I’ve created these bibliography-review pages for my favourite authors, so it’s only fair that I create a page for long-forgotten author Brian Flynn. Details about Flynn, including his full bibliography, are here, at gadetection, the only information that I can find on the author.
UPDATE: This isn’t quite true anymore, I’ve found a little bit extra, including a photograph, but as it’s an auction item, I’m not sure about the legality of reproducing it. And I certainly can’t afford it!
Flynn wrote 54 mystery novels, almost all of which feature his sleuth Anthony Fotherington Bathurst – the only exception that I’m aware of is Tragedy at Trinket. Most also feature Inspector Andrew McMorran and some of the later books also include Helen Repton, a reasonably rare occurrence in books at that time, namely a female member of Scotland Yard.
Flynn is not a cheap author to find and some of the titles seem to have no presence at all in the online second hand bookstores. The Sharp Quillet and Exit Sir John (both 1947) are the most readily available, often, oddly, with dust jacket intact. They’re good reads, not his best work, but solidly entertaining. The first six or so have copies out there, possibly as they were, I think, released in the US as well, not something I believe is true of all of his titles. Also some of the later titles have cropped up more than once in my searches.
His finest work is generally considered to be The Mystery Of The Peacock’s Eye (well, by the few of us who’ve read it) but I think Tread Softly, the tale of a man who may or may not have murdered his wife as he slept under the influence of a nightmare, pips it.
Listed below are the titles by Flynn that I own, with links to the reviews of those that I’ve read. I’m rationing them as they are rare as hen’s teeth and getting rarer – I do hope that’s not my fault…
- The Billiard-Room Mystery (1927)
- The Case Of The Black Twenty-Two (1928)
- The Mystery Of The Peacock’s Eye (1928)
- The Five Red Fingers (1929)
- Invisible Death (1929)
- The Murders Near Mapleton (1929)
- The Creeping Jenny Mystery aka The Crime At The Crossways (1930)
- The Orange Axe (1931)
- Tragedy at Trinket aka Tragedy at Trinket Nelson (1934)
- Tread Softly (1937)
- Reverse The Charges (1943)
- The Case Of Elymas The Sorceror (1945)
- Exit Sir John (1947)
- The Sharp Quillet (1947)
- Black Agent (1950)
- And Cauldron Bubble (1951)
- The Ring Of Innocent (1952)
- The Dice Are Dark (1956)
- The Wife Who Disappeared (1957)
- The Nine Cuts (1958)