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The rivals of Sherlock Holmes;: Early detective stories Hardcover – January 1, 1970


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  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: Pantheon Books; [1st American ed.] edition (1970)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 039441330X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0394413303
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 6 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,513,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
This book is a compilation of detective stories published during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. While Hugh Greene, the editor of this book, refers to the detectives featured in this group of Victorian and Edwardian stories as rivals of Sherlock Holmes, not all rate as such. While Dr. Thorndyke, Martin Hewitt, and to a lesser extent the Old man in the Corner are worthy of comparision to the legendary sleuth of Baker Street, others such as Romney Pringle and Dorrington are decidedly inferior. Although not all coming to a standard demanded by the title, none of the detectives in this volume deserve oblivion. In editing this book, Hugh Greene has helped prevent these detectives from slipping into the London fogs forever.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Michael Wischmeyer on February 4, 2005
Format: Paperback
The rivals of Sherlock Holmes? What rivals? Few readers today realize that the eminent Sherlock Holmes had considerable competition in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Detective stories were amazing popular and magazines competed avidly for new works. Authors like Max Pemberton, Arthur Morrison, Guy Boothby, Baroness Orczy, and R. Austin Freeman experimented with this new genre, creating a wide range of amateur detectives, some that were passionately dedicated to justice, while others were little more than rogues.

Sir Hugh Greene, director-general of the BBC in the 1960s (and brother of Graham Greene), wrote the introduction and selected the thirteen early detective stories comprising The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (Penguin Books, 1971).

Greene chose stories in which the detectives have identifiable, or nearly identifiable addresses in the London of their day, thereby giving them something of the reality that surrounds No. 221b Baker Street. The best of the authors, Arthur Morrison, Clifford Ashdown, and R. Austin Freeman, compare quite favorably with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and it is unfortunate that their works are so seldom encountered. Even the lesser stories in this collection make good reading, and should appeal to fans of Holmes and Watson.

The thirteen stories: The Ripening Rubies (Max Pemberton), The Case of Laker, Absconded and The Affair of the Avalanche Bicycle and Tyre Co. Ltd (Arthur Morrison), The Duchess of Wiltshire's Diamonds (Guy Boothby), The Assyrian Rejuvenator and The Submarine Boat (Clifford Ashdown), Madame Sara (L. Meade and R. Eustace), The Secret of the Fox Hunter (W. Le Queux), The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway and The Woman in the Big Hat (Baroness Orczy), The Moabite Cipher (R. Austin Freeman), The Horse of the Invisible (W.
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By melystu on September 4, 2013
Format: Hardcover
. . . Early Detective Stories, collected & introduced by Hugh Greene.
The introduction alone is worth the cost of the book. It's a wonderful ramble through--and discussion of--various important and productive writers of the detective story genre around the turn of the 20th century. Many/most of the authors we readers will never have heard of: Max Pemberton, Arthur Morrison, Clifford Ashdown, William LeQueux, and Austin Freeman--etc.. Baroness Orczy (Scarlet Pimpernel) may be more familiar. The stories evoke a lost time of "Gladstone bags" and like arcane equipage. My hardback features a dust jacket illustrated by Fred Barnard, featuring "Jewel Mysteries I Have Known".
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By LTKepner on March 3, 2013
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"The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" is now a catch-phrase for the adventures of other sleuths in the same time-period as Sherlock Holmes. I bought another copy because I wore the first one out - my first had the cover as shown, the second (which arrived in excellent shape!) had a composite cover featuring the actors of the series as it appeared on BBC TV. But do I like it? Hugh Greene did an awesome selection job - asking me to rate this is like asking me how I like the Bible. There is absolutely no comparison to anything else!
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