Herbert Adams (novelist)

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Herbert Adams (1874–1958) was an English writer of fifty 'cosy' mystery novels, mostly featuring the detective Roger Bennion, which were often set in or around golfing competitions. He also wrote short stories, humorous verse and two other mystery novels under the pseudonym Jonathan Gray.


Herbert Adams is the creator of:

1. 'Jimmie Haswell', a lawyer in London.

2. 'Roger Bennion', a golfer and amateur sleuth.

Adams also wrote under the pseudonym 'Jonathan Gray'.


'Jimmie Haswell' Novels:

1) The Secret of Bogey House 1924

2) The Crooked Lip 1926

3) The Queen's Gate Mystery 1927

4) The Empty Bed 1928

5) Rogues Fall Out 1928

6) The Golden Ape 1930

7) The Crime in the Dutch Garden 1931

8) The Paulton Plot 1932

9) The Woman in Black 1933


'Roger Bennion' Novels

1) Death Off the Fairway 1936

2) The Old Jew Mystery 1936

3) A Single Hair 1937

4) Black Death 1938

5) The Damned Spot 1938

6) The Nineteenth Hole Mystery 1939

7) The Case of the Stolen Bridegroom 1940

8) The Chief Witness 1940

9) Roger Bennion's Double 1941

10) Stab in the Back 1941

11) The Araway Oath 1942

12) Signal for Invasion 1942

13) Victory Song 1943

14) Four Winds 1944

15) The Writing on the Wall 1945

16) Diamonds Are Trumps 1947

17) Crime Wave at Little Cornford 1948

18) One to Play 1949

19) The Dean's Daughters 1950

20) The Sleeping Draught 1951

21) Exit the Skeleton 1952

22) The Spectre in Brown 1953

23) Slippery Dick 1954

24) The Judas Kiss 1955

25) Welcome Home! 1956

26) Death on the First Tee 1957

27) Death of a Viewer 1958

Other Novels

1) A Virtue of Necessity 1899

2) By Order of the Five 1925

3) The Sloane Square Mystery 1925

4) Comrade Jill 1926

5) The Perfect Round (short stories) 1927

6) Caroline Ormsby's Crime 1929

7) Oddways 1930

8) John Brand's Will (US Title: The Golf House Murder) 1933

9) The Knife (US Title: The Strange Murder of Hatton, K.C.) 1934

10) Mystery and Minette 1934

11) The Body in the Bunker 1935

12) Fate Laughs 1935

13) A Word of Six Letters (US Title: Murder Without Risk) 1936

14) The Scarlet Feather 1943

15) Murder Most Just 1956


As 'Jonathan Gray'

1) Safety Last 1934

2) The Owl 1937

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