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The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes: A Collection of Victorian-Era Detective Stories

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Enthralled by the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, Victorian readers around the world developed a fascination with eccentric detectives and bizarre crimes. Featuring an international array of authors and characters, this compilation of 16 short stories showcases the best of the mysteries inspired by the Baker Street sleuth. Their heroes range from famous figures like G. K. C ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2019 by Dover Publications
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Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You’ve heard of Sherlock Holmes the incomparable private consulting detective, but have you heard of his equally astute colleagues, the blind Max Carrados, the priest Father Brown, the Protestant Uncle Abner, the scientific Dr. Thorndyke, or the aristocratic Lady Molly? Those heroes and many others from the golden age detective fiction are showcased in this wonderful collection.
The variety in these stories makes it a very enjoyable read. Each story has its own unique flavor and hero. There ar
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
I struggled to get through this one. The first few stories were especially weak, which made it even harder to persist. The later stories were somewhat better, and I wish they would have been moved toward the beginning of the book to encourage interest in reading to the end, but I made it all the way through.

Perhaps these stories struggle because of our modern tv detective shows, which leaves us expecting more excitement or intelligence in our crime solcijty, or perhaps (and more probably) they'
Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Originally published on my blog: Nonstop Reader.

The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a well curated collection of 16 classic detective stories from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. Released 18th Dec 2019 by Dover, it's 352 pages and available in paperback format.

These are classics and many will already be familiar to connoisseurs of detective fiction. The anthology contains stories by Baroness Orczy, R. Austin Freeman, G. K. Chesterton, Maurice Leblanc and 12 others, all strong wr
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
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Though he had some predecessors, Arthur Conan Doyle in many ways created the detective novel as we now know it and created a public appetite for these books that continues to the present day. At the same time, Doyle's Holmes inspired a range of experiments in this new genre—some still well-known, others better forgotten. The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a fun read because of all the what-ifs it opens up. What if detective fiction had gone in this direction? What if the public had responded more ...more
Eva Müller
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Who are Holmes’ rivals? One could argue for different answers to this question: other investigators who are not part of the police force, other genius detectives or other detectives who have a faithful biographer who tells their stories. This collection went for: all of the above and also really all sorts of mystery stories written between the Victorian era and the 1910s (yes, the newest story is from 1914, definitely post-Victorian), including stories abo
Carol Evans
Feb 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of 16 classic detective stories from the late 19th through the early 20th centuries. The detectives are not so much rivals of Holmes as contemporaries. The collection is centered around when the stories were written, but they come from a variety of regions. I’ve read a few of the authors before and a couple of the stories, but several were to me. There were even a couple of female detectives, unusual for the era.

As with most anthologies, I enjoyed so
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This book is a collection of 16 short story mysteries that were originally written between 1892 and 1914. Each story contained one clever person – a detective, private investigator, thief or murderer, or even a servant. The stories were supposedly inspired by Sherlock Holmes, and some of the private investigators did have similarities with him. Most of the stories told the mystery in a way that you could guess whodunit from the clues. I didn't find most of the mysteries difficult to solve, thoug ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent book with 16 clever short stories by 16 different Victorian authors inspired by Sherlock Holmes. Authors include Arthur Morrison, Grant Allen, L.T. Meade and Robert Eustace, Fergus Hume, Guy Boothby, Headon Hill, and Melville Post. Four of the authors were new to me. Although I had read four of the stories before, the rest were new to me. Three actually had a female detective, Pirkis' Loveday, Baroness Orczy's Lady Molly, and Hugh Weir's Cinderella's Slipper.

Some of the fami
Jan 12, 2020 rated it liked it
These stories feature contemporaries rather than rivals of Sherlock Holmes and were first published between 1892 and 1914. Some are more entertaining than others, as is customary in anthologies, but there was only one which I found crashingly dull. The style of writing may be off-putting, and a little at a time might be the best approach. My favourite was the Grant Allen tale which opens the selection.

This compilation is for the beginner, rather than the experienced reader of detective fiction,
Mar 06, 2020 rated it liked it
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As a fan of Sherlock Holmes and ACD’s work I just had a hard time with this writing. ACD wrote Sherlock Holmes to be mentally introverted. He saw things and understood things others could not. And it seems hard for me to imagine there were “rivals” of Holmes that possessed the same attributes.

I will be honest and say I skimmed over a few of the stories. I would start them and just couldn’t bring myself to read every word but I did skim it so I would know
I liked this foray into detective fiction set contemporaneously with that of Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes". It is hard for some to image that there was no other writers writing detective fiction at this time, and this small tome will introduce many to possibly new authors and protagonists. For those who are more widely read on the subject, it may be a more familiar - though still welcome - well-trodden path. ...more
Craig Pearson
Feb 16, 2020 rated it liked it
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Thank you to Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book. For those of us who are avid readers of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes mysteries this book will be a struggle to enjoy. 16 stories are presented here that, while not necessarily rivals of Holmes, one cannot help but be compared to that writting style. These stories are quite varied in what the mystery is but also varied in quality, as with most anthologies. ...more
Leyla Johnson
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An anthology of some great detective writers from the past. I have read many before but it was lovely to spend some time enjoying a meeting of old friends.
There are always real puzzles to these stories that gets one thinking of various outcomes, they are not just a quick read and no gain.
So pleased that some of these older stories are coming to the fore these days.
A collection (sixteen) of Victorian short story mysteries which were written in response to the exploits of Sherlock Holmes. The stories are not just set in England (though mainly) but Europe and the States. They are good introduction to these authors.
Overall I found them to be interesting and well written.
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Jan 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
A fascinating and engrossing book that made me discover some less known mystery writer of the Victorian age.
I loved the stories and I want to read more by some of the featured writers.
Many thanks to the publisher and Netgalley for this ARC, all opinions are mine.
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