Milward Kennedy

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Milward Rodon Kennedy Burge (21 June 1894 – 1968) was an English civil servant, journalist, crime writer and literary critic. He was educated at Winchester College and New College, Oxford. He served with British Military Intelligence in World War I and then worked for the International Labor Office and the Egyptian government. He was London editor of the Empire Digest and reviewed mystery fiction for The Sunday Times and The Guardian. He retired in the 1960s to West Sussex. Burge married Georgina Lee in 1921 and in 1926 after her death married Eveline Schrieber Billiat in 1926. He also wrote under the pseudonym Evelyn Elder.

Kennedy specialised in police mysteries, but also wrote about the adventures of Sir George Bull, a professional private investigator. He also collaborated with other members of The Detection Club on The Floating Admiral and Ask a Policeman. His series characters are Sir George Bull and Inspector Cornford.


  • The Bleston Mystery (1928) with A. G. Macdonell
  • The Corpse on the Mat (1929) aka Man who Rang the Bell
  • Corpse Guard Parade (1929)
  • Half Mast Murder (1930)
  • Death in a Deck-Chair (1930)
  • Death to the Rescue (1931)
  • The Floating Admiral (1931) with others
  • The Murderer of Sleep (1932)
  • Bull's Eye (1933)
  • Ask a Policeman (1933) with others
  • Corpse in Cold Storage (1934)
  • Poison in the Parish (1935)
  • Sic Transit Gloria (1936) aka Scornful Corpse
  • I'll be Judge, I'll be Jury (1937)
  • It Began in New York (1943)
  • Escape to Quebec (1946)
  • The Top Boot (1950)

As Evelyn Elder[edit]

  • Murder in Black and White (1931)
  • Angel in the Case (1932)
  • Two's Company (1952)