The Eye Of Osiris

The Eye Of Osiris John Bellingham is a world renowned archaeologist who goes missing mysteriously after returning from a voyage to Egypt where fabulous treasures have been uncovered Bellingham seems to have disappeared

  • Title: The Eye Of Osiris
  • Author: R. Austin Freeman
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  • John Bellingham is a world renowned archaeologist who goes missing mysteriously after returning from a voyage to Egypt where fabulous treasures have been uncovered Bellingham seems to have disappeared leaving clues, which lead all those hunting down blind alleys But when the piercing perception of the brilliant Dr Thorndyke is brought to bear on the mystery, the search bJohn Bellingham is a world renowned archaeologist who goes missing mysteriously after returning from a voyage to Egypt where fabulous treasures have been uncovered Bellingham seems to have disappeared leaving clues, which lead all those hunting down blind alleys But when the piercing perception of the brilliant Dr Thorndyke is brought to bear on the mystery, the search begins for a man tattooed with the Eye of Osiris in this strange, tantalisingly enigmatic tale.R Austin Freeman is the doyen of the scientific division of detective writing, is best known for his character Dr John Thorndyke A close and careful investigator and the outstanding medical authority in the field of detective fiction, R Austin Freeman not only tested the wits of the reader but also inspired many modern detective forensic methods Much of his long life was spent as a physician and surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital, London He also held posts in West Africa and later was a medical officer at Holloway Prison The most famous of the Edwardian detective writers, he rescued the detective story from thrillerdom and made it acceptable to a discerning class of reader.

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    1. R. Austin Freeman

      Richard Freeman was born in Soho, London on 11 April 1862 and was the son of Ann Maria nee Dunn and Richard Freeman, a tailor He was originally named Richard and later added the Austin to his name.He became a medical trainee at Middlesex Hospital Medical College and was accepted as a member of the Royal College of Surgeons.He married Annie Elizabeth Edwards in 1887 and they had two sons and after a few weeks of married life the couple found themselves in Accra on the Gold Coast where he was assistant surgeon His time in Africa produced plenty of hard work, very little money and ill health, so much so that after seven years he was invalided out of the service in 1891 He wrote his first book, Travels and Life in Ashanti and Jaman , which was published in 1898 It was critically acclaimed but made very little money.On his return to England he set up an eye ear nose throat pactice but in due course his health forced him to give up medicine although he did have occasional temporary posts and in World War I he was in the ambulance corps.He became a writer of detective stories, mostly featuring the medico legal forensic investigator Dr Thorndyke The first of the books in the series was The Red Thumb Mark 1907 His first published crime novel was The Adventures of Romney Pringle 1902 and was a collaborative effort published under the pseudonym Clifford Ashdown Within a few years he was devoting his time to full time writing.With the publication of The Singing Bone 1912 hee invented the inverted detective story a crime fiction in which the commission of the crime is described at the beginning, usually including the identity of the perpetrator, with the story then describing the detective s attempt to solve the mystery Thereafter he used some of his early experiences as a colonial surgeon in his novels.A large proportion of the Dr Thorndyke stories involve genuine, but often quite arcane, points of scientific knowledge, from areas such as tropical medicine, metallurgy and toxicology.He died in Gravesend on 28 September 1943.

    395 thoughts on “The Eye Of Osiris”

    1. “Horrible discovery in a watercress-bed!”One November day in 1902, John Bellingham disappears from the study of a friend's house where he had been waiting for his friend to return home. Two years later, there has still been no sign of him and his potential heirs are left in limbo, unable to execute his rather strange will. And then pieces of a dismembered skeleton begin to show up in odd places. Meantime, young Dr Paul Berkeley, our narrator, has fallen in love with Ruth Bellingham, the miss [...]


    2. 2nd in Freeman's Dr. Thorndyke series, this one's a real puzzler! For those of you who enjoy the classics (and I do mean classics) this one is quite good and really sucks you in from the start. This book has not received favorable reviews by armchair detective purists, but I thought it was great.The story starts as Dr. Jervis (Thorndyke's sidekick), who is filling in for a vacationing physician, gets word that there is a man who needs his attention. A carriage is waiting to take Jervis; it is cl [...]


    3. Sometimes one is disappointed when reading a “classic” wondering just what it was that made others rate a book so highly. That has happened to this reviewer often enough to make approaching “must-reads” and “classics” filled with trepidation. In this case, however, the reasons why so many have included this book on their lists of “great mysteries” are obvious. This is a delightfully written, nicely-placed and eminently fair example of detective fiction. Freeman makes the interest [...]


