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The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: Early Detective Stories

3.98  ·  Rating Details  ·  166 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
This work contains the following stories:
Max Pemberton: 'The Ripening Rubies'
Arthur Morrison: 'The Case of Laker, Absconded'
Guy Boothby: 'The Dutchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds'
Arthur Morrison: 'The Affair of the "Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre Co. Ltd"'
Clifford Ashdown: 'The Assyrian Rejuvenator'
L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace: 'Madame Sara'
Clifford Ashdown: 'The Submarine Boat'
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Paperback, 3513 pages
Published March 1st 1983 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1970)
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Dfordoom
Apr 26, 2008 Dfordoom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Victorian and Edwardian crime and detective stories edited by Hugh Greene (brother of Graham Greene). There was a TV series also, back in the 70s. It's interesting that very few of these stories are straight imitations of Sherlock Holmes. It's also interesting that quite a few stories end without justice having been done, and in some cases the detective is the biggest villain of all! Some of these stories have the kind of moral ambiguity and atmos ...more
Uncultured
Jul 08, 2013 Uncultured rated it really liked it
This volume, along with a similar (larger, yet more haphazardly chosen) collection edited by Alan K. Russell (with the same title) gives a wonderful overview of the golden age of detective fiction. Although that term is usually taken to refer, at least in British detective fiction, to the period between World Wars, when country house parties were reinvented by Bright Young Things and writers such as Ngaio Marsh, Dorothy Sayers, and Agatha Christie made their debuts, I believe it is a misnomer: ...more
Cindy
Sherlock Holmes was not the only detective at work in late Victorian England. Others, some honest, some untrustworthy, all highly capable, were at work all over England. This book contains short stories featuring several of those sleuths.

I always enjoyed Agatha Christie's book Partners in Crime. Tommy and Tuppence Beresford set up a small detective agency in the hopes of tracking down a master criminal. In part of the book, they decide to emulate some other fictional detectives. I remember readi
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Tatra
Aug 14, 2014 Tatra rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Not gonna lie, some of those stories had me feeling like I had stumbled into the universe without a clue what was going on, but that's just the nature of the thing. All of the stories were enjoyable and very clever. I loved the contrast of these stories vs. Sherlock Holmes.

And now I am going to go see how many free books I can get by some of these authors. :D
Daniel
May 11, 2014 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, audiobooks
Some fascinating short stories in the spirit of Sherlock holmes. A very enjoyable read, and a good way to meet some new detectives.
Cindy Winder delong
Some of the stories I enjoyed, but others I had trouble following.
Jessica Weleski
Feb 10, 2013 Jessica Weleski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
This was a fun read of mystery authors who were contemporaries with Doyle. Plenty of poison flowed through the pages, and some of the detectives themselves skated even closer to the line of lawlessness than Sherlock Holmes. One of my favorite stories in the collection was "The Affair of the 'Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre. Co. Ltd'"
Rozonda
Nov 03, 2011 Rozonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good compilation of Victorian detective stories- not all of the detectives always respectful of the law. However, this compilation , in my opinion, has been surpassed by an imitation, Stuart Davies' Shadows of Sherlock Holmes, which shares some choices, but includes more exciting tales and interesting detectives.
Sue
Mar 16, 2009 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Late Victorian and Edwardian mystery writers, contemporaries of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, presented as short stories. An historical look at the state of mystery writing at that time and as good as Conan Doyle.
Matt
Sep 17, 2012 Matt rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This work included many detective stories written at the same time as Sherlock Holmes. Some were interesting, but for the most part, none measured to the levels of Doyle or Collins
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One of four sons (including Graham Greene, the novelist-screenwriter) of a former headmaster. He was educated at Berkhamsted and Merton College, Oxford.
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