Mystery of the Sleeping Car Express and other stories Paperback – Jul 2002
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About the Author
Freeman Wills Crofts was born in Dublin in 1879 and died in 1957. He worked for a Northern Irish railway company as an engineer until 1929, before turning to detective fiction His plots reveal his mathematical training and he specialised in the seemingly unbreakable alibi, laying layer upon layer within his stories. He loved ships and trains and the intricacies of transport timetables feature in many of his stories. Crofts best-known character is Inspector Joseph French. French appears for the first time in Inspector Frenchs Greatest Case. He is a detective who achieves his results through dogged persistence.
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Crofts seemed to need a full length novel to display his powers best: the patient unraveling of the mystery, and the painstaking checking, theorizing and testing that led to the solution. There is one story in this collection, however, that is a total success. Written in 1933, it is titled "The Level Crossing". It, rather than the title story in this collection, well deserves inclusion in various "railway" story anthologies, and makes this book well worth the purchase price.
If you are a fan of Croft's old style detection with clues, alibis, impersonations and timetables but are not up
for a full length novel of his typically 250 pages long then this set of ten short stories might be just what you
are looking for as it is prime Crofts but in a condensed form.
His favorite dour-but-fair detective Inspector French appears in several of the episodes.