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, Joshua 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, primarily The Windsor Magazine but also Adventure[1] and Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine.

Works[edit]

Bailey's "The Woman in the Veil" was the cover story in the May 1912 issue of Adventure

Romantic and historic fiction[edit]

  • My Lady of Orange (1901). Serialised, Longman's Magazine, UNKNOWN MONTH to May 1901
  • Dolly and Dick. Longman's Magazine, October 1901
  • Karl of Erbach (1903). Serialised as Prince Karl, Longman's Magazine, July to UNKNOWN MONTH 1902
  • The Master of Gray (1903)
  • Rimingtons (1904)
  • Beaujeu (1905). Serialised, Monthly Review, UNKNOWN MONTH to UNKNOWN MONTH 1905
  • Under Castle Walls (1906), aka Springtime
  • Raoul, a Gentleman of Fortune (1907), aka A Gentleman of Fortune
  • The God of Clay (1908)
  • Colonel Stow (1908)
  • Storm and Treasure (1910)
  • The Lonely Lady (1911)
  • The Suburban (1912)
  • The Sea Captain (1913)
  • The Gentleman Adventurer (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). Serialised, (London) Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1928 to 13 September 1928
  • The Roman Eagles (1929), juvenile
  • Mr Cardonnel (1931)
  • The Bottle Party (1940)

Detective fiction[edit]

  • Call Mr Fortune (1920), short stories collection
  • Mr Fortune's Practice (1923), short stories collection
  • Mr Fortune's Trials (1925), short stories collection
  • Mr Fortune, Please (1928), short stories collection
  • Mr Fortune Speaking (1929), short stories collection
  • Garstons / The Garston Murder Case (1930; Clunk)
  • Mr Fortune Explains (1930), short stories collection
  • Case for Mr Fortune (1932), short stories collection
  • The Red Castle / The Red Castle Mystery (1932; Clunk)
  • The Man in the Cape (1933)
  • Mr Fortune Wonders (1933), short stories collection
  • Shadow on the Wall (1934; Fortune, cameo by Clunk)
  • Mr Fortune Objects (1935), short stories collection
  • 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), short stories collection
  • The Great Game (1939; Fortune, cameo by Clunk)
  • The Veron Mystery / Mr Clunk's Text (1939; Clunk, cameo by Fortune)
  • Mr Fortune Here (1940), short stories collection
  • 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 short stories[edit]

  • The Knight of Mayford. Windsor Magazine, January 1902
  • TITLE UNKNOWN. Windsor Magazine, July 1902
  • TITLE UNKNOWN. Windsor Magazine, December 1902
  • Dominique. Macmillan's Magazine, January 1903
  • TITLE UNKNOWN. Windsor Magazine, December 1903
  • The Torpedo Lieutenant. The Realm, March 1904
  • The Deplorable Princess. The Realm, July 1904
  • TITLE UNKNOWN. Windsor Magazine, July 1904
  • The Anachronism. Pall Mall Magazine, October 1904
  • Mrs Cromwell's Heart. Windsor Magazine, September 1905
  • The Devil of Marston. Lowestoft Journal, 18 May 1907. Reprinted, Luton Reporter, 1 September 1913
  • How He Won His Throne. Pall Mall Magazine, November 1907
  • My Lady's Lord. Pall Mall Magazine, January 1908
  • The Pageant of England: I TITLE UNKNOWN. May 1908
  • The Pageant of England: II TITLE UNKNOWN. June 1908
  • Sir Albert's Fall Coventry Evening Telegraph, 17 June 1908
  • The Pageant of England: III TITLE UNKNOWN. July 1908
  • The Pageant of England: IV King John Comes to Heel. August 1908
  • Double Sculls. The Strand Magazine, August 1908
  • Charles Is Engaged. (London) Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1912
  • The Woman Who Cried. (London) Daily Telegraph, 5 August 1912
  • Mr Bertram's Tryst. Luton Reporter, 29 December 1913
  • The Thistle Down, in The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939)
  • A Matter of Speculation, in Anthology 1968 Mid-Year, edited by Ellery Queen (1968)

Poetry[edit]

  • Spring in Arden. Programme for the matinee performance at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, in aid of the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre Fund at Stratford on Avon

Uncollected Journalism[edit]

