Joseph Jefferson Farjeon was an English crime and mystery novelist who is best known for his Detective Ben series of books. He was also the creator of the Detective X. Crook character that appeared in Flynn’s Weekly Detective Fiction.

Farjeon was known for his crime novels of which Dorothy L. Sayers said that he was “unsurpassed in creepy skill”. One of his better known works was the play, No. 17 which was made into film including one by Alfred Hitchcock. All of the Ben the Tramp books have been reissued by HarperCollins over recent years and enjoyed new life.

Publication Order of Ben The Tramp Books

No. 17 (1926)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murderer’s Trail / Phantom Fingers (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ben on the Job (1932)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Ben Sees It Through (1932)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little God Ben (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Detective Ben (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Number Nineteen (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

The Confusing Friendship (1924)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Master Criminal (1924)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Uninvited Guests (1925)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Crooks' Shadow (1925)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Little Things That Happen (1925)
At the Green Dragon / The Green Dragon (1926)
The House of Disappearance (1928)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
More Little Happenings (1928)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Shadows by the Sea (1928)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery Underground / Underground (1928)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Appointed Date (1929)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Person Called Z (1929)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 5:18 Mystery (1929)
Following Footsteps (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery on the Moor (1930)
The Z Murders (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House Opposite (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trunk Call / The Trunk Call Mystery (1932)
Old Man Mystery (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Fancy Dress / Fancy Dress Ball (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery of the Creek / The House on the Marsh (1933)
Sinister Inn (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Mystery of Dead Man's Heath / Dead Man's Heath (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Holiday Express (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Golden Singer (1935)
His Lady Secretary (1935)
Mountain Mystery (1935)
The Adventure of Edward (1936)
Dangerous Beauty (1936)
Mystery in White (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Holiday at Half Mast (1937)
Yellow Devil (1937)
The Compleat Smuggler (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Dark Lady (1938)
End of An Author / Death in the Inkwell (1938)
Thirteen Guests (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Dead (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Exit John Horton / Friday the 13th (1939)
Aunt Sunday Takes Command / Aunt Sunday Sees It Through (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Room Number Six (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Interrupted Honeymoon (As:Anthony Swift) (1941)
The Third Victim (1941)
The Judge Sums Up (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House of Shadows (1943)
Murder at a Police Station (As:Anthony Swift) (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Greenmask (1944)
November the Ninth at Kersea (As:Anthony Swift) (1944)
Black Castle (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rona Runs Away (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Peril in the Pyrenees (1946)
The Oval Table (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Back to Victoria (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Works of Smith Minor (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Adventure at Eighty (1948)
Benelogues (1948)
Death of a World (1948)
Prelude to Crime (1948)
The Llewellyn Jewel Mystery (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Disappearances of Uncle David (1949)
The Impossible Guest (1949)
The Lone House Mystery (1949)
The Shadow of Thirteen (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Cause Unknown (1950)
Change with Me (1950)
Mother Goes Gay (1950)
Adventure for Nine (1951)
The House Over the Tunnel (1951)
Mystery on Wheels (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Money Walks (1953)
The Mystery of the Map (1953)
The Double Crime (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Castle of Fear (1954)
Bob Hits the Headlines (1954)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Caravan Adventure (1955)

