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Publication Order of Andrew Basnett Books

Something Wicked (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Root of All Evil (1984)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crime and the Crystal (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Other Devil's Name (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Murder Too Many (1988)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smoke Without Fire (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Hobby of Murder (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Choice of Evils (1995)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Police Chief Raposo Books

Skeleton Staff (1969)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Witness Before the Fact (1979)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Ditteridge Books

A Stranger and Afraid (1971)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Breath of Suspicion (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foot in the Grave (1972)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alive and Dead (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood Flies Upwards (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Toby Dyke Books

Give a Corpse a Bad Name (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Remove The Bodies / Reheasals for Murder (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Botanist's Bay / Murder of a Suicide (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Don't Monkey with Murder / The Shape of a Stain (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Neck in a Noose / Your Neck in a Noose (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Virginia Freer Books

Last Will and Testament (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Frog in the Throat (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thinner Than Water (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Minor Character (1983)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
I Met Murder (1985)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Woman Slaughter (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sleep of the Unjust (1990)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Beware of the Dog (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

I, Said the Fly (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Among Friends / Cheat the Hangman (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
With Murder in Mind (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The March Hare Murders (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hunt the Tortoise (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Milk of Human Kindness (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Clock That Wouldn't Stop (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Alibi for a Witch (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Time (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lying Voices (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Enough to Kill a Horse (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Always Say Die / We Haven't Seen Her Lately (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Moves In / Kill or Cure (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Furnished for Murder (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Unreasonable Doubt / Count the Cost (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Tale of Two Murders / Depart This Life (1959)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fear the Light (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sleeping Dogs (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Busy Body / Seeing Double (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Wandering Widows (1962)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Doubly Dead (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Legal Fiction / The Decayed Gentlewoman (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Ninth Life (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
No Peace for the Wicked (1966)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Zero at the Bone (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Swaying Pillars (1968)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Seven Sleepers (1970)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Small World of Murder (1973)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hanged Man's House (1974)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Drowned Rat (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cup And The Lip (1975)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pretty Pink Shroud (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murders Anonymous (1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
In at the Kill (1978)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Experiment with Death (1981)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Skeleton in Search of a Cupboard / Skeleton in Search of a Closet (1982)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Come To Be Killed (1987)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trial By Fury (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Danger from the Dead (1991)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Answer Came There None (1992)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thy Brother Death (1993)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seeing is Believing (1994)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Thief in the Night (2014)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Collections

Designs on Life (1980)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sequence of Events and Other Stories (1989)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Casebook of Jonas P. Jonas and Other Mysteries (2012)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Anthologies

Winter's Crimes 9(1977)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Elizabeth E.X. Ferrars is the pen name used by a popular British writer named Morna Doris McTaggert Brown. She was well known for writing mystery, thriller, crime fiction, and suspense novels, and short stories. Some of the widely known book series penned by Ferrars include the Toby Dyke series, Superintendent Ditteridge series, Police Chief Raposo series, Andrew Basnett series, Virginia Freer series, etc. Additionally, she has written a number of single novels, several omnibus collections, and some short story collections.

Besides using this pseudonym and her original name to write her books, Ferrars used other pseudonyms of E.X. Ferrars and Elizabeth Ferrars to write some of her books. During the course of her career, Ferrars had collaborated with a few fellow writers, including Aaron Marc Stein, Marc Lovell, Robert L. Duncan, George Baby, etc.

Author Ferrars was born on September 06, 1907, in Rangoon, Myanmar, which was under British rule at that time. Her father was of Scottish descent, while her mother was an Irish-German. At the age of six, Ferrars moved to England with her parents and was brought up there. She studied at Bedales school followed by London University, where she obtained her journalism diploma. Ferrars entered the world of writing and publishing in the 1930s with the release of her first two books, Turn Single and Broken Music. They were released under her real name Morna McTaggart. At around the same time, Ferrars met and married her first life partner. But, the married did not last long and she separated from him to go and live with Dr. Robert Brown in Belsize Park, London. Dr. Brown was a botany lecturer at Bedford College.

