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Publication Order of Superintendent William Meredith Books

The Lake District Murder (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sussex Downs Murder (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death On Paper (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble A-Brewing (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Slow Vengeance (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Knows No Calendar (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Deals A Double (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in White Pyjamas (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in an Ambush (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Makes a Prophet (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Sunlight (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Glut of Red Herrings (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Steals the Show (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Constable & the Lady (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Riviera (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
When the Case Was Opened (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Twice Dead (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
So Much in the Dark (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two Ends to the Town (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Shift of Guilt (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Telegram from Le Touquet (1956)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Another Man's Shadow (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Inspector Bigswell Books

The Cornish Coast Murder (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Inspector Sherwood Books

The Night the Fog Came Down (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Twist Of The Rope (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of Superintendent Green Books

Loss of a Head (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Hand on the Alibi of Detection (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By:Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Female Detective (By:Andrew Forrester) (1864)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Great Impersonation (By:E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1920)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By:Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
It Walks by Night (By:John Dickson Carr) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Secret of High Eldersham (By:Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (By:John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Channel (By:Freeman Wills Crofts) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Incredible Crime (By:Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder of a Lady (By:Anthony Wynne) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lost Gallows (By:John Dickson Carr) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Murders (By:J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks (By:John Dickson Carr) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Division Bell Mystery (By:Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Hog's Back Mystery (By:Freeman Wills Crofts) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Portrait of a Murderer (By:Anne Meredith) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Fancy Dress (By:Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Family Matters (By:Anthony Rolls) (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Weekend at Thrackley (By:Alan Melville) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Murder of My Aunt (By:Richard Hull) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Quick Curtain (By:Alan Melville) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder Underground (By:Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Scarweather (By:Anthony Rolls) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of an Airman (By:Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spy Paramount (By:E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 12.30 from Croydon (By:Freeman Wills Crofts) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chianti Flask (By:Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake District Murder (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cherwell (By:Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Coast Murder (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of Anton (By:Alan Melville) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Tunnel (By:Miles Burton) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Traitor (By:Sydney Horler) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Santa Klaus Murder (By:Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Sussex Downs Murder (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Piccadilly (By:Charles Kingston) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (By:J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bats in the Belfry (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Excellent Intentions (By:Richard Hull) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Museum (By:John Rowland) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Antidote to Venom (By:Freeman Wills Crofts) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (By:J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Port of London Murders (By:Josephine Bell) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By:Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Dead (By:J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Verdict of Twelve (By:Raymond Postgate) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Scream in Soho (By:John G. Brandon) (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a Busybody (By:George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By:George Bellairs) (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Somebody at the Door (By:Raymond Postgate) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By:Nap Lombard) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Checkmate to Murder (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fell Murder (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder by Matchlight (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trouble on the Thames (By:Victor Bridges) (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Fire in the Thatch (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Makes a Prophet (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Smallbone Deceased (By:Michael Gilbert) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Calamity in Kent (By:John Rowland) (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death Has Deep Roots (By:Michael Gilbert) (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By:Michael Gilbert) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in the Mill-Race (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crossed Skis (By:Carol Carnac) (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Riviera (1952)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By:Margot Bennett) (1955)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Colour Of Murder (By:Julian Symons) (1957)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Egg (By:Mary Kelly) (1958)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Progress of a Crime (By:Julian Symons) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By:Gil North) (1960)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Methods of Sergeant Cluff (By:Gil North) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Spoilt Kill (By:Mary Kelly) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Body in the Dumb River (By:George Bellairs) (1961)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Due to a Death (By:Mary Kelly) (1963)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Surfeit of Suspects (By:George Bellairs) (1964)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Belting Inheritance (By:Julian Symons) (1965)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Last Best Friend (By:George Sims) (1967)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The End of the Web (By:George Sims) (1976)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By:Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Resorting to Murder (By:Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Silent Nights (By:Martin Edwards) (2015)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at the Manor (By:Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Serpents in Eden (By:Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Crimson Snow (By:Martin Edwards) (2016)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Foreign Bodies (By:Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Long Arm of the Law (By:Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Miraculous Mysteries (By:Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Continental Crimes (By:Martin Edwards) (2017)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Blood on the Tracks (By:Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By:Martin Edwards) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By:Kate Jackson) (2018)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By:Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Measure of Malice (By:Martin Edwards) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By:Kate Jackson) (2019)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By:Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By:Martin Edwards) (2020)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Two-Way Murder (By:E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By:Martin Edwards) (2021)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle

About John Bude

Going under the pseudonym of John Bude, the British writer Ernest Elmore was well known for writing mystery novels. Publishing most of his books under the moniker of John Bude, he’d release several series too, many of them establishing well known and iconic characters. Gifted in the art of suspense and intrigue, Elmore would use the Bude name to create to numerous mysteries that really stood out from the page. Creating an atmosphere throughout all his novels, readers from all over would come to appreciate his work and leading protagonists.

