Oswald Frederick Crawfurd (1834-1909) was a British writer and diplomatist. He was editor of the New Quarterly and Chapman's Magazine of Fiction and wrote several novels and stories including The Murder at Jex Farm (1895) about the experiences of Inspector Battle. The facts of the case were simple enough. A young woman had been found lying at the orchard gate of the farm, 37 1 2 yards from the house, dead, with a bullet in her head. Suicide was out of the question, for there was no pistol about, and it was not in evidence that the girl had any cause for despondency. There was no reason for her taking her life. But then again, she was not known to have an enemy.