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 (1925)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
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 1929 (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
Following Footsteps (1930)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Z Murders (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The House Opposite (1931)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Old Man Mystery (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death in Fancy Dress (1933)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
... Sinister inn (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The mystery of Dead man's heath, (1934)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Holiday Express (1935)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery in White (1937)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Compleat Smuggler (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Thirteen Guests (1938)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Seven Dead (1939)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Aunt Sunday Takes Command (1940)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Room Number Six (1941)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The judge sums up (1942)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder at a police station, (1943)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Castle (1944)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rona Runs Away (1945)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
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 Llewellyn Jewel Mystery (1948)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Shadow of Thirteen (1949)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Mystery on Wheels (1951)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The double crime (1953)Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Bob hits the headlines (1954)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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