By Herbert Adams (1874-1952 [1958?]).
. . . an English writer of over fifty 'cosy' mystery novels between 1924 and 1958, which were often set in or around golfing competitions. He also wrote short stories, humorous verse and two other mystery novels under the pseudonym Jonathan Gray. His first series character was Jimmy Haswell, a London criminal lawyer, who featured in nine books. . . .Concerning The Chief Witness, here are some brief excerpts from recent evaluations; follow the links to fuller reviews:
. . . On the whole The Chief Witness is a rather entertaining read, and it's a book I can recommend to fans of Golden Age crime novels. . . . — dfordoom, VINTAGE POP FICTIONS (August 15, 2013)
. . . As the foregoing may indicate, I have mixed feelings about the book, but overall I liked it sufficiently that I will give Adams another try. . . . — Bob Houk, THE ADVENTURES OF BOB (August 18, 2013)Here is more about a few other examples of Adams's fiction, most of which, according to several generations of reviewers, wasn't all that bad, but wasn't all that great either:
~ THE SECRET OF BOGEY HOUSE (1924):
~ THE CROOKED LIP (1926):
"This murder mystery is complicated by a clever impersonation." Review HERE.
~ THE QUEEN'S GATE MYSTERY (1927):
HERE (go to page 223, top left).
~ ROGUES FALL OUT (1928):
"[The book has] a rising young barrister with the instincts of a criminologist." Review HERE (Jump To page 364, left bottom).
"[The main character] demonstrates the futility of entrusting the responsibilities of Sherlock to a fellow of ordinary mental calibre instead of to an intellectual super-man." Review HERE.
~ ODDWAYS (1929):
~ THE GOLF HOUSE MURDER (1933):
~ THE STRANGE MURDER OF HATTON, K.C. (1933):
"Adams's best to date."
~ MYSTERY AND MINETTE (1934):
"Time-Passer." Review HERE.
~ THE BODY IN THE BUNKER (1935):
HERE. Online HERE.
~ DEATH OFF THE FAIRWAY (1936):
~ MURDER WITHOUT RISK (1936):
"Average." Review HERE.
~ VICTORY SONG (1943):
~ THE WRITING ON THE WALL (1945):
~ EXIT THE SKELETON (1952):
~ THE JUDAS KISS (1955):
~ DEATH OF A VIEWER (1958):
HERE. Online HERE.
- Five of Adams's novels are available as Text files at Project Gutenberg Australia HERE.
Category: Detective fiction