    4. The Eye of Osiris (1911) by R. Austin Freeman is the tantalizing tale of a missing world-renowned archaeologist. John Bellingham returned from a trip to Egypt only to immediately disappear from his cousin's home. Or did he? When the story appears in the newspaper, Dr. Thorndyke, the medical/legal detecting wizard, points out to his medical jurisprudence students that, should the question of proving Bellingham's death ever arise, much will depend on when officials can fix the last moment he was a [...]


    5. A wonderful mystery with just the right spookiness to hold your attention right through. The suspense builds and builds right to the end and the conclusion perfect. What could be better than a mystery all tied up with archaeologists?


    6. Tôi chỉ thấy nó hay ở hai chương cuối cùng. May là nó còn hay đấy nhé. :))Đầu tiên là khen đã: Trinh thám cổ điển - trinh thám pháp y. Chủ đề mới, đọc rất lạ, khá thú vị. Thêm nữa là mớ kiến thức tác giả nhồi vào cuốn này hơi không dễ đọc cho lắm. Thật ra thì em cũng đọc và biết thế, chứ có phải chuyên ngành đâu mà phán đúng - sai. Thêm nữa là phần suy luận ở 2 chương cuối, qu [...]


    7. The Eye of Osiris, published in 1911, was the second of R. Austin Freeman’s many Dr Thorndyke mystery novels. And a very good mystery it is too.R. Austin Freeman (1862-1943) is unfortunately little know today except to devotees of vintage crime but this English writer was one of the masters of the detective story and Dr Thorndyke was his greatest creation. Freeman was a qualified doctor and he made considerable and effective use of his medical knowledge in his fiction.Thorndyke is the scientif [...]


    8. Điểm 8/10Tiểu thuyết trinh thám cổ điển đáng đọcMạch truyện hơi chậm rãi nhưng không tạo cảm giác chán cho người đọc. Người tham gia điều tra là một bác sĩ pháp y với sự cộng tác của hai người khác cũng là bác sĩ. Nội dung xoay quanh bản di chúc của một nhà khảo cổ học đã mất tích. Vụ án đã xảy ra được 2 năm nhưng gần như bị lãng quên vì không có chuyển biến. Xen giữa cuộc đi [...]


    9. Even though I figured out the solution before the end of this 3rd book in the Thorndyke series, I enjoyed seeing how Thorndyke managed to prove it & to learn his reasoning. I look forward to reading more of this series!


    10. This book contains less science-talk than the first Thorndyke-novel. The Red Thumb Mark had so many pages dedicated to explanations of the scienctific background of the case that even I almost got slightly bored. The Eye of Osiris still has enough to deserve the description "it's like Sherlock Holmes but with real science" but not so much that people who don't geek out about forensics as much as I do are in danger of getting bored.Though sadly, by not focussing on the forensic aspects as much it [...]


    11. A slightly more difficult to solve mystery then previous Thorndyke novels, this one ultimately suffered from the heavy-handedness of the romantic sub-plot, and, to a lesser degree, the switching of narrators. Thorndyke himself plays a relatively minor role; he is instrumental to the solving of the crime but becomes too much of a background player. Especially as our new first person narrator, Dr Berkley, is not an interesting enough character, and it made for a feeling of being further removed fr [...]


    12. Loved it. Wish I had read it when I first bought it over 30 years ago. (Why did I wait so long?) Yes, the language, especially in dialogs, was a bit formal and stilted to a modern ear. Yes, the gender attitudes were old-fashioned. (What else would I expect in a book written in the 1911?) But the storyline was interesting, the author made me care about the characters, and the background information on Egyptian mummies and the beginnings of the profession of forensic pathology were all fascinating [...]


    13. London, late 1890's, early 1900's, science, murder mystery, Egyptian antiquities, Dr. John Thorndyke (no Holmesian addictions) as a professor of medicine and 'pathological sleuth'. What's not to like? And a little to learn about murder, the problem of survivorship, a bit of a love story, too. Well-written, quite good!


    14. A little tiresome in its evocation of the I-f**king-love-science tropes of a bygone age—let's sit around with our pipes contemplating our own enlightenment—but a fun, early piece of golden age mystery for anyone trying to space out their remaining Christies.


    15. I liked this one better than the first. Quite nice to listen to (free audiobook on librivox). As the first, the technical details, which I imagine were quite innovative and exciting at the time, drag a little but still a great read/listen.


