Anthony Gilbert


(Lucy Beatrice Malleson)
UK flag (1899 - 1973)

aka J Kilmeny Keith, Anne Meredith

Prolific British mystery writer, a woman writing under a man's name, whose most famous creation is lawyer-detective Arthur G. Crook. For many years Gilbert's identity was kept secret, and most readers assumed that the author was a man. Distinctive for Gilbert's novels is skillful plotting, lively supporting characters, entertaining dialogue, and clever action without exaggerating violence. She wrote straight fiction - mostly with a Victorian flavor - under the pseudonym of Anne Meredith.
 
Series
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Mr. Crook Murder Mystery
1. Murder by Experts (1936)
2. The Man Who Wasn't There (1937)
3. Murder Has No Tongue (1937)
4. Treason in My Breast (1938)
5. The Clock in the Hatbox (1939)
6. The Bell of Death (1939)
7. Dear Dead Woman (1940)
     aka Death Takes a Redhead
8. The Vanishing Corpse (1941)
     aka She Vanished in the Dawn
9. The Woman in Red (1941)
     aka The Mystery of the Woman in Red
10. Something Nasty in the Woodshed (1942)
     aka Mystery in the Woodshed
11. The Mouse Who Wouldn't Play Ball (1943)
     aka 30 Days to Live
12. He Came by Night (1944)
     aka Death at the Door
13. The Scarlet Button (1944)
     aka Murder Is Cheap
15. The Black Stage (1945)
     aka Murder Cheats the Bride
16. Don't Open the Door (1945)
     aka Death Lifts the Latch
18. The Spinster's Secret (1946)
     aka By Hook or by Crook
19. Death in the Wrong Room (1947)
20. Die in the Dark (1947)
     aka The Missing Widow
21. Death Knocks Three Times (1949)
22. Murder Comes Home (1950)
24. Lady-Killer (1951)
25. Miss Pinnegar Disappears (1952)
     aka A Case for Mr Crook
29. And Death Came Too (1956)
30. Riddle of a Lady (1956)
32. Death Against the Clock (1958)
33. Death Takes a Wife (1959)
     aka Death Casts a Long Shadow
35. Out for the Kill (1960)
36. She Shall Die (1961)
     aka After the Verdict
37. Uncertain Death (1961)
38. No Dust in the Attic (1962)
39. Ring for a Noose (1963)
40. The Fingerprint (1964)
41. Knock, Knock! Who's There? (1964)
     aka The Voice
43. The Looking Glass Murder (1966)
46. Missing from Her Home (1969)
47. Death Wears a Mask (1970)
     aka Mr.Crook Lifts the Mask
49. Tenant for the Tomb (1971)
50. A Nice Little Killing (1974)
The Case of the Tea-Cosy's Aunt (1942)
     aka Death in the Blackout
A Spy for Mr Crook (1944)
Lift Up the Lid (1945)
     aka The Innocent Bottle
A Nice Cup of Tea (1950)
     aka The Wrong Body
Footsteps Behind Me (1953)
     aka Black Death
Snake in the Grass (1954)
     aka Death Won't Wait
Is She Dead Too? (1955)
     aka A Question of Murder
Give Death a Name (1957)
Third Crime Lucky (1959)
     aka Prelude to Murder
Passenger to Nowhere (1965)
The Visitor (1967)
Night Encounter (1968)
     aka Murder Anonymous
Murder is a Waiting Game (1972)
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Novels
The Man Who Was London (1925) (as by J Kilmeny Keith)
The Sword of Harlequin (1927) (as by J Kilmeny Keith)
The Case Against Andrew Fane (1931)
Death in Fancy Dress (1933)
Portrait of a Murderer (1933) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Coward (1934) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Man in the Button Boots (1934)
Courtier to Death (1936)
     aka The Dover Train Mystery
The Gambler (1937) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Showman (1938) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Stranger (1939) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Adventurer (1940) (as by Anne Meredith)
There's Always Tomorrow (1941) (as by Anne Meredith)
     aka Home Is the Heart
The Family Man (1942) (as by Anne Meredith)
Curtain, Mr Greatheart (1943) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Beautiful Miss Burroughes (1945) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Rich Woman (1947) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Sisters (1948) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Draper of Edgecumbe (1950) (as by Anne Meredith)
A Fig for Virtue (1951) (as by Anne Meredith)
Call Back Yesterday (1952) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Innocent Bride (1954) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Day of the Miracle (1955) (as by Anne Meredith)
Impetuous Heart (1956) (as by Anne Meredith)
Christine (1957) (as by Anne Meredith)
A Man in the Family (1959) (as by Anne Meredith)
The Wise Child (1960) (as by Anne Meredith)
Up Goes the Donkey (1962) (as by Anne Meredith)
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Omnibus
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Non fiction
Three-A-penny (1940) (as by Anne Meredith)