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Title The rivals of Sherlock Holmes : the greatest detective stories: 1837-1914 / edited by Graeme Davis.

Publication Info. New York : Pegasus Crime, 2019.


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 GDL Central Library Fiction    M RIVALS    Available
Edition First Pegasus books cloth edition.
Description xix, 379 pages ; 24 cm
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Contents The secret cell / William Evans Burton -- The mystery of Marie Roget / Edgar Allan Poe -- The detective police / Charles Dickens -- The trail of the serpent (extract) / Mary Elizabeth Braddon -- The notting hill mystery (extract) / Charles Felix -- The mystery of orcival (extract) / Emile Gaboriau -- Mr. Policeman and the cook / Wilkie Collins -- The lenton croft robberies / Arthur Morrison -- Gentlemen and players and the return match / E.W. Hornung The secret of the fox hunger / William le Querux -- The superfluous finger / Jacques Futrelle -- The mystery of the yellow room (extract) / Gaston Leroux -- The man with the nailed shoes / R. Austin Freeman -- The ninescore mystery / Baroness Orczy -- The scientific cracksman / Arthur B. Reeve -- The coin of Dionysius / Ernest Bramah
Summary Davis (More Deadly Than the Male, editor) makes a welcome addition to early English detective fiction anthologies. Unlike scholars who date the birth of the genre to Poe's "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Davis starts with an earlier short story, "The Secret Cell" by Poe's nemesis, William Evans Burton. That tale remains enjoyable today, with its dramatic account of the search for a missing 17-year-old servant, who stood to inherit a fortune from her employer. Other solid entries will also be new to many, such as an excerpt from the pseudonymous Charles Felix's The Notting Hill Mystery, an epistolary novel about a woman who supposedly drank a fatal dose of acid while sleepwalking. Davis's decision to excerpt novels doesn't always work: The Mystery of the Yellow Room by Phantom of the Opera creator Gaston Leroux doesn't deserve to be spoiled by a section from its denouement.
Subject Detective and mystery stories, English.
Detective and mystery stories, American.
Genre/Form Detective and mystery fiction.
Short stories.
Added Author Davis, Graeme, editor.
Burton, William E. (William Evans), 1802-1860. Secret cell.
Poe, Edgar Allan, 1809-1849. Mystery of Marie Rog©®t.
Dickens, Charles, 1812-1870. Detective police.
Braddon, M. E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1835-1915. Three times dead.
Felix, Charles, 1833-1903. Notting Hill mystery.
Gaboriau, Emile, 1832-1873. Mystery of Orcival.
Collins, Wilkie, 1824-1889. Mr. Policeman and the cook.
Morrison, Arthur, 1863-1945. Lenton croft robberies.
Hornung, E. W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921. Gentlemen and players.
Hornung, E. W. (Ernest William), 1866-1921. Return march.
ISBN 9781643130712

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