Van Wyck Mason
1901-1978
 

Francis Van Wyck Mason was born to a patrician Boston family. His first eight years, he lived in Berlin and Paris. In 1917, he became an ambulance driver for a while before he managed to enlist in the French Army where he became a decorated artillery officer. By the end of the First World War he had worked his way into the U.S. Army, rising to the rank of Lieutenant. After the war he studied at Harvard University where he obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in 1924. In 1931, he became a full-time writer. He also wrote together with Helen Brawner under the joint pseudonym 'Geoffrey Coffin'.

 

Titles and year of publication:
 
 1) Seeds of Murder  1930
 2) The Fort Terror Murders  1931
 3) The Vesper Service Murders  1931
 4) The Branded Spy Murders  1932
 5) Spider House  1932
 6) The Yellow Arrow Murders  1932
 7) The Shanghai Bund Murders (Also published as revised edition: The China Sea Murders)  1933
 8) The Sulu Sea Murders  1933
 9) The Budapest Parade Murders  1935
10) The Washington Legation Murders  1935
11) The Seven Seas Murders (novelets)  1936
12) The Castle Island Case (Also published as revised edition: The Multi-Million-Dollar Murders)  1937
13) The Hong Kong Airbase Murders  1937
14) The Cairo Garter Murders  1938
15) The Singapore Exile Murders  1939
16) The Bucharest Ballerina Murders  1940
17) Munition Ship Murders (novelets)  1941
18) The Rio Casino Intrigue  1941
19) Shanghai Sanctuary (novelet)  1941
20) Saigon Singer  1946
21) Dardanelles Derelict  1949
22) Himalayan Assignment  1952
23) Two Tickets to Tangier  1955
24) The Gracious Lily Affair  1957
25) Secret Mission to Bangkok  1960
26) Trouble in Burma  1962
27) Zanzibar Intrigue  1963
28) Maracaibo Mission  1965
29) The Deadly Orbit Mission  1968
As 'Geoffrey Coffin'
 1) Murder in the Senate  1935
 2) The Forgotten Fleet Mystery  1936

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