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Detection by Gaslight: 14 Victorian Detective Stories (Unabridged)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  107 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Rich, varied collection of 14 extraordinary Victorian and Edwardian crime stories, many never before published in book form: Kipling's "The Return of Imray"; "The Tragedy of the Life Raft" by Jacques Futrelle; "The Copper Beeches" by Arthur Conan Doyle; plus hard-to-find tales by G.K. Chesterton, Catherine L. Pirkis, Silas K. Hocking, others.
Paperback, Dover Thrift Edition, 272 pages
Published March 1st 1998 by Dover Publications (first published July 10th 1997)
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Alaina
Mar 06, 2010 Alaina rated it really liked it
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I was surprised at how un-Victorian most of these stories were. I found them really enjoyable, clever, and refreshing.
Bev
Sep 26, 2011 Bev rated it really liked it
I always enjoy collections from the Victorian/Edwardian eras that have a large number of stories that I've not read before. This collection does the trick.
Earl Grey Tea
Having never read any Sherlock Holmes before, I was able to receive a nice introduction to the world of Victorian Detective stories. This collection gave wonderful insight into the world of Victorian England. While the text might not compare to the enthralling pace and twists of a modern day mysteries, I still was able to learn a lot from this book.

The tastes of readers have changed greatly over the years. These short stories appeared to not contain all the facts along the way for the reader to
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Douglas
Very nice collection of old mystery stories, mostly taking place in Great Britain.
Here is a list of the stories contained in this volume:

The Adventure of the Copper Beaches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
The Case of the Lost Foreigner by Arthur Morrison
The Ghost of Fountain Lane by Catherine L. Pirkis
The Return of Imray by Rudyard Kiplong
The Divination of the Zagury Capsules by Headon Hill
The York Mystery by Baroness Orczy
The Haverstock Hill Murder by George R. Sims
The Dead Hand by R.
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Kally Sheng
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
1. The Adventure of the Copper Beeches by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
2. The Case of the Lost Foreigner by Arthur Morrison
3. The Ghost of Fountain Lane by Catherine L. Pirkis
4. The Return of Imray by Rudyard Kipling
5. The Divination of the Zagury Capsules by Headon Hill
6. The York Mystery by Baroness Orczy
7. The Haverstock Hill Murder by George R. Sims
8. The Dead Hand by R. Austin Freeman
9. Mr. Bovey's Unexpected Will by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace
10. A Perverted Genius by Silas K.
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Travis
Nov 05, 2010 Travis rated it really liked it
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Great anthology, featuring a mix of Victorian detective stories, most of which were characters that had their own series.

There a few obvious rip offs of Sherlock Holmes, a couple characters that you can see why they are forgotten, but most them are decent characters that I'd like to read more about. I liked the 'Thinking Machine' and the two women detectives especially.

Some good mysteries, interesting characters and a nice bit of detective fiction history.

Lotte
Aug 08, 2009 Lotte rated it really liked it
I am fascinated by life when Holmes was keepng London safe, the forecast usually predicted fog, hansom cabs waited on every corner while young lads slouched in convenient doorways waiting to call for the cab or deliver an urgent message across town, railways timetables were common knowledge, Facebook was predated by the newspaper personal ads, and cell phones unneccesary due to the speedy transmission and delivery of telegraphs. Ahhhhhh.
Lexi
Sep 28, 2009 Lexi rated it really liked it
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An excellent collection of Victorian era detective stories. A fun read and quirky selections as well. In addition to the requisite Sherlock Holmes tale (The Adventure of the Copper Beeches), Rudyard Kipling, Baroness Orczy, and G.K. Chesterton are featured. The other authors were previously unfamiliar to me, but I will be looking for collections of their work at my local library soon!
Mary Mingle
Mar 22, 2010 Mary Mingle rated it it was amazing
A literary collection of Victorian-era detective short stories. I had no idea how many mystery writers contributed to the genre . . . We all know about Sherlock Holmes but it appears there were many writers of the time creating clever detectives and spinning interesting tales of mystery and intrigue. An excellent overview of detective fiction of the time.
Beth Anne
Apr 17, 2013 Beth Anne rated it liked it
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Great collection of short detective stories from the Victorian era. Good mix of authors, plots, and concise intro of each author was helpful. Favorites included: The Haverstock Hill Murder by Sims, The Dead Hand by Freeman, The Eye of Apollo by Chesterton, and The Tragedy of the Liferaft by Futrelle. Unimpressed by Kipling's Return of Imray, and abandoned The Purple Emperor by Chambers.
Veronica
Apr 11, 2013 Veronica rated it liked it
Some of the stories were funny, but some were plain odd. Although I read some for school, I finished the rest just because they were short, easy to read, and nothing like anything I've read in a while.
Chris
Jul 30, 2011 Chris rated it really liked it
Great collection of some rather rare stories by an assorted collection of Victorian detective story writers. Especially worth reading if you've enjoyed Sherlock Holmes or want an introduction.
Mary
Jul 22, 2010 Mary rated it really liked it
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Hit or miss, what are you to say? The best are very excellent, but you can see how the literary types could be so dismissive of the genre for so long.
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Mar 07, 2011 Johanna rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, england
Very disappointing collection.
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An excellent collection of Victorian short detective stories!
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