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

-- At that time Adventure did not commission covers based on published stories. So this was a coincidence but not a cover story.

Romantic and historic fiction[edit]

  • My Lady of Orange (1901). Serialised, Longman's Magazine, UNKNOWN MONTH to May 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: Serialised as "Springtime", The Idler, April 1906 - UNKNOWN MONTH 1906
  • Raoul, a Gentleman of Fortune (1907), aka A Gentleman of Fortune
  • The God of Clay (1908): Serialised, Pall Mall Magazine, January 1997 to UNKNOWN MONTH 1907
  • Colonel Stow (1908)
  • Storm and Treasure (1910)
  • The Lonely Lady (1911)
  • The Suburban (1912)
  • The Sea Captain (1913) Serialized in Adventure (Sept. 1911-Jan 1913) also The Grand Jan 1912 to Dec. 1912.[2]
  • 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, Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1928 to 13 September 1928
  • The Roman Eagles (1929), juvenile
  • Mr Cardonnel (1931)

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)

Other Books[edit]

  • Forty Years After (1914)

Mr Fortune short stories[edit]

See Radio plays and talks also

Uncollected short stories[edit]

  • Dolly and Dick. Longman's Magazine, October 1901
  • The Knight of Mayford. Windsor Magazine, January 1902
  • Sir Albert's Fall. Windsor Magazine, July 1902
  • The King's Way. Windsor Magazine, December 1902
  • Dominique. Macmillan's Magazine, January 1903
  • The Nun of Newstead. Windsor Magazine, December 1903
  • The Torpedo Lieutenant. The Realm, March 1904
  • The Deplorable Princess. The Realm, July 1904
  • The Devil of Marston. Windsor Magazine, July 1904
  • The Anachronism. Pall Mall Magazine, October 1904
  • The Lone Hand. Windsor Magazine, December 1904
  • Ercole. Illustrated London News, 1 July 1905
  • Sir Bertram's Tryst. Windsor Magazine, August 1905
  • The Men in Buckram. Windsor Magazine, September 1905
  • Mrs Cromwell's Heart. Windsor Magazine, September 1905
  • How He Won His Throne. Pall Mall Magazine, November 1907
  • My Lady's Lord. Pall Mall Magazine, January 1908
  • TITLE UNKNOWN. Windsor Magazine, February 1908
  • The Pageant of England: I The Coming of Caesar. Pall Mall Magazine, May 1908
  • The Pageant of England: II Alfred the King. Pall Mall Magazine, June 1908
  • The Pageant of England: III William the Norman. Pall Mall Magazine, July 1908
  • The Pageant of England: IV King John Comes to Heel. Pall Mall Magazine, August 1908
  • Double Sculls. The Strand Magazine, August 1908
  • The Pageant of England: V The Merry King. Pall Mall Magazine, September 1908
  • The Pageant of England: VI The Angel of Revolution. Pall Mall Magazine, October 1908
  • Charles Is Engaged. Daily Telegraph, 3 August 1912
  • The Woman Who Cried. Daily Telegraph, 5 August 1912
  • The Bagman, July 1918
  • The Child, July 1920
  • The Old Bureau, May 1921
  • The Country Cottage. Grand Magazine, August 1921
  • The Tortoise Sonata. Gaiety, December 1921
  • The Thistle Down. The Queen's Book of the Red Cross (1939)
  • Victoria Pumphrey. Holly Leaves (Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News), December 1939

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

Theatre plays[edit]

  • Beaujeu by H C Bailey and David Kimball. English Play Society, 23 and 24 May 1909

Radio plays and talks[edit]

  • Meet Mr Fortune. Meet the Detective. BBC Empire Service. Date unknown (Mr Fortune profile, narrated by H C Bailey)
  • The Only Husband. Plays by Members of the Detection Club No. 8. BBC National Programme, 14 and 21 June 1941 (Mr Fortune radio play)

Uncollected Journalism[edit]

Letters to the Press[edit]

  • Tram Memories. (London) Daily Telegraph, 30 June 1952

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Forgotten Giant: Hoffman’s Adventure" by Richard Bleiler. Purple Prose Magazine, November 1998, pp. 3–12.
  2. ^ http://www.philsp.com/homeville/fmi/s/s741.htm#A8725
  • Murder Will Out: The Detective in Fiction, T. J. Binyon (Oxford, 1989) ISBN 0-19-219223-X pp. 22–26

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