The Life and Times of John Street, aka John Rhode, aka Vintage Mystery’s Master of Murder Means


I’ve started reading John Rhode’s The Claverton Affair apa The Claverton Mystery (Dr Priestley # 14), with an Introduction by Curtis Evans available here. After the publication in 1925 of The Paddington Mystery, over the next thirty-five years, Cecil John Charles Street (1884-1964) would produce primarily under two pseudonyms, John Rhode and Miles Barton, 143 mystery novels (mostly classical tales of detection), an average rate of four a year. In 1930 Street became one of the founding members of England’s Detection Club, and he remained active in the group for two decades. Most of his mystery novels are difficult to find but Mysterious Press/Open Road Media have started publishing some.

6447For my private use and with the invaluable assistance of Curtis Evans, I have compiled two lists of his best books under his John Rhode moniker, to help me navigate amongst his extensive oeuvre. I hope some of you may find it useful, and I do appreciate any suggestion of other books I might have inadvertently omitted.  Thank you in advance.

John Rhode’s Bests: The House on Tollard Ridge (1929); The Davidson Case (1929) apa Murder at Bratton Grange; The Claverton Mystery (1933) apa The Claverton Affair; The Venner Crime (1933); The Robthorne Mystery (1934); Poison for One (1934); Shot at Dawn (1934); The Corpse in the Car (1935); Death on the Board (1937) apa Death Sits on the Board;; The Bloody Tower (1938); They Watched by Night (1942); Vegetable Duck (1944); and Death on Harley Street (1946) (Source: Curtis Evans at The Passing Tramp)

2707Notable Works by Cecil John Charles Street writing as John Rhode: The Paddington Mystery (1925); Dr Priestley’s Quest (1926); The Ellerby Case (1927); The Murders in Praed Street (1928); The House on Tollard Ridge (1929); The Davidson Case (1929) apa Murder at Bratton Grange; Peril at Cranbury Hall (1930); Pinehurst (1930) apa Dr. Priestley Investigates; The Hanging Woman (1931); Mystery at Greycombe Farm (1932); Dead Men at the Folly (1932); The Motor Rally Mystery (1933) apa Dr. Priestley Lays a Trap; The Claverton Mystery (1933) apa The Claverton Affair; The Venner Crime (1933); The Robthorne Mystery (1934); Poison for One (1934); Shot at Dawn (1934); The Corpse in the Car (1935); Hendon’s First Case (1935); Mystery at Olympia (1935) apa Murder at the Motor Show; In Face of the Verdict (1936); Death in the Hopfields (1937) apa The Harvest Murder; Death on the Board (1937) apa Death Sits on the Board; Proceed with Caution (1937) apa Body Unidentified; Invisible Weapons (1938); The Bloody Tower (1938) apa The Tower of Evil; Death Pays a Dividend (1939); Death on Sunday (1939) apa The Elm Tree Murder; Death on the Boat Train (1940); Death at the Helm (1941); They Watched by Night (1941) apa Signal For Death; Dead on the Track (1943); Men Die at Cyprus Lodge (1943); Vegetable Duck (1944) apa Too Many Suspects; The Lake House (1946) apa The Secret of the Lake House; Death in Harley Street (1946); The Paper Bag (1948) apa The Links in the Chain; The Telephone Call (1948) apa Shadow of an Alibi; Blackthorn House (1949); In Face of the Verdict (1936); The Two Graphs (1950) apa Double Identities; Family Affairs (1950) apa The Last Suspect; The Secret Meeting (1951); Death at the Dance (1952); Death at the Inn (1953) apa The Case of Forty Thieves; The Dovebury Murders (1954); and Licensed For Murder (1958). (Source: Mainly Curtis Evans at Masters of the “Humdrum” Mystery and others).

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