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Joseph Jefferson Farjeon Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ben The Tramp Books

No. 17 (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murderer’s Trail / Phantom Fingers (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben on the Job (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Ben Sees It Through (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little God Ben (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Detective Ben (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Number Nineteen (1952)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Confusing Friendship (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Master Criminal (1924)Description / Buy at Amazon
Uninvited Guests (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Crooks' Shadow (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
Little Things That Happen (1925)Description / Buy at Amazon
At the Green Dragon / The Green Dragon (1926)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Disappearance (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
More Little Happenings (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadows by the Sea (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery Underground / Underground (1928)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Appointed Date (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Person Called Z (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
The 5:18 Mystery (1929)Description / Buy at Amazon
Following Footsteps (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery on the Moor (1930)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Z Murders (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House Opposite (1931)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trunk Call / The Trunk Call Mystery (1932)Description / Buy at Amazon
Old Man Mystery (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death in Fancy Dress / Fancy Dress Ball (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Creek / The House on the Marsh (1933)Description / Buy at Amazon
Sinister Inn (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of Dead Man's Heath / Dead Man's Heath (1934)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday Express (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Golden Singer (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
His Lady Secretary (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mountain Mystery (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure of Edward (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dangerous Beauty (1936)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery in White (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Holiday at Half Mast (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Yellow Devil (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Compleat Smuggler (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Lady (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
End of An Author / Death in the Inkwell (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Thirteen Guests (1938)Description / Buy at Amazon
Seven Dead (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Exit John Horton / Friday the 13th (1939)Description / Buy at Amazon
Aunt Sunday Takes Command / Aunt Sunday Sees It Through (1940)Description / Buy at Amazon
Room Number Six (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
Interrupted Honeymoon (As:Anthony Swift) (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Third Victim (1941)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judge Sums Up (1942)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House of Shadows (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Murder at a Police Station (As:Anthony Swift) (1943)Description / Buy at Amazon
Greenmask (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
November the Ninth at Kersea (As:Anthony Swift) (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Black Castle (1944)Description / Buy at Amazon
Rona Runs Away (1945)Description / Buy at Amazon
Peril in the Pyrenees (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Oval Table (1946)Description / Buy at Amazon
Back to Victoria (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Works of Smith Minor (1947)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Adventure at Eighty (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Benelogues (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death of a World (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prelude to Crime (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Llewellyn Jewel Mystery (1948)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Disappearances of Uncle David (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Impossible Guest (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Lone House Mystery (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Shadow of Thirteen (1949)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cause Unknown (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Change with Me (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mother Goes Gay (1950)Description / Buy at Amazon
Adventure for Nine (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
The House Over the Tunnel (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mystery on Wheels (1951)Description / Buy at Amazon
Money Walks (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Mystery of the Map (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Double Crime (1953)Description / Buy at Amazon
Castle of Fear (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bob Hits the Headlines (1954)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Caravan Adventure (1955)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 (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 (By: John Bude) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (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 (By: John Bude) (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 (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (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 (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 (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 (By: John Bude) (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 (By: John Bude) (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

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon is an English author of fiction. Several of his works have been adapted for movies, including No. 17, The House Opposite, The Rasp, After Dark, The Ghost Camera, and more.

Farjeon was born in London on June 4, 1883. He was the born to his mother and his father, Benjamin Leopold Farjeon. His father was a novelist that was quite well known, so he entered into the family profession. He had other siblings, Eleanor and Herbert. Eleanor would go on to be a writer of children’s books and Herbert found his place as a playwright.

Joseph’s family descended from the line of Thomas Jefferson. H e was named for his grandfather on his mother’s side. He was an American actor. Joseph received a private education. He worked for around a decade starting in 1910 for Amalgamated Press doing editorial work.

Farjeon first officially became an author with the release of The Master Criminal in 1924. It is the story of identity reversal among two brothers, one a criminal and one a detective. The book was received quite favorably and a reviewer praised his knowledge of story telling and the way that he made the plot interesting through his style.

It would be the start of Joseph’s writing career, and one that would see him writing many novels and having over eighty of them published and available for the public to read. His last book to be released would be in 1955, titled The Caravan Adventure. The author also wrote some plays. Some of them were filmed, including Number 17, which Alfred Hitchcock produced and made into a movie in 1932. He has also composed multiple short stories.

Farjeon passed away in Sussex on June 6, 1955. Many of his books fell into the genre of either mystery or detective novel. He did end up being recognized as one of the first authors to choose to intermingle the concepts of crime with romance. He was also renowned for his acute sense of humor and his sharp wit, as well as using terrifying plot lines with sinister themes freely.

Joseph Jefferson Farjeon is the creator as well as the author of the fictional series of novels Ben the Tramp. The series kicked off for the first time in 1926 with the release of the first book, No. 17, originally a play for the stage. Another book would soon come out featuring this main character titled The House Opposite. The third book is titled Phantom Fingers and would come out in 1931. It is also known by the alternate title of The Murderer’s Trail. There are several more books in the series, concluding with the novel Number Nineteen in 1952.

No. 17 is the first work in the Ben the Tramp series by author Joseph Jefferson Farjeon. Originally a play, this is the story where readers get the chance to meet this popular main character for the first time. A former sailor that is a lovable rascal, Ben usually can’t seem to keep out of trouble. It doesn’t matter where he goes, it always seems to find him in some way.

Ben has returned home, making his way back after his gig with the Merchant Navy ended. He has come back without a penny to his name, which is the usual state of affairs for him. Now he is in London, the city full of fog, looking around for someplace to live.

Without very many options, Ben has no choice but to live in an old house that has been abandoned by its previous owners. That is when he runs into a corpse in the house and gets out of there quick. He has the bad fortune to run into Gilbert Fordyce on his way out, who is a detective.

Gilbert convinces Ben to go back to the house with him and figure out what’s going on with the dead body. However, the body has disappeared, and they come back to vacant Number 17 for nothing. However, the house has actually become the meeting point for a villainous gang. Just like that, Ben is in the middle of a group of thieves and has no way to get out.

This is the first adventure for Ben that became a film thanks to Alfred Hitchcock. Farjeon himself would go on to write many more crime thrillers, eight of which directly featured the main character of Ben. Pick up this work and go see the movie too in order to fully appreciate this suspenseful thriller!

The House Opposite is the first novel by Farjeon officially to feature the character of Ben the tramp. This detective character may not have been the most likely pick to be a private eye, but the popularity of Ben would soon be seen and inspire several more books in the series.

Jowle Street has a lot of houses, and most of them do not have tenants living in them. Regardless of whether anyone is home, no one can deny that odd things are going in these houses. It’s more than just the settling of old houses. There are creaks and noises that do make sense. For instance, No. 29 has been experiencing a number of strange knocks on the door.

This is all according to the homeless former sailor that lives there, of course. Weird things are also going on in House Opposite of it. A gorgeous woman emerges in a gown to give Ben a message as well as a job offer. Can the Cockney Sleuth resist the job? You’re going to have to read this book to find out!

The Murderer’s Trail is the second official novel to feature the Cockney detective named Ben. This time he has returned to his sailor roots and has returned to sea. He’s going to Spain, and while he is a stowaway instead of a worker, it’s going to get him to where he needs to go.

He’s going there in the company of a man wanted by the law for murder. He hears the news of a man killed and runs off, slipping onto a boat. The murderer has the same idea. Will he be able to turn him in or fall short? Read this book to find out!

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