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  1. Richardson’s First Case: An Inspector Richardson Mystery
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  2. Richardson’s First Case: An Inspector Richardson Mystery

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The D.D.I. recognized him and smiled. “That was a great case you brought us. You’ll be interested to hear that it is a case of mur-r-der!”

For eight years Basil Thomson headed the famous C.I.D., New Scotland Yard. He knew the Yard inside out. Now in this tale of mystery and detection we are taken behind the scenes. We are shown the greatest detection machine in the world in motion, and see how the Yard tracked down its man.

Stand, then, with young P.C. Richardson on the misty corner of Baker Street, while the traffic of the city swings by, and fate lays at his feet the beginning of his career. Out of the fog brakes shriek, a big car jolts to a stop, and from beneath the wheels the crowd disentangles a bundle of old clothes, within which is a man quite dead; a man who had said to someone, “Very well, then; I’ll call a policeman”—and was killed. Work with him to the ingenious solution, when he takes from his pocket the clue holding the fate of a human life.

Richardson’s First Case was originally published in 1933. This new edition, the first in over seventy years, features an introduction by crime novelist Martin Edwards, author of acclaimed genre history The Golden Age of Murder.

“The story is a good one, with enough mystery in it to keep the reader wondering.” Daily Telegraph

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Basil Thomson
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Dean Street Press
Dean Street Press
Dean Street Press
Dean Street Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I am so glad they are reprinting some of these older mysteries. I like a mystery that is a puzzle and focused on the problem and not the angst ridden, dysfunctional lives of the detectives. These older ones are almost a myth of bringing order out of chaos. Not the message that it is all chaos.

The author was an interesting person in his own right with excellent credentials for knowing police procedure. There is a biographical introduction that is repeated in each of the eight books. The writing is excellent, by which I mean that it disappears.

I am reading number three and my husband has just ordered all the rest. We are both really enjoying them. If you like mysteries and read to relax, you might like these. If you like to read to be shocked and thrilled, I would give these a miss.
I find this series fascinating. They are very readable and, if they are not quite possessed of Agatha Christie's brilliant plots or Dorothy Sayers depth of characterization, they are superior to the vast majority of Kindle offerings.
Richardson is a likeable, more or less believable protagonist. He has no life outside his work. We do not even see a love of tisane or of incunabula and Bach. Instead we are offered an accurate insiders view Scotland Yard in the 1930s.
It is this historical dimension that I have particularly enjoyed. This is probably the (or at least an) archetypal police procedural in the English language.
I chose this book because of its historical interest as one of the early detective-police procedural mysteries written. I wanted to see if I thought it had influenced future writers. Some structure seemed dated, but the story was easy to read, the characters seemed real, and solving the mystery proceeded smoothly. I think I will read this author's second Inspector Richardson mystery.

The biographical information on the author is interesting and his life is worth investigating.
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