Eventually, the divorce with her first husband was finalized after a few years and she immediately married Dr. Brown. The first crime fiction novel developed by Ferrars, Give a Corpse a Bad Name, was published in 1940. It was also the first book that featured her adopted pen name Elizabeth Ferrars. Sometimes, she liked to add an X in the pseudonym between Elizabeth and Ferrars, particularly when her books were released in the U.S. Ferrars was the maiden name of her mother. This novel introduced the popular character of Toby Dyke, a young detective who went on to feature in a few more crime novels of Ferrars. When Dr. Brown was offered a job at the United States’ Cornell University, Ferrars moved there with him. However, she could remain there for only one year before moving back to England. She continued to travel with Dr. Brown on all his work assignments.

When Dr. Brown visited Adelaide as a visiting professor at South Australia University, Ferrars also joined him there. The couple then relocated to Edinburgh, where Dr. Brown was given the post of Regius Professor of Botany. Ferrars lived with him in Edinburgh until 1977. After the retirement of Dr. Brown, she shifted to Blewsburry, Oxfordshire with him, where they resided until she died in 1995. During all her travels, Ferrars continued to publish a crime novel every year. In 1953, she was involved in founding the Crime Writers’ Association, and later in 1977, she became its chairperson.

Along with creating Toby Dyke as a young detective, Ferrars is also credited to have created the interesting characters of Andrew Basnett, Virginia Freer, and Felix Freer. She described Andrew Basnett as a retired botanist, a character she based on her husband; and Felix and Virginia Freer as a semi-estranged married couple. Ferrars’ last novel, A Thief in the Night, was released posthumously. Wendell Hertig Taylor and Jacques Barzun have described Ferrars as a writer who had a sound grasp of human relations and motives and regard for technique and probability. Ferrars claimed that she would have been unable to write crime fiction novels if her nanny had not taught her German when she was small. She believed the complex grammar rules and rigorous sentence structure of the language prepared her well for the crime thriller architecture.

Ferrars didn’t follow any religion. Her body was given a non-religious burial in Blewbury. It is believed that Ferrars followed a diligent method and considerable self-discipline that allowed her to give extraordinary output every time. Her books often gave the message of staying away from extreme unpleasantness and violence. Even her characters were depicted as educated and working in artistic or academic fields. Ferrars’ female characters are shown as politely feminist and independent.

A popular novel series written by author Elizabeth E.X. Ferrars is known as the Toby Dyke series. It consists of five books released between 1940 and 1942. Each novel of this series features the primary character in the role of a reporter named Toby Dyke. All the plots take place in Devon, England, where Toby Dyke hails from. Other essential characters created by Ferrars for the series include Anna Milne, Lou Capell, George, Edgar Prees, Rosa Miall, John Lestarke-Toye, and others. The debut book of this mystery series is entitled ‘Give a Corpse a Bad Name’. It was released in 2000 by the Isis publication after its first release in 1940. This novel opens by introducing Toby Dyke as a former reporter, who doesn’t have a fixed occupation. Aside from working with the local police, he takes up investigations of his own and keeps himself busy all the time.

A recent case that he is helping the police with is that of a drunk stranger who was run over at night while he was lying drunk on the side of the road. Toby Dyke looks into the car’s registration and finds out that it was being driven by Anna Milne on that fateful night. Anna is a beautiful widow and a South African national. What surprises Toby is that the victim also hailed from South Africa and had Anna Milne’s address in his wallet. He knows that it was no accident and Anna killed the man out of rage. After studying all the angles of the case and ensuring that Anna is the culprit, Toby forces her to make a confession. But, what she confesses takes the case in the opposite direction. Toby and the police are back to square one and begin looking again for a murder culprit.

The second volume of this series is known as ‘Remove The Bodies’. It was published in 1989 by the Ulverscroft publication, after its original release in 1940. Initially, it is shown that Toby Dyke gets a call from an unknown caller who asks him to investigate Lou Capell’s death. Lou had stayed at his apartment the previous night. Toby gets intrigued by the turn of events and sets out to investigate Lou’s death with his companion named George. With questions piling up, Toby feels that he has to race against time to catch the culprit before he gets away forever. As he moves closer to solving the crime, something unexpected happens and puts his own life in danger.

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