The ‘other’ Sherlock Holmes? R.A. Freeman’s Dr Thorndyke

Dr. Richard Austin Freeman (1862 – 1943) was a British writer of detective stories, very much in the style of Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.  Library member Martin Crosfill has written a fascinating insight into the author and his character,  Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke.


Dr Thorndyke: The First Professional Forensic Pathologist in Fiction?

On the Cornish fiction shelves is a book entitled “The Shadow of the Wolf ”.  It is of interest partly because the action is centered around Penzance and the Bishop Rock Lighthouse, partly also because it is the first ‘inverted’ detection story. The identity of the murderer is revealed early on and the meat of the tale is concerned with the process of detection. Here is a short outline of the author’s life and work. The argument that the laurel belongs to Sherlock Holmes will be welcomed and challenged.

Click here to read Martin’s blog….




Apologies – Library closed today due to high winds!

Friday, 8th February 2019

We’re sorry to say that the library will be closed today. Due to high winds, the Council have closed the gardens, so access to the library will not be possible. If the weather improves dramatically over the course of the day, and the garden gates are unlocked, then we may be able to re-open, and we will send another message if this is possible. Otherwise, full service should resume tomorrow, Saturday.

With many apologies for the inconvenience.
Lisa, India and Katie