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Publication Order of Superintendent William Meredith Books

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

Publication Order of Inspector Bigswell Books

The Cornish Coast Murder (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Inspector Sherwood Books

The Night the Fog Came Down (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Twist Of The Rope (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Superintendent Green Books

Loss of a Head (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Hand on the Alibi of Detection (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
It Walks by Night (By: John Dickson Carr) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret of High Eldersham / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lost Gallows (By: John Dickson Carr) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Z Murders (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mysterious Mr. Badman (By: William Fryer Harvey) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lake District Murder (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Coast Murder (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Sussex Downs Murder (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in White (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheltenham Square Murder (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Guests (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Dead (By: J. Jefferson Farjeon) (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Makes a Prophet (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Riviera (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Man Who Didn't Fly (By: Margot Bennett) (1955)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Description / Buy at Amazon
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Description / Buy at Amazon
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Description / Buy at Amazon
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Description / Buy at Amazon
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards,Richard Marsh) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards,Fergus Hume) (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards,Palle Rosenkrantz) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Description / Buy at Amazon
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Description / Buy at Amazon
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of an Author (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Anthologies

The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories(2018)Description / Buy at Amazon

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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