Marten Cumberland

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Sydney Walter Martin "Marten" Cumberland[1] (23 July 1892 – 1972) was a British journalist, novelist and editor. He also wrote under the pseudonym, Kevin O'Hara. He specialised in the detective/mystery genre and created the character of Inspector Saturnin Dax, a French policeman.

During World War I, Cumberland served as a radio operator in the Merchant Navy. After the war, he worked successively for several newspapers and publishing houses as a writer. He also composed some detective stories for various magazines. He became a freelance journalist in 1924.

In 1923, Cumberland published his first novel, Loaded Dice, which he co-wrote with B.V. Shann. He married Kathleen Walsh in 1928. In his last years, he moved to Dublin, where he died in 1972.[2]

Bibliography[edit]

  • Loaded Dice (with BV Shann) (1926)
  • The Perilous Way (1926)
  • Mate in Three Moves (1929)
  • The Diary of Death (1932)
  • The Sin of David (1932)
  • The Dark House (1935)
  • Devil's Snare (1935)
  • The Impostor (1935)
  • Murder at Midnight (with BV Shann) (1935)
  • Shadowed (1936)
  • Bird of Prey (1937)
  • Someone Must Die (1940)
  • Questionable Shape (1941)
  • Quislings Over Paris (1942)
  • The Knife Will Fall (1943)
  • The Testing of Tony (1943)
  • Everything He Touched (1945)
  • Not Expected to Live (1945)
  • Steps in the Dark (1945)
  • A Lovely Corpse (1946)
  • Darkness As a Bride (1947)
  • Hearsed in Death (aka A Dilemma for Dax) (1947)
  • And Worms Have Eaten Them (aka Hate Will Find a Way) (1948)
  • And Then Came Fear (1949)
  • The Crime School (1949)
  • On the Danger List (1950)
  • Policeman's Nightmare (1950)
  • Confetti Red Can Be (aka The House in the Forest) (1951)
  • The Man Who Covered Mirrors (1951)
  • Booked for Death (aka Grave Consequences) (1952)
  • Fade Out the Stars[3] (1952)
  • One Foot in the Grave (1952)
  • The Charge Is Murder (1953)
  • Etched in Violence (1953)
  • Which of Us Is Safe? (aka Nobody Is Safe) (1953)
  • The Frightened Brides (1954)
  • Utterly Until Death (1954)
  • Lying at Death's Door (1956)
  • Far Better Dead! (1957)
  • Hate for Sale (1957)
  • Out of This World (1958)
  • Murmurs in the Rue Morgue (1959)
  • Remains to Be Seen (1960)
  • There Must Be Victims (1961)
  • Watch Out! Saturnin Dax (1962)
  • Postscript to a Death (1963)
  • Hate Finds a Way (1964)
  • The Dice Were Loaded (1965)
  • It's Your Funeral (1966)
  • No Feeling in Murder (1966)

As Kevin O'Hara[edit]

  • The Customer's Always Wrong (1951)
  • Exit and Curtain (1952)
  • Sing, Clubman, Sing! (1952)
  • Always Tell the Truth (1953)
  • It Leaves Them Cold (1954)
  • Keep Your Fingers Crossed (1955)
  • The Pace That Kills (1955)
  • Women Like to Know (1957)
  • Danger: Women at Work! (1958)
  • Well, I'll Be Hanged! (1958)
  • And Here Is the Noose! (1959)
  • Taking Life Easy (1961)
  • If Anything Should Happen (1962)
  • Do not Tell the Police (1963)
  • Do not Neglect the Body (1964)
  • It's Your Funeral (1966)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Merchant Navy Seamen 1835-1941" index and images, findmypast (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:KC7R-9J6: 1 April 2015); citing BT 112-116, 119-120, series BT350, The National Archives of the UK, Kew, Surrey.
  2. ^ "Marten Cumberland profile". Gadetection.pbworks.com. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
  3. ^ Fade Out the Stars - Marten Cumberland - Google Books. Books.google.com. 28 October 2010. Retrieved 1 April 2015.

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