H. C. Bailey

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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.

Bailey's works were published in a number of magazines, including Adventure[1] and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

Works[edit]

Romantic fiction

  • Karl of Erbach (1903)
  • Raoul, a Gentleman of Fortune (1907)
  • The God of Clay (1908)
  • Colonel Stow (1908)
  • Springtime (1909)
  • Storm and Treasure (1910)
  • Beaujeu (1911)
  • The Lonely Lady (1911)
  • The Suburban (1912)
  • My Lady of Orange (1912)
  • Rimingtons (1913)
  • The Gentleman Adventurer (1914)
  • The Master of Gray (1914)
  • The Highwayman (1915)
  • The Gamesters (1916)
  • The Young Lovers (1917)
  • The Pillar of Fire (1918)
  • Barry Leroy (1919)
  • His Serene Highness (1920)
  • The Fool (1921)
  • The Plot (1922)
  • The Rebel (1923)
  • Knight at Arms (1924)
  • The Golden Fleece (1925)
  • The Merchant Prince (1926)
  • Bonaventure (1927)
  • Judy Bovenden (1928)
  • The Roman Eagles (1929)
  • Mr Cardonnel (1931)
  • The Sea Captain (1940)

Detective fiction

  • Call Mr Fortune (1920)
  • Mr Fortune's Practice (1923)
  • Mr Fortune's Trials (1925)
  • Mr Fortune, Please (1928)
  • Mr Fortune Speaking (1929)
  • Garstons / The Garston Murder Case (1930; Clunk)
  • Mr Fortune Explains (1930)
  • Case for Mr Fortune (1932)
  • The Red Castle / The Red Castle Mystery (1932; Clunk)
  • The Man in the Cape (1933)
  • Mr Fortune Wonders (1933)
  • Shadow on the Wall (1934; Fortune, cameo by Clunk)
  • Mr Fortune Objects (1935)
  • The Sullen Sky Mystery (1935; Clunk)
  • A Clue for Mr Fortune (1936)
  • Black Land, White Land (1937; Fortune)
  • Clunk's Claimant / The Twittering Bird Mystery (1937; Clunk, cameo by Fortune)
  • This is Mr Fortune (1938)
  • The Great Game (1939; Fortune, cameo by Clunk)
  • The Veron Mystery / Mr Clunk's Text (1939; Clunk, cameo by Fortune)
  • Mr Fortune Here (1940)
  • The Bishop's Crime (1940; Fortune)
  • The Little Captain / Orphan Ann(1941; Clunk)
  • No Murder / The Apprehensive Dog (1942; Fortune)
  • Dead Man's Shoes / Nobody's Vineyard (1942; Clunk)
  • Mr Fortune Finds a Pig (1943; Fortune)
  • Slippery Ann / The Queen of Spades (1944; Clunk)
  • Dead Man's Effects / The Cat's Whisker (1945; Fortune)
  • The Wrong Man (1946; Clunk)
  • The Life Sentence (1946; Fortune)
  • Honour Among Thieves (1947; Clunk)
  • Saving a Rope / Save a Rope (1948; Fortune)
  • Shrouded Death (1950; Clunk)

Uncollected fiction

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forgotten Giant: Hoffman’s Adventure" by Richard Bleiler. Purple Prose Magazine, November 1998, pp. 3–12.

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