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Joseph Jefferson Farjeon Books In Order

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Publication Order of Ben The Tramp Books

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

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Confusing Friendship (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Master Criminal (1924)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Uninvited Guests (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Crooks' Shadow (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Little Things That Happen (1925)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
At the Green Dragon / The Green Dragon (1926)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of Disappearance (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
More Little Happenings (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Shadows by the Sea (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery Underground / Underground (1928)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Appointed Date (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Person Called Z (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The 5:18 Mystery (1929)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Following Footsteps (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery on the Moor (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Z Murders (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House Opposite (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Trunk Call / The Trunk Call Mystery (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Old Man Mystery (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in Fancy Dress / Fancy Dress Ball (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Creek / The House on the Marsh (1933)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Sinister Inn (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of Dead Man's Heath / Dead Man's Heath (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Holiday Express (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Golden Singer (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
His Lady Secretary (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mountain Mystery (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventure of Edward (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dangerous Beauty (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Holiday at Half Mast (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Yellow Devil (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Compleat Smuggler (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Dark Lady (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
End of An Author / Death in the Inkwell (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Seven Dead (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Exit John Horton / Friday the 13th (1939)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Aunt Sunday Takes Command / Aunt Sunday Sees It Through (1940)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Room Number Six (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Interrupted Honeymoon (As:Anthony Swift) (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Third Victim (1941)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Judge Sums Up (1942)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House of Shadows (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder at a Police Station (As:Anthony Swift) (1943)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Greenmask (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
November the Ninth at Kersea (As:Anthony Swift) (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Black Castle (1944)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Rona Runs Away (1945)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Peril in the Pyrenees (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Oval Table (1946)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Back to Victoria (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Works of Smith Minor (1947)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Adventure at Eighty (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Benelogues (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death of a World (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Prelude to Crime (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Llewellyn Jewel Mystery (1948)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Disappearances of Uncle David (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Impossible Guest (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lone House Mystery (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Shadow of Thirteen (1949)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Cause Unknown (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Change with Me (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mother Goes Gay (1950)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Adventure for Nine (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The House Over the Tunnel (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery on Wheels (1951)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Money Walks (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Mystery of the Map (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Double Crime (1953)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle of Fear (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bob Hits the Headlines (1954)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Caravan Adventure (1955)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 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 / The Mystery of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Castle Skull (By: John Dickson Carr) (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 (1931)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Corpse in the Waxworks / The Waxworks Murder (By: John Dickson Carr) (1932)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)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
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)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 Crofts) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)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 (By: John Bude) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Death in the Tunnel / Dark in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Mystery in White (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (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 Crofts) (1938)Hardcover  Paperback  Kindle
Thirteen Guests (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 (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 (By: John Bude) (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 (By: John Bude) (1952)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
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,Richard Marsh) (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

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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