|About the Book|
Anthony Gilbert was the pen name of Lucy Beatrice Malleson, an English crime writer. She also wrote non-genre fiction as Anne Meredith, under which name she also published one crime novel. She also wrote an autobiography under the Meredith name, Three-a-Penny (1940).Her parents wanted her to be a schoolteacher but she was determined to become a writer. Her first mystery novel followed a visit to the theatre when she saw The Cat and the Canary and Tragedy at Freyne, featuring Scott Egerton who later appeared in 10 novels, was published in 1927.She went on to publish 69 crime novels, 51 of which featured her best known character, Arthur Crook.Crook is a vulgar London lawyer totally (and deliberately) unlike the aristocratic detectives who dominated the mystery field when Gilbert introduced him, such as Lord Peter Wimsey.Instead of dispassionately analyzing a case, he usually enters it after seemingly damning evidence has built up against his client, then conducts a no-holds-barred investigation of doubtful ethicality to clear him or her.The first Crook novel, Murder by Experts, was published in 1936 and was immediately popular. The last Crook novel, A Nice Little Killing, was published in 1974.Her novel The Woman in Red, not featuring Crook, was filmed in 1945 under the title My Name is Julia Ross.