Masters of Mystery

edited and introduced by Martin Radcliffe

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Vintage Detective, Mystery & Crime Stories

Renowned Victorians such as Wilkie Collins, Charles Dickens and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle were the pioneers of crime and detective fiction, but they were by no means alone. In this definitive collection, mystery critic and historian Martin Radcliffe delves into the archives and presents some of the best and most influential short stories of the Victorian and Edwardian years.

These are the tales of Masters (and Mistresses) of Mystery that inspired generations of writers and led to the creation of renowned detectives such as Lord Peter Wimsey, Sam Spade, Miss Marple, Lew Archer, Morse, Dalgliesh and Rebus.


Introduction – The History Of Crime And Mystery Fiction by Martin Radcliffe
Edgar Allen Poe, The Mystery of Marie Roget (1850)
Wilkie Collins, The Biter Bit (1850)
JS Le Fanu, The Murdered Cousin (1851)
Charles Dickens, Hunted Down (1859)
Mark Twain, The Stolen White Elephant (1882)
Grant Allen, Jerry Stokes (1891)
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventure of the Copper Beeches (1892)
Israel Zangwill, Cheating The Gallows (1893)
Robert Barr, The Great Pegram Mystery (1894)
Harry Blyth, The Accusing Shadow (1894)
Max Pemberton, The Ripening Rubies (1894)
Arthur Morrison, The Case of Laker Absconded (1895)
Rodrigues Orrolengui, The Azteck Opal (1895)
Dick Donovan, The Problem of Dead Wood Hall (1896)
Robert W Chambers, The Purple Emperor (1897)
Guy Boothby, The Duchess of Wiltshire’s Diamonds (1897)
EW Hornung, Gentlemen and Players (1899)
Baroness Orczy, The Mysterious Death on the Underground Railway (1901)
William Le Queux, The Secret of the Fox Hunter (1903)
Clifford Ashdown, The Submarine Boat (1904)
Arnold Bennett, A Solution of the Algiers Mystery (1905)
Jacques Futrelle, The Problem of Cell 113 (1907)
Maurice LeBlanc, The Mysterious Railway Passenger (1907)
William J Locke, A Christmas Mystery (1910)
GK Chesterton, The Wrong Shape (1911)
Ernest Bramah, The Tragedy of Brookbend  Cottage (1914)
R Austin Freeman, The Case of the White Footprints (1918)


MARTIN RADCLIFFE was born in Yorkshire in 1954. He managed to prise an English degree out of a respected redbrick university and has read and reviewed crime fiction for most of his adult life. He is currently crime reviewer for Time Out magazine and has been published in a variety of other publications, including The Guardian, Literary Review and The Independent. He is a private man and says he doesn’t give a toss about the real identity of Jack the Ripper.

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