  • The Stage and the Study. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 April 1916
  • The Air Force: I - The Young Idea. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 September 1918
  • The Air Force: II - The Wings. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 September 1918
  • The Air Force: III - The Day's Work. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 October 1918
  • The Great Advance: From Amiens to Le Cateau. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 October 1918
  • Out at Last. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 November 1918
  • German Fleet in the Firth of Forth. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 November 1918
  • American Sea Power. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 December 1918
  • Our Armies in Germany I. (London) Daily Telegraph, 8 January 1919
  • Our Armies in Germany II. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 January 1919
  • Guards' Colours. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 January 1919
  • Soldiers' Verdict on Cologne. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 January 1919
  • Shock to Cologne. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 January 1919
  • Rhine Provinces and United Germany. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 January 1919
  • Luxembourg. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 January 1919
  • On the Trail of Revolutions. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 January 1919
  • Prince of Wales in Cologne. (London) Daily Telegraph, 18 January 1919
  • British Mime in Cologne Theatre. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 January 1919
  • Campaign of 1918. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 January 1919
  • Castle of Burg. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 January 1919
  • Election Day in Cologne. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 January 1919
  • German Elections. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 January 1919
  • Germany's Problems. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 January 1919
  • British Troops in Brussels. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 January 1919
  • Jovial Belgians and Whining Germans. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 January 1919
  • War's Effect in Lille and Douai. (London) Daily Telegraph, 29 January 1919
  • Our Men in Flanders. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 January 1919
  • Scenes in Lille. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 January 1919
  • The Last of the Ballets. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 March 1919
  • Easter in Arden. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 April 1919
  • Shakespeare Festival. (London) Daily Telegraph, 25 April 1919
  • War and the Theatre. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 May 1919
  • Stage Heroes. (London) Daily Telegraph, 5 June 1919
  • Joy in the Theatre. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 June 1919
  • Novels on the Stage. (London) Daily Telegraph, 10 July 1919
  • New York to Norfolk. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 July 1919
  • The Naval Pageant. (London) Daily Telegraph, 18 July 1919
  • The Day Before. (London) Daily Telegraph, 19 July 1919
  • London's Tribute to Our War Heroes. (London) Daily Telegraph, 21 July 1919
  • Play and Pageant. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 July 1919
  • Death of Mr Andrew Carnegie. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 August 1919
  • Shakespeare Repertory I . (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 August 1919
  • Shakespeare Repertory II. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 August 1919
  • Women Dramatists. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 August 1919
  • The First Hamlet. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 September 1919
  • The Coming of Children. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 December 1919
  • Christmas Time. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 December 1919
  • Leap Year. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 December 1919
  • Julius Caesar. (London) Daily Telegraph, 8 January 1920
  • The Future. (London) Daily Telegraph, 10 January 1920
  • The Other Dramatists. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 January 1920
  • Clothes and the Woman. (London) Daily Telegraph, 31 January 1920
  • Second Thoughts. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 February 1920
  • Use of the Novel. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 March 1920
  • King and People at the Cenotaph. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 November 1920
  • Armistice Day. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 November 1920
  • The Story of Landru's Trial. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 December 1921
  • Phenomena of the Seance I. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 January 1922
  • Phenomena of the Seance II. (London) Daily Telegraph, 1 February 1922
  • Phenomena of the Seance III. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 February 1922
  • Pageant of Pomp in Westminster Abbey. (London) Daily Telegraph, 1 March 1922
  • Old Clowns and New. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 November 1922
  • A Fantasy of Finance. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 December 1922
  • The Ilford Murder. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 December 1922
  • A New Holiday. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 June 1923
  • Wilkie Collins. (London) Daily Telegraph, 8 January 1924
  • The Wheel of Fashion. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 December 1927
  • [TITLE UNKNOWN]. (London) Daily Telegraph, 10 September 1928
  • Incompatible Minds. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 September 1928
  • Continents of Romance. (London) Daily Telegraph, 6 May 1929
  • Epsom's Endless Magic. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 June 1929
  • The Elegance of Ascot. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 June 1929
  • Abbey Service for Earl of Balfour. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 March 1930
  • Parents and Children. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 July 1930
  • R101 Memorial Service in St Pauls. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 October 1930
  • Homilies upon Drink. (London) Daily Telegraph, 8 November 1930
  • A Novelty in Duelling. (London) Daily Telegraph, 15 November 1930
  • Smokers Old and New. (London) Daily Telegraph, 22 November 1930
  • Apologists for Age. (London) Daily Telegraph, 29 November 1930
  • Drinking as a Fine Art. (London) Daily Telegraph, 3 December 1930
  • Two Judges on Perjury. (London) Daily Telegraph, 6 December 1930
  • Truth in the Crowd. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 December 1930
