The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories

The Oxford Book of Victorian Detective Stories

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Short, enticing tales of mystery and detection were part of the Victorian readers' staple diet. The detective story celebrated the human ability to explain and comprehend. In this entertaining anthology, Michael Cox has assembled a wide-ranging selection of 31 stories from authors such as J.S. Le Fanu, Charles Dickens, Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Mrs Henry Wood, Wilkie Collins, M.P. Shiel, Baroness Orczy, Sax Rohmer, Robert Barr, and, inevitably, Arthur Conan Doyle. There are police detectives, gentlemen amateurs, lady detectives, professional consulting detectives, even an 'anti-detective' (who devises a crime for himself to solve) and a psychic detective. The villains against whom they pit their wits are equally various, as are their crimes - from fraud and forgery to theft, abduction, and of course, murder most foul, whether by poison, bullet, or more

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  • Paperback | 606 pages
  • 129 x 196.1 x 33mm | 394.63g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford Paperbacks
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0192804480
  • 9780192804488

About Michael Cox

Michael Cox is Senior Commissioning Editor, Reference Books, at OUP and is currently compiling The Oxford Chronology of English Literature on a freelance basis. His previous books include A Dictionary of Writers and Their Works, Victorian Ghost Stories (with R. A. Gilbert), The Oxford Book of English Ghost Stories, and The Oxford Book of Twentieth-Century Ghost more

Table of contents

Introduction; The Purloined Letter; The Murdered Cousin; Hunted Down; Levison's Victim; The Mystery at Number Seven; The Going Out of Alessandro Pozzone; Who Killed Zebedee?; A Circumstantial Puzzle; The Mystery of Essex Stairs; The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle; The Great Ruby Robbery; The Sapient Monkey; Cheating the Gallows; Drawn Daggers; The Greenstone God and the Stockbroker; The Arrest of Captain Vandaleur; The Accusing Shadow; The Ivy Cottage Mystery; The Azteck Opal; The Long Arm; The Case of Euphemia Raphash; The Tin Box; Murder by Proxy; The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds; The Story of the Spaniards, Hammersmith; The Lost Special; The Banknote Forger; A Warning in Red; The Fenchurch Street Mystery; The Green Spider; The Clue of the Silver Spoonsshow more

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