    16. Okay I liked this one, mystery wise much better. Once again great characters and entertaining story. However, the romantic subplot although sweet, has the same feel to it as previous books. Still, Dr. Thorndyke will keep you guessing and entertained.




    17. This is author R. Austin Freeman's third Thorndyke book, published in 1911. The Vanishing Man is the US title; in the UK it's known as The Eye of Osiris. Available here (Vanishing Man) and here (Eye) at Gutenberg.When you have the disappearance of someone early in a book you somehow know that later in the book there will have to be a reappearance in some form or another. That means that there's not going to be a mystery of the sort where the reader's going to be working every minute to try and s [...]


    18. Once again Dr Thorndyke finds himself intrigued by a big conundrum of a mystery, accompanied by Polton, his trusty butler-cum-lab-assistant and his colleague Jervis.An Egyptologist, John Bellingham, has vanished, seemingly into thin air leaving a will so badly constructed that, should he be proven to be dead, his principal beneficiaries will end up in penury. Two years later various bits of a male skeleton start turning up in the streams and watercress-beds of Woodford and Eltham, rousing the in [...]


    19. Nội dung truyện xoay quanh bản di chúc kì lạ của John "bị mất tích". Tuy nhiên sau hơn 2 năm "mất tích", giữa 2 người thừa kế chính thức theo bản di chúc là Godfrey (em trai) và Hurst (em họ) xảy ra mâu thuẫn lớn để giành lấy bản di chúc đó. Đồng thời gian đó, người ta bắt đầu tìm thấy những phần xương riêng lẻ của (có vẻ) một người. Các phần của xác chết dường như được chủ đích t [...]


    20. Đấy đấy, trinh thám cổ điển là phải thế. Phải có một bí ẩn không lời giải, manh mối rải khắp truyện và điểm nhấn cuối cùng là ở lý giải hung thủ, chăt chẽ, logic, không một chi tiết thừa. Lâi lắm rồi mới thống khoái như vậy khi đọc trinh thám (hay do mình khó tính quá? idk). điểm trừ là mạch truyện hơi chậm, lại pha thêm tí tình cảm (FA méo thích điều này), và sách của mình bị b [...]


    21. A decent enough Edwardian detective story, with interesting period detail, pleasantly convoluted sentences and dashes of bone-dry wit. But ultimately the thin plot is stretched out beyond its natural breaking point and the legalistic exposition at the end is exceptionally dull. So in spite of providing me with a good deal of entertainment, the novel leaves me feeling a bit let down.


    22. Too wordy for me.Not very entertaining.Predictable at times.I was not drawn by the main characters, I was not curious what happens next, i just want to finish it and move on.I am not very eager to read his other boooks.


    23. Quite a good one, easy to read and not too many long instructional passages which was good! Nice story and well told.


    24. Good read, though not among favorites. Plot and themes too sordid for my taste. Excellent language use, and beautiful descriptions. Also has an exotic appeal due to its Egyptology theme.



    25. Quando tutto dipende dalle aspettative anche nella lettura di un giallo.Prima di leggere questo libro, avevo avuto un parere tiepido da un 'collega' appassionato giallista classico. Però, conoscendo le differenti sfumature nel nostro modo di leggere un giallo, mi sono fidata del mio istinto e m'è andata bene.Sinceramente a me questo titolo di Freeman è piaciuto molto. Lo sfondo 'egizio' (l'egittologia mi affascina molto), le affascinanti descrizioni di scorci di Londra che ormai non esistono [...]


    26. While in college, my friend, Carrie, suggested I read "The Alienist," by Caleb Carr. I very much enjoyed Carr's book and it was an introduction to "historical fiction," for me. The characters were people I'd want to have known. They were just so interesting. Another thing that I found about Carr's book is that I enjoyed the style he wrote in. He matched the style to the time of the book and the genre became one of my favorites."The Vanishing Man," was written by R. Austin Freeman who also wrote [...]


    27. This is a classic old mystery! John Bellingham disappears after a trip to Egypt. It is discussed by Dr. Thorndyke and his medical students, and nothing comes of it. About 2 years later, Dr. Berkeley is substituting for a doctor on vacation and is called to see a Mr. Bellingham. He finds Mr. Bellingham and his daughter Ruth in very poor circumstances and slowly finds himself falling in love with Ruth. It turns out they are poor because Mr. Bellingham's brother disappeared and had a crazy will. Th [...]


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