  • Penalty of Death: Gross Distortions in the Futile Report of the Sentimentalists. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 December 1930
  • The Christmas Spirit. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 December 1930
  • New Year's Revels. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 December 1930
  • Optimism or Despondency. (London) Daily Telegraph, 3 January 1931
  • Coincidence and Destiny. (London) Daily Telegraph, 10 January 1931
  • Men Destined to Crime. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 January 1931
  • Art of Gormandise. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 January 1931
  • On Living for Ever. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 January 1931
  • Marriage down the Ages. (London) Daily Telegraph, 31 January 1931
  • Trouble with Our Names. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 February 1931
  • Companion of Witches. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 February 1931
  • Men's Stories for Women. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 February 1931
  • Holmes and His 'Dear Watson'. (London) Daily Telegraph, 21 February 1931
  • The Slavery of Tobacco. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 February 1931
  • A Dream of the 'Fifties. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 March 1931
  • The English Character. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 March 1931
  • Morals and the Censor. (London) Daily Telegraph, 21 March 1931
  • The Mortality of Literary Fame. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 March 1931
  • Diplomacy as Practised down the Ages. (London) Daily Telegraph, 4 April 1931
  • Portraits in Novels. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 April 1931
  • Food and Feasting through the Ages. (London) Daily Telegraph, 18 April 1931
  • The Danger of Leisure. (London) Daily Telegraph, 25 April 1931
  • New Electric Age. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 May 1931
  • Behind Our Dreams. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 May 1931
  • Value of the 'Varsities. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 May 1931
  • Lovely Womanhood through the Ages. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 May 1931
  • Saint Joan of Arc. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 May 1931
  • Are We English Human?. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 May 1931
  • Looking Far Ahead. (London) Daily Telegraph, 6 June 1931
  • Getting down: The Choice of Careers. (London) Daily Telegraph, 13 June 1931
  • The Londoner's Spirit. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 June 1931
  • The Victorian Father. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 June 1931
  • The Art of Eating. (London) Daily Telegraph, 4 July 1931
  • Our Conversation. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 July 1931
  • Love and Science. (London) Daily Telegraph, 18 July 1931
  • Good Haters. (London) Daily Telegraph, 25 July 1931
  • Our Crowded Holidays. (London) Daily Telegraph, 1 August 1931
  • Happy though Modern. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 September 1931
  • On Choice of Wines. (London) Daily Telegraph, 19 September 1931
  • Return of the Periwig. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 September 1931
  • Ourselves in Duplicate. (London) Daily Telegraph, 3 October 1931
  • Mystery Man of Science. (London) Daily Telegraph, 10 October 1931
  • Liberties of the Pulpit. (London) Daily Telegraph, 17 October 1931
  • The Decline of Lunch. (London) Daily Telegraph, 24 October 1931
  • Legends of the Beard. (London) Daily Telegraph, 31 October 1931
  • Food in Books. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 November 1931
  • More Marriage Theories. (London) Daily Telegraph, 14 November 1931
  • Gentle Shocking of Our Forefathers. (London) Daily Telegraph, 21 November 1931
  • The Castaway. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 November 1931
  • Cowper's Misery. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 November 1931
  • Marriage a la Mode. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 November 1931
  • The Wassail Bowl. (London) Daily Telegraph, 5 December 1931
  • Christmas Pleasures. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 December 1931
  • Children as Sightseers. (London) Daily Telegraph, 19 December 1931
  • New Year Resolutions. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 January 1932
  • Exhibition Humbug. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 January 1932
  • Short Men and Tall Men. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 January 1932
  • Degradation of Wives. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 January 1932
  • Lewis Carroll and His Immortal Alice. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 January 1932
  • Prizes Won at School. (London) Daily Telegraph, 6 February 1932
  • Family Inquisition Myths. (London) Daily Telegraph, 20 January 1932
  • Daily Telegraph Literary Prize No 6 Result. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 February 1932
  • Leap Day Tradition. (London) Daily Telegraph, 27 February 1932
  • That Cockney Conceit. (London) Daily Telegraph, 5 March 1932
  • That House of Our Dreams. (London) Daily Telegraph, 12 March 1932
  • Coaxing back a British Appetite. (London) Daily Telegraph, 19 March 1932
  • Thieves' Slang in fact and Fiction. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 March 1932
  • Is Youth Overdoing the Cult of Sport. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 April 1932
  • The Luck of the Sexes. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 April 1932
  • Cigarette Smoking. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 April 1932
  • State-Nursed Britain. (London) Daily Telegraph, 7 May 1932
  • When Mischief Comes to Children. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 May 1932
  • The Beauty of Britain. (London) Daily Telegraph, 26 May 1932
  • Last Few Survivals of Snobbery. (London) Daily Telegraph, 28 May 1932
  • Scenes That Linger in the Memory. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 May 1932
  • Speeding up Travelling. (London) Daily Telegraph, 11 June 1932
  • Holidays in August. (London) Daily Telegraph, 18 June 1932
  • On Hiking and Hikers. (London) Daily Telegraph, 21 June 1932
  • When the Sparkle Went into Champagne. (London) Daily Telegraph, 25 June 1932
  • Sorcery Still Lives. (London) Daily Telegraph, 2 July 1932
  • Team Games for Girls. (London) Daily Telegraph, 9 July 1932
  • Modern Family Life Relies on Freedom. (London) Daily Telegraph, 16 July 1932
  • The Evil of Our School Examinations. (London) Daily Telegraph, 23 July 1932
  • Britain's Most Wonderful Year: A Survey from the Summit of Supreme Achievement. (London) Daily Telegraph, 31 December 1945

References[edit]

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

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