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7. The Red Thumb Mark
Author: R. Austin Freeman
Publisher: n/a
Number of Pages: Kindle e-book (print length: 172 pages)
My Rating: 4/5
Reading Challenge: Vintage Mystery Challenge

Review: The Red Thumb Mark introduces Dr. John Thorndyke and his friend Christopher Jervis to the reader. If you immediately think 'Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson', you're not totally wrong as Mr. Freeman explains in Meet Dr. Thorndyke. I have to admit, though, that I prefer Dr. Thorndyke. He is more, I don't know, accessible.

Dr. John Thorndyke is a medical practitioner who works as a medical/scientific expert. Sort of like an Edwardian Quincy, M. E. :D Anyway, in this case Dr. Thorndyke is asked to help with the defense of a young man accused of stealing a packet of diamonds from his uncle. The only evidence against the young man is his bloody thumb mark on a piece of paper.

"Not our natural enemies, doctor," protested Mr. Singleton. "We work for a conviction, of course, but we don't throw obstacles in the way of the defence. You know that perfectly well."

"Of course I do, my dear sir," replied Thorndyke, shaking the official by the hand. "Haven't I benefited by your help a score of times? But I am greatly obliged all the same. Good-bye."

Although the story reads a bit old-fashioned, I really enjoyed it a lot, especially since most of today's books seem to be about serial killers and lots of blood. I'm just a bit surprised that Freeman's books and Dr. Thorndyke aren't more popular since a lot of people seem to love Conan Doyle and Sherlock Holmes.

Recommended if you like vintage crime fiction and Sherlock Holmes.

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Date: 2012-02-02 09:33 pm (UTC)
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I used to read all the older mysteries and greatly prefer them to the modern stuff: it used to be "Oh, my dear, Reginald is dead in the library; let's have tea and see what to do. I know: I'll call that clever Doctor/Professor/Colonel and see what he thinks", and then some civilised people help out and solve everything, and the quality of life in general as all of this unfolds is just a million times better than the modern worlds. The part I used to love about them was that *someone else was solving something so that I didn't have to*, which is a really good mental break for me. These days it's that so many of the characters are rotten, insane, abusive, or helpless and then cruelly treated, and that is not what I would voluntarily read in order to escape from my daily life, you know? I'm glad someone else likes the old-fashioned things sometimes too!


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