Anthony Gilbert (author)

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Anthony Gilbert, the pen name of Lucy Beatrice Malleson (15 February 1899 – 9 December 1973), was an English crime writer who was a cousin of actor-screenwriter Miles Malleson.[1][2] She also wrote nongenre fiction as Anne Meredith and published one crime novel and an autobiography (Three-a-Penny, 1940) under the Meredith name.

She published 69 crime novels, 51 of which featured her best-known character, Arthur Crook. Crook is a vulgar London lawyer totally (and deliberately) unlike the sophisticated detectives, such as Lord Peter Wimsey and Philo Vance, who dominated the mystery field when Gilbert introduced him. Instead of dispassionately analyzing a case, he usually enters it after seemingly damning evidence has built up against his client, then conducts a no-holds-barred investigation of doubtful ethics to clear him or her. As fellow mystery author Michael Gilbert noted, "...he behaved in a way which befitted his name and would not have been approved by the Law Society."[3] The first Crook novel was published in 1936 and was immediately popular. The last Crook novel was published in 1974.

Her novel The Vanishing Corpse (1941) was adapted as the film They Met in the Dark (1943), and her novel on abduction and a faked identity, The Woman in Red, which features Arthur Crook and his assistant Bill Parsons (1941), was adapted as the 1945 film noir, My Name Is Julia Ross.[4] "You'll Be the Death of Me," an October 1963 episode of The Alfred Hitchcock Hour, was adapted from Gilbert's short story "The Goldfish Button" in the February 1958 Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine. Her short stories "Door to a Different World" and "Fifty Years After" were Edgar Award nominees.


Short Stories as Anthony Gilbert

Portrait of a murderer : a Christmas crime story ; with an introduction by Martin Edwards, London : British Library, 2017, ISBN 978-0-7123-5686-2

Radio Plays as Anthony Gilbert

  • Death at 6.30. (Detection Club, Series 1, Episode 1). BBC Home Service, 11 and 15 May 1940
  • The Honest Man. BBC Forces, 30 November 1940
  • The Plain Woman. BBC Forces, 14 December 1940
  • A Cavalier in Love. BBC Forces, 21 December 1940
  • He Came by Night. BBC Forces, 12 March 1941. Repeated: BBC General Forces, 27 July 1944
  • Calling Mr Brown. BBC Forces, 21 April 1941
  • The Bird of Passage. BBC Forces, 22 May 1941
  • There's Always Tomorrow. BBC Forces, 12 June 1941
  • Footprints. BBC Home Service, 2 July 1941. Repeated: BBC Home Service, 16 February 1949
  • Thirty Years is a Long Time. BBC Home Service, 13 August 1941. Repeated: BBC General Forces, 2 April 1944
  • The Challenge. BBC Forces, 20 March 1942
  • A Bird in a Cage. BBC Forces, 27 March 1942
  • The Organiser. BBC Forces, 3 April 1942
  • The Ghost of Starling Square. BBC Forces, 10 April 1942
  • Find the Lady. BBC Home Service, 9 November 1942. Adapted from the novel Woman in Red
  • His Professional Conscience. BBC Home Service, 1 January 1943
  • The Sullivan Case. (Here's Wishing You Well Again: Series 2, Episode 2). BBC General Forces, 27 January 1944
  • The Fellowes Case. (Here's Wishing You Well Again: Series 2, Episode 5). BBC General Forces, 9 March 1944
  • The Waterbury Case. (Here's Wishing You Well Again: Series 2, Episode 8). BBC General Forces, 20 April 1944
  • The Homecoming. BBC General Forces, 22 June 1944.
  • Of Brides in Baths. (Corner in Crime). BBC Home Service, 16 August 1945
  • Mystery Man of New York. (Corner in Crime). BBC Home Service, 20 September 1945
  • On the Night of October Tenth. BBC Home Service, 20 March 1946
  • Full Circle. BBC Home Service, 18 September 1946
  • Hard Luck Story. BBC Light Service, 20 May 1947
  • A Nice Cup of Tea. (Detection Club: Series 2, Episode 1). BBC Light Service, 3 February 1948
  • The Sympathetic Table. (Mystery Playhouse). BBC Light Service, 11 May 1948
  • Profitable Death. BBC Home Service, 17 May 1950
  • After the Verdict. BBC Home Service, 7 June 1952
  • Now You Can Sleep. BBC Home Service, 23 August 1952
  • My Guess Would be Murder. BBC Home Service, 30 October 1954. Adapted from the novel The Wrong Body
  • I Love My Love with an A. BBC Home Service, 10 July 1957
  • No One Will Ever Know. BBC Home Service, 20 February 1960
  • Black Death. BBC Home Service, 16 July 1960. Adapted from the novel qv
  • And Death Came Too. BBC Home Service, 3 March 1962. Adapted from the novel qv

Radio Plays as Anne Meredith

  • The Adventurer. BBC Home Service, 29 March 1941
  • The Rich Woman. BBC Home Service, 9 July 1943
  • The Innocent Bride. BBC Home Service, 18 January 1953
  • The Sisters. BBC Home Service, 12 October 1955


  1. ^ Malleson, Andrew (2012). Discovering the Family of Miles Malleson 1888 to 1969. Author. ISBN 9780969582625. 
  2. ^ Becker, Mary Helen (1989). "Anthony Gilbert". Dictionary of Literary Biography. 77: 122–27. 
  3. ^ Gilbert, Michael (12 December 1973). "Anthony Gilbert". Times of London. 
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