Douglas Newton was a prolific writer of crime, mystery and adventure fiction in the years from 1910-1940 and is probably best remembered today for his stories about Savaran, a soldier-of-fortune who carved a kingdom out for himself in deepest Africa. But he wrote so much more and his stories about Paul Toft, which ran over several years in Pearson’s Magazine in the 1930s, were among his own favourite and very popular with the magazine’s readers. Unaccountably they were never collected in book form so their publication here constitutes a first edition. Toft is a police detective who has intuitive feelings about each case to the extent that he is nicknamed "Ifill" by his colleagues because upon inspecting every case his first words are "I feel . . ." His feelings even cause him to suspect a crime when no one realizes one has been committed. His cases include a number of impossible crimes and a near perfect murder.
Table of Contents
Forgotten Douglas Newton An Introduction by Mike Ashley
The Strange Case of the Locked Chest
The Riddle of the Red-Haired Hebrew
The Railway Carriage Crime
The Case of the Burnt-Out Car
The Problem of the Scented Ticket
The Mystery of the Tattered Man
The Mystery of the Firework Man
Fire Bugs About!
Who Killed Tom Boker?
The Whispering Death
The Clue of the Seagulls
The Bad Eggs
A Feeling that Failed
An Episode in the Snow
Contrary To The Evidence
Of Six Suspects
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