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In the suburbs of London, a remarkable detective fights for the underdog When father is away, Reggie Fortune is left in charge of his quiet country medical practice. A young doctor with a sluggish work ethic and a passion for sweets, Fortune is at his happiest when tending to an old man’s illness or curing a poor boy’s broken leg. When a call comes in alerting Fortune thatIn the suburbs of London, a remarkable detective fights for the underdog When father is away, Reggie Fortune is left in charge of his quiet country medical practice. A young doctor with a sluggish work ethic and a passion for sweets, Fortune is at his happiest when tending to an old man’s illness or curing a poor boy’s broken leg. When a call comes in alerting Fortune that the archduke has been found unconscious in the road, he hurries no more than he would for a regular patient. But as he discovers when he inspects the lord, this is a most irregular case. The archduke lives—but another man has been murdered in his name. This collection of six puzzling stories introduced the world to Reggie Fortune, a remarkable detective whose rotund frame conceals a razor-sharp mind and a fighting spirit. A true champion of the oppressed, Fortune will never let a murderer escape justice—whether his victim was royalty or the lowest of the low. Ths ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices....

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Call Mr. Fortune Reviews

  • Diane
    2018-11-24 04:42

    This is the first collection of Reggie Fortune stories. Reggie is similar to Lord Peter Wimsey and Albert Campion - a wealthy, upper class, educated amateur detective who is a lot smarter than he looks:"At Oxford, at his hospital, Reggie did what was necessary to take respectable degrees, but no more than he could help. It was remarked by his dean that he did things too easily. He always had plenty of time, and spent it here, there, and everywhere, on musical comedy and prehistoric man, golf and the newer chemistry, bargees and psychical research. There was nothing which he knew profoundly, but hardly anything of which he did not know enough to find his way about in it. Nobody, except his mother, had ever liked him too much, for he was a self-sufficient creature, but everybody liked him enough; he got on comfortably with everybody from barmaids to dons.He was of a round and cheerful countenance and a perpetual appetite. This gave him a solidity of aspect emphasized by his extreme neatness. Neither his hair nor anything else of his was ever ruffled. He was more at his ease with the world than a man has a right to be at thirty-five."There's a good deal of humor in the stories, and Reggie appears to take very little seriously. He gets annoyed at being dragged into criminal cases:"Reggie stared at it with gloomy apprehension. 'I believe the beggars get murdered just to bother me,' he was reflecting, when a jovial tea-merchant (wholesale— that club is a most respectable club) clapped him on the shoulder, and asked what the news was. 'They only do it to annoy because they know it teases,' said Reggie, and held up the tape."Reggie can be quite rude to the police or anyone else in authority. That's a good deal of his charm. For example, in the first story, "The Archduke's Tea," Reggie is called in to treat Archduke Maurice. Reggie's father is starstruck after treating Maurice previously and brags about it for some time. Reggie is unimpressed and is simply glad that his father is still on holiday because, "If his [the elder Dr Fortune's] head swelled so over an archducal fish bone, he would have burst over an archduke knocked down." The irreverence can get a bit much at times and Reggie can sometimes be annoying. However, for the most part, the humor works. "The Hottentot Venus" is a silly tale about a missing heiress. It's really just a confusing piece of fluff. I found it a waste of time. Bailey got a very carried away with his humor in that one. Despite the humor, some of the stories can get quite dark - "The Business Minister" is about obsession, suicide, and a really twisted, convoluted revenge. In "The Sleeping Companion," a young woman is framed for a brutal murder. In another of the stories, Reggie very easily deals with a murderer who tries to kill him - and the murderer ends up killing himself instead. Despite being originally published in 1920, these stories have aged well and are still very readable. "The Hottentot Venus" and "The Archduke's Tea" are the weakest of the lot, but the other stories are quite good. "'Well, sir, it’s a good thing you didn’t take to crime,' said Superintendent Bell. 'Oh, that’s much harder,' said Reggie.'

  • Susan
    2018-12-11 11:19

    This is fairly early Bailey, and not as polished as his stories later became. BUT it is also the book with stories that introduce regular series favorites. Not only does Reggie Fortune start his crime-solving career, but he also meets Lomas, Inspector Bell, his chauffeur Sam, and even the future Mrs. Fortune. Well worth it for fans.

  • Sharon
    2018-12-09 08:27

    This is a collection of short stories about a British physician and surgeon, Reginald Fortune. I am not a lover of short stories but Reginald Fortune is better in small doses. There is not much character development going on here, we have to take the author at his word that solving crimes is fairly easy for Reggie. The mysteries solved are good and Reggie is not always right which adds to the enjoyment of the book.

  • Karen
    2018-11-27 09:15

    I can see some potential in this character and plan to read more of Bailey's work.

