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by Michael Sims, ed.
Walker & Co., December 2011, $20.00

In this hefty volume of over 550 pages, Sims has assembled “A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories.” The authors include names both familiar (Edgar Allan Poe, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Arthur Conan Doyle) and not so well known, at least to me (Harvey O’Higgins and Hesketh Prichard).

The title story is by an Australian, Mary Fortune, which Sims says is the first known detective story by a woman. That’s reason enough right there to get a copy of the book, but Sims also provides an excellent introduction and a bibliography with suggested further reading for those interested in the time period or the history of the crime story.

Bill Crider

sims_thedeadwitnessThis hefty, 550-page-plus anthology is "A Connoisseur’s Collection of Victorian Detective Stories."

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by Michael Sims, ed.
Walker & Co., December 2011, $20.00

Sims, ed.
December 2011
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20.00
Walker & Co.