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Freeman Wills Crofts was born in Dublin in 1879.  He attended the Methodist College Belfast and Campbell College.

The Cask has thirty chapters:

   1)  A Strange Consignment
   2)  Inspector Burnley on the Track
   3)  The Watcher on the Wall
   4)  A Midnight Interview
   5)  Felix Tells a Story
   6)  The Art of Detection
   7)  The Cask at Last   
   8)  The Opening of the Cask
   9)    M. le Chef de la Sûreté
   10)  Who Wrote the Letter?
   11)  MM. Dupierre et Cie
   12)  At the Gare St. Lazare
   13)  The Owner of the Dress
   14)  M. Boirac Makes a Statement
   15)  The House in the Avenue de L'Alma
   16)  Inspector Burnley up Against It
   17)  A Council of War
   18)  Lefarge Hunts Alone
   19)  The Testing of an Alibi
   20)  Some Damning Evidence
   21)  A New Point of View
   22)  Felix Tells a Second Story
   23)  Clifford gets to Work
   24)  Mr. Georges la Touche
   25)  Disappointment
   26)  A Clue at Last
   27)  La Touche's Dilemma
   28)  The Unravelling of the Web
   29)  A Dramatic Dénouement
   30)  Conclusion

List of all Crofts' novels:

    The Cask (1920)
    The Ponson Case (1921)
    The Pit-Prop Syndicate (1922)
    The Groote Park Murder (1923)
    Inspector French's Greatest Case (1924)
    The Cheyne Mystery (1926) a.k.a. Inspector French and the Cheyne Mystery
    Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy (1927) a.k.a. The Starvel Hollow Tragedy
    The Sea Mystery (1928)
    The Box Office Murders (1929) a.k.a. The Purple Sickle Murders
    Sir John Magill's Last Journey (1930)
    Mystery in the Channel (1931) a.k.a. Mystery in the English Channel
    Sudden Death (1932)
    Death on the Way (1932) a.k.a. Double Death
    The Hog's Back Mystery (1933) a.k.a. The Strange Case of Dr. Earle
    The 12:30 from Croydon (1934) a.k.a. Wilful and Premeditated
    Mystery on Southampton Water (1934) a.k.a. Crime on the Solent
    Crime at Guildford (1935) a.k.a. The Crime at Nornes
    The Loss of the Jane Vosper (1936)
    Man Overboard! (1936) a.k.a. Cold-Blooded Murder
    Found Floating (1937)
    The End of Andrew Harrison (1938) a.k.a. The Futile Alibi
    Antidote to Venom (1938)
    Fatal Venture (1939) a.k.a. Tragedy in the Hollow
    Golden Ashes (1940)
    James Tarrant, Adventurer (1941) a.k.a. Circumstantial Evidence
    The Losing Game (1941) a.k.a. A Losing Game
    Fear Comes to Chalfont (1942)
    The Affair at Little Wokeham (1943) a.k.a. Double Tragedy
    Enemy Unseen (1945)
    Death of a Train (1946)
    Young Robin Brand, Detective (1947) A Juvenile Detective Novel
    Silence for the Murderer (1949)
    French Strikes Oil (1951) a.k.a. Dark Journey
    Anything to Declare? (1957)

Crofts was not only a railway engineer and writer, but also an accomplished musician: organist and choirmaster in Killowen Parish Church, Coleraine, St Patrick's Church, Jordanstown and the parish church of St Martin's in Blackheath.

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