  • Mmyoung
    2018-11-29 08:43

    Before the reader opens an H. C. Bailey book they may wonder why his name is not well remembered even by those who have a particular liking for English fiction written in the “golden era” of murder mysteries. After reading just a few pages this puzzle is solved. Bailey’s writing style is pedestrian, his characters caricatures and his plotting nonsensical. Coming across writers of this ilk helps the reader to understand the treatment book reviewers gave Christie, Allingham and Sayers. In addition to infelicities of style, structure and plotting, this particular volume reads as though it was at best cursorily edited with sentences of various tenses packed together into the same paragraph. Although not every character is imbued with the same voice there are fewer voices than there are characters. Fortune, the surgeon/private detective, is obnoxiously self important without, apparently, Bailey being aware of that fact. Fortune is able to solve cases because the police are incompetent: Fortune is aware of information he does not share with them and occasionally he simply intuits the truth. Yes, Bailey indeed uses the oldest trick in the book to make his protagonist outwit the police by have the police having little wit to better. In the occasional case, such as “The Business Minister” Fortune is actually shown in some detail inspecting the possible scene of the crime. And it is here that one can see, lain bare, the method by which Bailey had his amateur detective outdo the professional police. The police, one sees, are barely able to fulfill the most basic aspects of their jobs. They do not even call upon their own coroner to inspect the corpse. They follow Fortune about as he inspects the likely scene of the murder. Having looked in the living room and the bedroom Fortune suggests they move on to the bathroom “‘We haven’t seen the bathroom,’ said Reggie. Bell looked and him and shrugged. ‘Not likely to be much there, sir,’ said the Inspector. ‘There could be,’ said Reggie gravely, and led the way.” Yet, in comparison to such incompetence Fortune is still able to shine only dimly given Bailey’s leaden prose and incoherent plotting.

  • Cheryl Brandt
    2018-12-10 12:35

    I found "Call Mr. Fortune" an interesting introduction to a detective I had not read before.Dr. Reggie Fortune soon becomes Mr. Reggie Fortune as he is drawn away from the practice of medicine as a G.P., following in his father's footsteps, into the life of, to steal from Sir Arthur, a "consulting detective".The first two cases show his first forays into solving murders, and then move from his father's practice to his own business away from home.I found the final case the most interesting but also the most confusing - I'm not certain if the editing was poor for this version, or if this was H.C. Bailey's original prose and left this way on purpose. The basic sense of the story was there, but some of the enjoyment was lacking as I had to keep struggling with it.All in all, I enjoyed this book enough that I'm willing to keep reading more about this interesting "Golden Age" detective.

  • Barbara
    2018-12-12 06:35

    I enjoyed this collection of stories about Reggie Fortune. He reminded me a bit of Lord Peter Wimsey. The author alluded to poetry and songs at various places, which I found amusing. ("who is Sandford, what is he, that all the world don't love him?" as in "who is Sylvia, what is she?") Unfortunately, he also showed the prejudice of the times (1920) by referring to Jews in a disparaging way, and used the N word a few times. Completely unnecessary to the story and really offensive to me, although I do know that it was common in those days.Aside from that, the book was fun, although certainly not up to the level of Agatha Christie or Dorothy Sayers. I'll probably read more of the series when I feel like some enjoyable light entertainment.

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    2018-12-09 09:32

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  • Jessi
    2018-12-05 04:15

    This book is ably described by theClassic Mysteries podcast and that's what caused me to grab this from my local library. Mr. Fortune is actually a doctor, a pretty fair doctor but an absolutely excellent detective. He doesn't cavil about meting out his own sense of justice which is interesting. The stories are short and to the point. I probably won't seek out any of the author's other works but this one was worth reading.

  • Elisabeth
    2018-12-03 12:20

    3.5 stars. The mysteries themselves in these short stories are fairly lightweight (the last, I think, was the most complex, though I did figure most of it out for myself before the end), but the characters and dialogue are sprightly and entertaining (I particularly like Superintendent Bell), even if the style is occasionally a bit choppy. The idea of a doctor as a detective is intriguing, though the impact is diminished a little by having Reggie apparently cease practicing after just a couple stories in order to assist Scotland Yard full-time.

  • Cassandra
    2018-11-23 05:30

    In the autumn I like to read the golden age detective stories, and Bailey is a new author for me. The stories are neat pieces, reminiscent of Chesterton, and Mr. Fortune is an entertaining detective, something like Lord Peter Wimsey but more ruthless -- although Bailey is a much less ruthless author than Sayers, his stories (at least in this volume) never rise above their form. A very enjoyable read for October; I suspect there will be many more to come.

  • Lillie
    2018-12-09 11:31

    I didn't find Dr. Reggie Fortune a likeable character. He was brilliant crime-solver, but he showed no compassion to victims and complained about having to investigate. He also made him judge, jury, and executioner in some cases even though he talked about justice and morality.

  • Little Red Readinghood
    2018-12-12 05:25

    I like these old mysteries set in the early 1900's. A doctor sifts through clues to solve mysteries.

  • Jeff Hobbs
    2018-11-23 07:41

    Read so far:The Archduke's Tea--3The Business Minister--3The Efficient Assassin--3The Hottentot Venus--2The Nice Girl--2The Sleeping Companion--2

  • Denise Kearney
    2018-12-13 06:32

    BB-Kindle-Free. If you like Lord Peter Wimsey,you may like Reggie. Would have given these short stories a 31/2 stars if I could.

  • Sandy Thomas
    2018-12-12 11:39

    Cute, but not gripping.

  • Hottovya
    2018-12-11 04:20

    done. done. i am done with it.

  • Kim
    2018-11-22 12:43

    It is a bit twee, and there are some not so PC comments, but all in all, a very fine installment in the Dr. Fortune series. I like the old mysteries.

  • S Dizzy
    2018-11-28 12:18

    Mr. Fortune is a quirky character and sometimes nonplussed and very likable.