis reminiscing with me, rather than the young man of the stories, and for that reason I have downmarked one star on narration. But the narration style is not very far from that of the era described, and the gravity of the speaker means that I don't lose too many details in a moment of inattention.