Anthony Berkeley Cox

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Anthony Berkeley Cox
Born (1893-07-05)5 July 1893
Watford, England
Died 9 March 1971(1971-03-09) (aged 77)
Other names Francis Iles, Anthony Berkeley and A. Monmouth Platts
Occupation crime writer

Anthony Berkeley Cox (5 July 1893 – 9 March 1971) was an English crime writer. He wrote under several pen-names, including Francis Iles, Anthony Berkeley and A. Monmouth Platts.

Life[edit]

Anthony Berkeley Cox was born in 1893 in Watford, and educated at Sherborne School and University College London. After serving in the British Army in World War I, he worked as a journalist for many years, contributing to such magazines as Punch[1] and The Humorist.

His first novel, The Layton Court Mystery, was published anonymously in 1925. It introduced Roger Sheringham, the amateur detective who features in many of the author's novels including the classic Poisoned Chocolates Case. In 1930, Berkeley founded the legendary Detection Club in London along with Agatha Christie, Freeman Wills Crofts and other established mystery writers.

His 1932 novel (as "Francis Iles"), Before the Fact was adapted into the 1941 classic film Suspicion, directed by Alfred Hitchcock, starring Cary Grant and Joan Fontaine.

In 1938, he took up book reviewing for John O'London's Weekly and the Daily Telegraph, writing under his pen name Francis Iles. He also wrote for the Sunday Times in the 1940s and for the Manchester Guardian, later The Guardian, from the mid-1950s until 1970. A key figure in the development of crime fiction, he died in 1971.

Novels and stories[edit]

Published as "?"[edit]

  • The Layton Court Mystery (Herbert Jenkins, 1925)

Published as the author of "The Layton Court mystery"[edit]

  • The Wychford Poisoning Case (Collins, 1926)

Published as Anthony Berkeley[edit]

  • Roger Sheringham and the Vane Mystery [US title: The Mystery at Lovers' Cave] (1927)
  • The Silk Stocking Murders (1928)
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)
  • The Second Shot (1930)
  • Top Storey Murder (1931)
  • Murder in the Basement (1932)
  • Jumping Jenny [US title: Dead Mrs. Stratton] (1933)
  • Panic Party [US title: Mr Pidgeon's Island] (1934)
  • The Roger Sheringham Stories (1994)
  • The Avenging Chance and Other Mysteries from Roger Sheringham's Casebook (2004)

Other novels[edit]

  • Professor On Paws (1926)
  • Mr Priestley's Problem [US title: The Amateur Crime] (1927)
  • The Piccadilly Murder (1929)
  • Not to Be Taken [US title: A Puzzle in Poison] (1937)
  • Trial and Error (1937)
  • Death in the House (1939)
  • The Scoop and Behind the Screen (1983) (Originally published in The Listener (1931) and (1930), both written by members of the Detection Club)

Uncollected short stories[edit]

  • "Mr Simpson Goes to the Dogs" (1934)
  • "The Policeman Only Taps Once" (1936)
  • "Publicity Heroine'" (1936)

Published as Francis Iles[edit]

Novels[edit]

Short stories[edit]

  • "Outside the Law" (1934)
  • "Dark Journey" (1935)
  • "It Takes Two to Make a Hero'" (1943)

Published as A. Monmouth Platts[edit]

  • Cicely Disappears (1927)

References[edit]