Anthony Boucher

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Born: 21 August 1911, Oakland, California

Died: 29 April 1968, Oakland, California


Overview

Detective writer, science fiction writer, and influential critic in both.  Boucher’s detective stories – whether featuring red-headed Irish private detective Fergus O’Breen or Sister Ursula, nun turned sleuth – are lively, clever fair play puzzle plots in the tradition of John Dickson Carr and Ellery Queen, with impossible crimes and multiple solutions.


Works

  1. The Case of the Seven of Calvary (1937)
  2. The Case of the Crumpled Knave (1939)
  3. The Case of the Baker Street Irregulars (1940; Fergus O’Breen; also published as Blood on Baker Street)
  4. Nine Times Nine (1940; Sister Ursula; published under the pseudonym of H. H. Holmes)
  5. The Case of the Solid Key (1941; Fergus O’Breen)
  6. The Case of the Seven Sneezes (1942; Fergus O’Breen)
  7. Rocket to the Morgue (1942; Sister Ursula; published under the pseudonym of H. H. Holmes)
  8. The Marble Forest (1951; published under the pseudonym of Theo Durrant; published in the UK as The Big Fear)
  9. Far and Away (1955; short stories)
  10. The Compleat Werewolf (1969; short stories)
  11. Exeunt Murderers (1983; short stories)
  12. The Compleat Boucher (1999; short stories)