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The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

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The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial combination of realism and imagination that characterizes the finest crime writing, the stories exude playfulness and wit, blending mystery and quasi-Gothic thri ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 10th 1997 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1906)
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Henry Patterson
Mar 30, 2014 Henry Patterson rated it really liked it
This is a book I pull of my shelf perhaps once every ten years. The stories are of their time stylistically so there is an emphasis on the mechanics of the mysteries rather than the psychology of the characters. But they are very well written with a light touch. I would add that if Barr had written after Agatha Christie the stories would have been viewed as parodies of Hercule Poirot. However, I think it is clear Valmont was at least in part a source of inspiration for Christie of Poirot. This m ...more
The irony of The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont (1906) by Robert Barr is that the book begins with Valmont's biggest failure and proceeds to relate various other incidents where Valmont does not exactly shine. Assigned to protect the legendary diamond necklace once destined for Marie Antoinette, Valmont's job is to ensure its safety until it has been sold at auction and is delivered toits new rightful owner. He is easily misdirected and defeated by an amateur and dismissed from the French police for ...more
Robert Barr was a Canadian author who moved to England during the heyday of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes stories. While remaining a friend of Doyle's he published several humorous detective stories mocking the British detective. And then, in 1906, he came out with The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont.

Valmont is a French detective who was made to leave the force when, through a mistake (explained in the first three stories in the collection, he arrests an English detective rather than the jewel
Apr 01, 2011 James rated it really liked it
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If you enjoy Sherlock Holmes, you will enjoy this book.podcast. Nice surprise at end.
Eugène Valmont, a conceited, pompous, vain French detective, acts as comic mouthpiece in these satirical tales, which poke fun at both detective stories and English society. You need a little background in the popular fiction of the time to get some of the humor. Barr often is spoofing some of the more sensational fiction of the Victorian age here, but he has also created a memorable character, hailed by some critics as "the first, most important humorous detective in English literature. This co ...more
Robert Fila
Oct 12, 2015 Robert Fila rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Obviously comparable to Holmes but much closer to a fallible Poirot. Entertaining because of his failings, Valmont becomes human. Enjoyable.
Yorky Caz
Apr 13, 2016 Yorky Caz rated it liked it
I had high hopes but this book just didnt live upto them. slow paced and frankly boring
Jun 25, 2014 Salome rated it did not like it
This humor is absolutely not my cup of tea.
Miguel Blanco
Apr 27, 2015 Miguel Blanco rated it really liked it
Lo mejor es el tono humorístico de cada relato, pero los dos últimos, correspondientes al personaje de Conan Doyle, me parecen los mejores, regocijantes, desbordando la ironía del autor al volcarse en Holmes y "sus triunfos". Aunque puedo disfrutar de estas lecturas en su idioma original, no me atrevo a expresar mis opiniones en su lengua, por no destrozar algo tan hermoso. Muchas gracias.
Nov 10, 2010 Sylvester rated it liked it
Same idea as "The Father Brown Mysteries" by G.K.Chesterton. Each chapter is a mystery - so it's like a series of short stories with a main character - in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes. And the mysteries were pretty good. A nice read for an afternoon. Liked the whole French/English tussle.
Jeff Hobbs
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The Mystery of the Five Hundred Diamonds--2
The Siamese Twin of a Bomb-Thrower--2
The Clue of the Silver Spoons--2
Lord Chizelrigg's Missing Fortune--3
The Absent-minded Coterie--3
The Ghost with the Club-foot--3
The Liberation of Wyoming Ed--2
Lady Alicia's Emeralds--1
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Robert Barr (September 16, 1849 – October 21, 1912) was a British-Canadian short story writer and novelist, born in Glasgow, Scotland.

Robert Barr emigrated with his parents to Upper Canada at age four and was educated in Toronto at Toronto Normal School. Barr became a teacher and eventual headmaster of the Central School of Windsor, Ontario. While he had that job he began to contribute short stori
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