E. R. Punshon

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Ernest Robertson Punshon (born East Dulwich, London 25 June 1872 – died Streatham, London 23 October 1956) was an English novelist and literary critic of the early to mid 20th century. He also wrote under the pseudonyms Robertson Halkett and Robertson Halket.[1] Primarily writing on crime and deduction, he enjoyed some literary success in the 1930s and 1940s. Today, he is remembered, in the main, as the creator of Police Constable Bobby Owen, the protagonist of many of Punshon's novels, who was eventually promoted to sergeant, inspector, superintendent and, finally, commander. A popular Scotland Yard detective, Owen appeared in 35 novels from 1933 to 1956. Punshon reviewed many of Agatha Christie's novels for The Guardian on their first publication.[2] Punshon was also a prolific writer of short stories, and a selection of his crime and horror fiction has recently been collected together.[3]

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Novels[edit]

Stand-alone[edit]

  • Earth's Great Lord (1901)
  • Constance West (1905)
  • Rhoda in Between (1907)
  • The Mystery of Lady Isabel (1907)
  • The Spin of the Coin or Love Conquers Crime. Serialised: Hartlepool Northern Daily Mail (1909)
  • The Choice (1908)
  • The Glitterhing Desire (1910)
  • The Wilderness Lovers (1912)
  • Hidden Lives (1913)
  • The Crowning Glory (1914)
  • Arrows of Chance (1917)
  • The Solitary House (1918)
  • The Woman's Footprint (1919)
  • Promise of Dawn (1921)
  • Old Fighting Days (1921)
  • The Bittermeads Mystery (1922)
  • Dunslow (1922)
  • The Blue John Diamond (1929)

Bobby Owen series[edit]

  • Information Received  (1933)
  • Death Among The Sunbathers  (1934)
  • Crossword Mystery  (1934)
  • Mystery Villa  (1934)
  • Death of A Beauty Queen  (1935)
  • Death Comes to Cambers  (1935)
  • The Bath Mysteries  (1936)
  • Mystery of Mr. Jessop  (1937)
  • The Dusky Hour  (1937)
  • Dictator's Way  (1938)
  • Comes a Stranger  (1938)
  • Suspects - Nine  (1939)
  • Murder Abroad  (1939)
  • Four Strange Women  (1940)
  • Ten Star Clues  (1941)
  • The Dark Garden  (1941)
  • Diabolic Candelabra  (1942)
  • Conqueror Inn  (1943)
  • Secrets Can't be Kept  (1944)
  • Night's Cloak  (1944)
  • There's a Reason for Everything  (1946)
  • It Might Lead Anywhere  (1946)
  • Helen Passes By  (1947)
  • Music Tells All  (1948)
  • The House of Godwinsson  (1948)
  • So Many Doors  (1949)
  • Everybody Always Tells  (1950)
  • The Golden Dagger  (1951)
  • The Secret Search  (1951)
  • The Attending Truth  (1952)
  • Strange Ending  (1953)
  • Brought to Light  (1954)
  • Dark Is The Clue  (1955)
  • Triple Quest  (1955)
  • Six Were Present  (1956)

Carter and Bell series[edit]

  • The Unexpected Legacy (1929)
  • Proof, Counter Proof (1931)
  • Footprints in Red. Serialised: Staffordshire Sentinel (1931)
  • The Cottage Murder (1932)
  • Genius in Murder (1932)
  • Truth Came Out (1932)

Short Stories[edit]

  • God's Will. Pearson's Magazine, August 1899
  • Priscilla and the Duke. Cassell's Magazine, October 1903
  • The Brantingham Ghost. Cassell's Magazine, December 1903
  • Sir Harry's Wager. Royal Magazine, May 1904
  • The Little Red Devil. The Smart Set, August 1904
  • Title Unknown. Cassell's Magazine, November 1904
  • Blind Trails. Flynn's, July-August 1925
  • Too Late for His Hat and Coat. Best Detective Magazine, November 1934
  • The Living Stone. Cornhill Magazine, September 1939
  • Good Beginning. MacKill's Mystery Magazine, October 1952
  • Dead Man's Hand. MacKill's Mystery Magazine, April 1953
  • Find the Lady. MacKill's Mystery Magazine, May 1953
  • The Tide Runs Strongly. MacKill's Mystery Magazine, August 1954
  • Three Sovereigns for a Corpse. The Saint Detective Magazine, April 1955

References[edit]

  1. ^ "E. R. Punshon". Crime and Mystery Fiction. Retrieved 26 April 2012.
  2. ^ e.g. Review of Murder Is Easy 11 July 1939, The Guardian, page 7.
  3. ^ Bobby Owen, Black Magic, Bloodshed & Burglary: Selected Short Stories of E. R. Punshon, Ramble House, Vancleave, MS, 2015.

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