The House Opposite

J. Jefferson Farjeon H.R.F. Keating


The House Opposite

The House Opposite

  • Title: The House Opposite
  • Author: J. Jefferson Farjeon H.R.F. Keating
  • ISBN: 9780008155841
  • Page: 328
  • Format: Hardcover



From the Collins Crime Club archive, the first original novel to feature Ben the Cockney tramp, the unorthodox detective character created by J Jefferson Farjeon, author of Mystery in White.Strange things are happening in the untenanted houses of Jowle Street There are unaccountable creakings and weird knockings on the door of No.29, where a homeless ex sailor has takenFrom the Collins Crime Club archive, the first original novel to feature Ben the Cockney tramp, the unorthodox detective character created by J Jefferson Farjeon, author of Mystery in White.Strange things are happening in the untenanted houses of Jowle Street There are unaccountable creakings and weird knockings on the door of No.29, where a homeless ex sailor has taken up residence But even stranger things are happening in the House Opposite, from where a beautiful woman in an evening gown brings Ben a mysterious message and worse the offer of a job Ben the passing tramp was immortalised on film by Alfred Hitchcock in Number 17 , based on a popular twenties stage play and novelisation by journalist turned author Joe Jefferson Farjeon The House Opposite 1931 was the first full length original novel to feature Ben, a reluctant down at heels Cockney sleuth, who went on to feature in six successful detective thrillers from 1931 to 1952.This Detective Story Club classic includes an introduction by H R F Keating, author of the award winning Inspector Ghote mysteries, which first appeared in the Crime Club s 1985 Disappearing Detectives series.


Recent Comments "The House Opposite"

I was so disappointed with this Crime Club selection. What annoyed me so much was that certain parts were extremely funny, to the extent that I was chuckling away (partly due to Ben, the tramp and his voracious range of cockney dialogue which I had to speak out loud to understand) but for the good part of the story I can't say I cared one way or another about what was happening, and then I also got mixed up with the various people (I.e. who was a criminal, who was double crossing who etc). I did [...]

"'Lord luvvaduck!' gasped Ben. The cheese had turned into a revolver." When I found myself desperately in need of a crime fix, the obvious choice was a Detective Story Club Classic. I chose this one because of the intriguing "tramp detective", and it did not disappoint. Well-written, engaging characterisation, and nicely constructed.

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Very exciting and intriguing. Would recommend if you enjoy the golden age of crime books. This is the first book by J. Jefferson Farjeon I have read, and I'll definitely read more.

I struggled with this a little compared with Mystery In White, however I thought it was still well written and entertaining.

Slow as molasses. Probably I'll re-read it to remember what happened, for now 2.5/2.75 stars


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