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Anthony Berkeley Cox (July 5, 1893 – March 9, 1971) was an English crime writer. He wrote under several pen-names, including Francis Iles, Anthony Berkeley and A. Monmouth Platts.



Berkeley was born in Watford, England, and educated at Sherborne School and University College London. After serving in the Army in World War I, he worked as a journalist for many years, contributing to such magazines as Punch[1] and The Humorist. In 1938 he took up book reviewing for John O'London's Weekly and the Daily Telegraph, writing under his pen name Francis Illes. He also wrote for the Sunday Times in the 1940s, and for the Manchester Guardian, later The Guardian, from the mid-1950s until 1970.

Novels and stories

Published as by Anthony Berkeley

Novels about Roger Sherringham

  • The Layton Court Mystery (1925)
  • The Wychford Poisoning Case (1926)
  • Roger Sheringham and the Vane Mystery [US title: The Mystery at Lovers' Cave] (1927)
  • The Silk Stocking Murders (1928)
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)
  • The Second Shot (1930)
  • Top Storey Murder (1931)
  • Murder in the Basement (1932)
  • Jumping Jenny [US title: Dead Mrs. Stratton] (1933)
  • Panic Party [US title: Mr Pidgeon's Island] (1934)
  • The Roger Sheringham Stories (1994)
  • The Avenging Chance and Other Mysteries from Roger Sheringham's Casebook (2004)

Other novels

  • Professor On Paws (1926)
  • Mr Priestley's Problem [US title: The Amateur Crime] (1927)
  • The Piccadilly Murder (1929)
  • Not to Be Taken [US title: A Puzzle in Poison] (1937)
  • Trial and Error (1937)
  • Death in the House (1939)
  • The Scoop and Behind the Screen (1983) (Originally published in The Listener (1931) and (1930), both written by members of the Detection Club)

Short stories

  • Mr Simpson Goes to the Dogs (1934)
  • The Policeman Only Taps Once (1936)
  • Publicity Heroine (1936)

Published as by Francis Iles


Short stories

  • Outside the Law (1934)
  • Dark Journey (1935)
  • It Takes Two to Make a Hero (1943)

Novel published as by A. Monmouth Platts

  • Cicely Disappears (1927)


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