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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. ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published December 18th 2019 by Dover Publications
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Jan 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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
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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
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
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,
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.
Jan 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
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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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Gilbert Keith Chesterton (1874-1936) was born in London, educated at St. Paul’s, and went to art school at University College London. In 1900, he was asked to contribute a few magazine articles on art criticism, and went on to become one of the most prolific writers of all time. He wrote a hundred books, contributions to 200 more, hundreds of poems, including the epic Ballad of the White Horse, ...more