To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. It also analyses reviews to verify trustworthiness.
If you are a Sherlock Holmes fan who has gone through all the stories at least twice, you are probably wishing that there were a new supply to load up on your Kindle. Here's a solution that goes way beyond 7%. John Thorndyke approaches mysteries with the same attention to detail that Holmes does. But -- he usually acts more quickly. I have been let down a few times by Sherlock's slowness to act, so that while solving the puzzle, he does not always save the client. Thorndyke seems a bit more concerned with protecting those who engage him, so more of the mysteries are resolved with the client still alive and well. This appeals to my 'hopeless romantic' nature.
The Thorndyke adventures are extremely well-written short stories, so I was able to enjoy one or two at a time and extend the pleasure of reading about the sharp-minded detective and his companion Jervis as they unravel the Holmesian puzzles they take on. Made me wonder how an encounter between Thorndyke and Holmes would have gone. Be forewarned, Thorndyke just might take over the number one spot reserved for Holmes in your ranking of great detectives.
These stories are entertaining in the same vein as Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot, though it’s far easier to figure out the culprit in these. But the casual racism and antisemitism are jarring and irritating. Ugh.
I always enjoy reading the Thorndyke mysteries. His evidence is usually described even if the reader is unable to see the significance. These stories were short with descriptions of the crime and the clues that Thorndyke gathers which have been overlooked by the authorities as either unimportant or unrelated. I recommend any of Freeman's Thorndyke mysteries.
If early detective fiction relying on real investigation and deduction is your thing then RAustin Freeman is for you, not only does he provide a good tight story set at a cracking pace but gives us 21st century types an insight into the forensic medicine at the turn of the 20th Century and makes for quite a surprising read as the advances made in this area of detection.
A true delight to read these old forensic stories. They really make one think about how difficult it must have been to solve crimes. We have come so far and yet the old stories still fascinate. I will definitely be reading more of these.