Here's how I did it.
|French edition (Colnem, 1945)|
Translation of Fate Strikes Twice (1944)
ASHTON, Charles (Charles Henry), 1884-1968 STONE DEAD. London : Mellifont Press, . [Second edition]. A country-inn mystery from photographer, war-hero, silent movie star and ultimately crime-writer Charles Ashton. Originally published by Robert Hale in 1939. Crown 8vo (18cm). 96pp.
3. Aha! He was an movie actor. Off to imdb.com. Enter Charles Ashton and look for the one with silent movie credits. Lo and behold! a full biography on Charles Ashton:
British actor Charles Ashton became an actor not long after receiving a medical discharge from the army due to injuries he received at the Battle of Ypres in World War I. He made his film debut in Pillars of Society (1920). He appeared in a string of films for such well-known directors as Maurice Elvey and Victor Saville. Ashton was one of the many silent-era actors whose career ended with the advent of sound, and he made his last film in 1929. However, he did begin another career as a successful novelist in the 1930s and 1940s, mostly of crime thrillers.
And there you have it. Charles Ashton -- war veteran, silent movie actor, and mystery writer -- resurrected from obscurity.