George Limnelius (1886 – 1950)


George Limnelius, a reference to Limmel his mother’s maiden name, is the pseudonym that Lewis George Robinson (1886-1950) used to publish his three crime novels: The Medbury Fort Murder (1929), Tell No Tales (1931), and The Manuscript Murder (1933). He had a long and distinguished career as a medical officer in the British Army during the First World War reaching the rank of colonel when he retired due to health reasons. Robinson also penned an inverted mystery novel under his own name, The General Goes Too Far (1936), which was adapted as the motion picture The High Command (1937), directed by Thorold Dickinson and starring Lionel Atwill, Lucie Mannheim and James Mason.

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‘A memorable setting, strong characterisation and sound plotting distinguish George Limnelius’ crime-writing debut. This locked-room mystery begins quietly, with background and character sketched at some length. When Major Hugh Preece of the Royal Army Medial Corps is consulted by a subaltern called Lepean, his realisation that he has encountered the man before triggers memories of past indiscretions.’

‘Why the novel has often been overlooked by historians of the genre is itself a mystery, but its merits were long championed by the late Robert Adey, the leading expert on locked-room mysteries and impossible crime stories.’ (Martin Edwards’ The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books (British Library Crime Classics, 2017). 

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(Source: Facsimile Dust Jackets LLC. Doubleday The Crime Club (USA), 1929)

The Medbury Fort Murder, originally published in 1929 for the Crime Club, Inc. by Doubleday, Doran & Company, Garden City, New York, is a ‘golden-age’ murder mystery involving the killing of an unpopular British Army officer stationed at an out-of-the way post in England. Loathsome Lt. Lepean is found with his throat cut and his head nearly severed from his body in a locked room at the isolated Medbury Fort situated on the Thames. Lepean was not at all admired among his fellow soldiers. The arrogant, sneering soldier was a known user of women and is revealed early on to be a ruthless blackmailer. There are at least four men who had very good reason to kill Lepean, two of them were being blackmailed. Was it one of them who slew the soldier or someone else? (Source: Amazon). In this edition of The Medbury Fort Murder, the UK English spellings have been changed, in nearly all cases, to those used in the United States.

The Medbury Fort Murder has been reviewed, among others, at ‘Do You Write Under Your Own Name?’ Pretty Sinister Books, Mysteries Ahoy! and Beneath the Stains of Time.

3 thoughts on “George Limnelius (1886 – 1950)

  1. Your ongoing series of posts on authors and their works is truly amazing. I’ve already extracted a number of titles to sample. They are mostly writers I’ve never heard of, but your short biographies and brief summaries make them very enticing. Thank you!

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