James Anderson (author)

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James Anderson (1936–2007) was a British author. He is best known for his books featuring Inspector Wilkins. Set in the 1930s, the action of the books takes place in a large fictional British estate, or stately home, belonging to George Henry Aylvin Saunders, the 12th Earl of Burford. The books are a humorous look at the Golden Age type of mystery, which feature whodunnits set during a house party, and contain joking references to Inspector Appleby, the detective created by Michael Innes, or Inspector Alleyn, created by Ngaio Marsh, and to the well-known private detective Hercule Poirot, invented by Agatha Christie.

Anderson also wrote novelizations based on the television series, Murder, She Wrote.


Inspector Wilkins books

  • The Affair of the Blood-stained Egg Cosy
  • The Affair of the Mutilated Mink
  • The Affair of the 39 Cufflinks

Novelizations based on Murder, She Wrote

  • The Murder of Sherlock Holmes
  • Hooray for Hollywood
  • Lovers and Other Killers

Mikael Petros books

  • Assassin
  • The Abolition of Death

Other works

  • The Alpha List
  • Appearance of Evil
  • Angel of Death
  • Assault and Matrimony
  • Auriol
  • Additional Evidence