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About the Author: H.C. Bailey

Henry Christopher Bailey (1878 – 1961) was an English author of detective fiction. Bailey wrote mainly short stories featuring a medically-qualified detective called Reggie Fortune. Fortune's mannerisms and speech put him into the same class as Lord Peter Wimsey but the stories are much darker, and often involve murderous obsession, police corruption, financial skulduggery, child abuse and miscarriages of justice. Although Mr Fortune is seen at his best in short stories, he also appears in several novels.

A second series character, Josiah Clunk, is a sanctimonious lawyer who exposes corruption and blackmail in local politics, and who manages to profit from the crimes. He appears in eleven novels published between 1930 and 1950, including The Sullen Sky Mystery (1935), widely regarded as Bailey's magnum opus.


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A Mr. Fortune Novel by

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Paperback, Published in Apr 2008 by Rue Morgue Press

ISBN10: 1601870191 | ISBN13: 9781601870193

Page count: 192

The first novel to feature Reggie Fortune, a special consultant to Sherlock Holmes, after scores of short stories. Fortune is ranked with Allingham, Marsh, Christie, Tey and Sayers as one of the most popular English mystery writers of the 1930s. First published in 1934.

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