Saturday, July 05, 2008

Happy birthday, Anthony Berkeley.

Journalist Anthony Berkeley Cox, who wrote as Anthony Berkeley and Francis Iles, was born today in Watford, UK, in 1893. Cox, a founder of the Detection Club, created sleuths Ambrose Chitterwick and Roger Sheringham, and his work includes The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929), Before the Fact (1932; adapted as the Hitchcock film Suspicion), and Trial and Error (1937; adapted as the film Flight from Destiny). The Iles novel Malice Aforethought (1931), in which a downtrodden doctor plots nefarious doings, appeared on PBS's Mystery! in 2006.

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