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This ebook contains a detailed biography including all the publications of the Author and a brief biography. The Mystery of 31 New Inn, a classic mystery novel by R. Austin Freeman, relates a puzzling tale from an earlier century.

In the grand tradition of the great sleuths brought to life by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle comes John Thorndyke, cerebral, meticulous, British, . . . and undestimated. A contested will and an unusual sickness have no apparent connection until John Thorndyke and Dr. Jervis collaborate on a labyrinth of clues, including broken glass, an upside down picture, a veiled woman, and a box of candles. This puzzle is solved with inductive reasoning and careful use of the scientific method. (Extract from Goodreads).


  • Preface
  • I. The Mysterious Patient
  • II. Thorndyke Devises a Scheme
  • III. “A Chiel’s Amang Ye Takin’ Notes”
  • IV. The Official View
  • V. Jeffrey Blackmore’s Will
  • VI. Jeffrey Blackmore, Deceased
  • VII. The Cuneiform Inscription
  • VIII. The Track Chart
  • IX. The House of Mystery
  • X. The Hunter Hunted
  • XI. The Blackmore Case Reviewed
  • XII. The Portrait
  • XIII. The Statement of Samuel Wilkins
  • XIV. Thorndyke Lays the Mine
  • XV. Thorndyke Explodes the Mine
  • XVI. An Exposition and a Tragedy