Publication Order of British Library Crime Classics Books

The Notting Hill Mystery (By: Charles Warren Adams) (1862)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Female Detective (By: Andrew Forrester) (1864)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Poisoned Chocolates Case (By: Anthony Berkeley) (1929)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
It Walks by Night (By: John Carr) (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Secret of High Eldersham (By: Miles Burton) (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Castle Skull (By: John Carr) (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery in the Channel (By: Freeman Crofts) (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Incredible Crime (By: Lois Austen-Leigh) (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder of a Lady (By: Anthony Wynne) (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lost Gallows (By: John Carr) (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Z Murders (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Corpse in the Waxworks (By: John Carr) (1932)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Division Bell Mystery (By: Ellen Wilkinson) (1932)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Portrait of a Murderer (By: Anne Meredith) (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Fancy Dress (By: Anthony Gilbert) (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Family Matters (By: Anthony Rolls) (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Hog's Back Mystery (By: Freeman Crofts) (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Weekend at Thrackley (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Murder of My Aunt (By: Richard Hull) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Quick Curtain (By: Alan Melville) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder Underground (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Scarweather (By: Anthony Rolls) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of an Airman (By: Christopher St. John Sprigg) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spy Paramount (By: E. Phillips Oppenheim) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The 12.30 from Croydon (By: Freeman Crofts) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Chianti Flask (By: Marie Belloc Lowndes) (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Lake District Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Cherwell (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cornish Coast Murder (By: John Bude) (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of Anton (By: Alan Melville) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in the Tunnel (By: Miles Burton) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Traitor (By: Sydney Horler) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Santa Klaus Murder (By: Mavis Doriel Hay) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Sussex Downs Murder (By: John Bude) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in Piccadilly (By: Charles Kingston) (1936)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery in White (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bats in the Belfry (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Cheltenham Square Murder (By: John Bude) (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Excellent Intentions (By: Richard Hull) (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Museum (By: John Rowland) (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Antidote to Venom (By: Freeman Crofts) (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thirteen Guests (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Port of London Murders (By: Josephine Bell) (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Arsenal Stadium Mystery (By: Leonard R. Gribble) (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Dead (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Verdict of Twelve (By: Raymond Postgate) (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Scream in Soho (By: John G. Brandon) (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Busybody (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dead Shall be Raised & Murder of a Quack (By: George Bellairs) (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Somebody at the Door (By: Raymond Postgate) (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder's a Swine: A Second World War Mystery (By: Nap Lombard) (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Checkmate to Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fell Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder by Matchlight (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Trouble on the Thames (By: Victor Bridges) (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fire in the Thatch (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1946)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Makes a Prophet (By: John Bude) (1947)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Smallbone Deceased (By: Michael Gilbert) (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Calamity in Kent (By: John Rowland) (1950)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death Has Deep Roots (By: Michael Gilbert) (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Danger Within / Death in Captivity (By: Michael Gilbert) (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder in the Mill-Race (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crossed Skis (By: Carol Carnac) (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death on the Riviera (By: John Bude) (1952)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Colour Of Murder (By: Julian Symons) (1957)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Christmas Egg (By: Mary Kelly) (1958)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Progress of a Crime (By: Julian Symons) (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Sergeant Cluff Stands Firm (By: Gil North) (1960)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Methods of Sergeant Cluff (By: Gil North) (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Spoilt Kill (By: Mary Kelly) (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Body in the Dumb River (By: George Bellairs) (1961)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Due to a Death (By: Mary Kelly) (1963)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Surfeit of Suspects (By: George Bellairs) (1964)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Belting Inheritance (By: Julian Symons) (1965)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Last Best Friend (By: George Sims) (1967)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The End of the Web (By: George Sims) (1976)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Capital Crimes: London Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Resorting to Murder (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Silent Nights (By: Martin Edwards) (2015)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at the Manor (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Serpents in Eden (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Crimson Snow (By: Martin Edwards) (2016)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Foreign Bodies (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Long Arm of the Law (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Miraculous Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Continental Crimes (By: Martin Edwards) (2017)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood on the Tracks (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories (By: Martin Edwards) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Golden Age of Detection Puzzle Book (By: Kate Jackson) (2018)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Deep Waters: Murder on the Waves (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Measure of Malice (By: Martin Edwards) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Pocket Detective 2: 100+ More Puzzles, Brainteasers and Conundrums (By: Kate Jackson) (2019)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Settling Scores: Sporting Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Surprise for Christmas and Other Seasonal Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2020)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Two-Way Murder (By: E.C.R. Lorac) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Guilty Creatures: A Menagerie of Mysteries (By: Martin Edwards) (2021)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

If You Like Joseph Jefferson Farjeon Books, You’ll Love…

No. 17 is the first book in the Ben the Tramp series. The book introduces us to Ben as a lovable, humorous ex-sailor who can’t seem to keep himself out of trouble. Ben has returned from the Merchant Navy and is now broke in London. He takes shelter at an abandoned old house when he comes across a dead body. After running into Detective Gilbert Fordyce, he is convinced to help investigate the mystery of the corpse. Things get weird when the corpse itself disappears. Ben finds himself among a gang of villains at the abandoned No. 17 with no way of escape.

Another popular book by Farjeon is Thirteen Guests. The story begins with Lord Aveling hosting a hunting party at his country home. There are many guests of affluence, but the thirteenth guest is John Foss who was injured at the train station and brought here to recuperate. Things get interesting when death strikes at the house and the police are called in. Detective Inspector Kendall is brought in to figure out what is going on and his detective skills will be put to the test as he tries to uncover the pasts of this unique cast of characters.

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