While Elmore would look at other genres in his career, including children’s and fantasy novels, he’d largely focus on mystery when writing under his John Bude name. This would prove to be hugely successful, as he’d reach scores of readers from around the world, creating a style quite unlike any other. Making a name for himself all around the world, his books would be massively popular, as readers would continue to come back for more. From his intriguing premises to his engaging characters, he’d always pay close attention to detail at every level.

The leading protagonists that he’s created over the years are also world renowned, as many of them stay with the reader long after they put the book down. This coupled with his compelling premises really managed to make his stories work on a variety of different levels for readers. Knowing his audience, he would draw them in then hold them there, glued to to the edge of theirs seats with every single turn of the page. Leaving behind a legacy that’s stile felt to this very day, more and more readers will continue to discover the name of John Bude for years to come.

Early and Personal Life

Born Ernest Carpenter Elmore on the 4th of November in 1901, he was born and raised in Maidstone, Kent. Primarily working as a theatre producer as well as a director, he would have an illustrious career until his passing on the 8th of November, 1957, in Hastings, Sussex. Attending Mill Hill School, he would board there until 1919, before later going on to secretarial college in Cheltenham.

He would also later work as a games master at the St Christopher School in Letchworth, assisting in the dramatic arts during his time there too. This would then see him join with the Lena Ashwell Players, leading to him touring the country, as he would also begin to write extensively during this time too. He would marry Muriel Betty Sharp, living in Maidstone, before moving to Beckley in Sussex together, where he would go on to become a full-time writer.

Writing Career

Publishing his first book in 1928, Ernest Elmore would release his debut title ‘The Steel Grubs’ which would be a stand-alone. Later in 1935 he would go on to release his first two John Bude novels, one being ‘The Cornish Coast Murder,’ this being his only Inspector Bigswell book. The other book he’d publish was titled ‘The Lake District Murder,’ and this was the first in his long-running and much loved ‘Superintendent Meredith’ series of novels.

Producing a number of mystery novels over time, there would also be the ‘Inspector Green’ and ‘Inspector Sherwood’ series of books. These would all help establish the name of Bude, creating a vast number of well known, and equally well regarded mystery titles. With a legacy that continues to grow all the time, the books are testament to some of the best examples of the genre, and will be for years to come.

Death Makes a Prophet

Originally brought out in 1957 on the 1st of January, this would also be released through the British Library press. As one of their crime classics, it was the eleventh title in the ongoing ‘Superintended William Meredith’ series of novels, following on with a another mystery. All the mysteries and stories themselves are self-contained, so they don’t really need to be read in order, although some arcs are brought over.

Taking place during the 1940s in Welworth Garden City, it’s a town inhabiting many progressive and forward thinking folk, from socialists, to vegetarians, to alternative religious groups. Heading one of the more eccentric factions is Eustace K. Mildmann, as he’s the High Prophet of the ‘Children of Osiris.’ Within the cult there’s many secrets hiding just underneath the surface, and eventually one of them leads to murder. Stepping onto the scene Inspector Meredith must untangle the many lies and petty jealousies if he ever hopes to get to the bottom of it all.

There’s plenty of humor here, with numerous turns of phrase that really bring the story and the world to life. With a fun and engaging mystery at the heart of it too, it really works on several different levels, making the most of its premise and its characters. Keeping the reader constantly guessing throughout, there’s a lot here, as it’s definitely a compelling story that stays with the reader long after they’ve finished.

The Cornish Coast Murder

Published through ‘The British Library’ imprint once again, this would be the one and only book featuring Inspector Bigswell. It would also be one of the first novels brought out under the name of John Bude, initially coming out back in 1935. Another mystery, it would also be a stand-alone story, as the narrative is entirely self-contained, making this easy to pick up, but difficult to put down.

Set in the otherwise quiet Cornish village of Boscawen, the Reverend Dodd spends most of his free time sat by the fire reading detective stories. Then one day a real-life mystery turns up, as the local magistrate Julius Tregarthan, known for his ill-temper and secretive ways, is found shot in the head. Not only that, but there’s absolutely no clues whatsoever, as police inspector Bigswell turns up on the scene, with Dodd there to help him solve the case. Moving around the village, the two of them aim to put their skills to the test, finding what really happened to Julius in the Cornish Coast murder.

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