Predecessors, Contemporaries & Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (29 books)

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Sherlock Holmes, the greatest detective in literature did not stand alone. This list contains some of his predecessors, contemporaries and heirs.

 

The Murders in the Rue Morgue

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story by Edgar Allan Poe published in Graham's Magazine in 1841. It has been claimed as the first detective story; Poe referred to it as one of his "tales of ratiocination"....

The Woman in White

by Wilkie Collins

The Woman in White is an epistolary novel written by Wilkie Collins in 1859, serialized in 1859–1860, and first published in book form in 1860. It is considered to be among the first mystery novels and is...

The Moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it...

The Purloined Letter

by Edgar Allan Poe

"The Purloined Letter" is a short story by American author Edgar Allan Poe. It is the third of his three detective stories featuring the fictional C. Auguste Dupin, the other two being "The Murders in the Rue...

Hunted Down

by Charles Dickens

One might not necessarily think of Dickens as a mystery writer, but detectives and criminals do figure into much of his work. This...gathers a dozen of his stories featuring cops of one kind or another

The Eye of Osiris

by R. Austin Freeman

This is the tantalizing tale of a missing world-renowned archaeologist that, so far, no one seems to be able to find any clues to. Dr. Thorndyke, our detective, is unusually perceptive and begins to find clues...

Four Max Carrados Detective Stories

by Ernest Bramah Smith

The adventures of a blind detective in London, featuring four compact mysteries: The Coin of Dionysius, The Knight's Cross Signal Problem, The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage & The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor.

John Thorndyke's Cases

by R. Austin Freeman

This volume collects seven of Thorndyke's most puzzling stories, including "The Man with the Nailed Shoes," "The Moabite Cipher," "A Message from the Deep Sea," and many more.

For the Defence, Dr. Thorndyke

by R. Austin Freeman

This is the story of Andrew, a handsome artist living with his beautiful wife. Andrew witnesses a man being shot one night by two masked assailants and on the advice of his wife, decides to remain silent about...

Dead Men's Money

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Nothing is what it seems, and dead bodies abound in this classic 1920 murder mystery from the British crime author and journalist, J.S. Fletcher.

Felo de Se

by R. Austin Freeman

John Gillam was a gambler. John Gillam faced financial ruin and was the victim of a sinister blackmail attempt. John Gillam is now dead. In this exceptional mystery, Dr Thorndyke is brought in to untangle the...

R. Holmes & Co.

by John Kendrick Bangs

A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.

A Certain Dr Thorndyke

by R. Austin Freeman

A winding adventure that begins in an exotic, teasing location. Richard Austin Freeman introduces the reader to the delights of an extraordinary jewel heist. Hollis is a retired soap manufacturer, richer than...

The Rome Express

by Arthur Griffiths

A mysterious murder on a flying express train, a wily Italian, a charming woman caught in the meshes of circumstantial evidence, a chivalrous Englishman, and a police force with a keen nose for the wrong clue,...

The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont

by Robert Barr

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial...

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

by Arthur Morrison

A collection of 7 detective stories: The Lenton Croft Robberies, The Loss of Sammy Crockett, The Case of Mr. Foggatt, The Case of the Dixon Torpedo, The Quinton Jewel Affair, The Stanway Cameo Mystery & The...

The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow

by Anna Katharine Green

A woman's body is found in a museum gallery with an arrow through her chest, so all of the other visitors are locked inside while the crime is investigated.

The Honor of the Name

by Émile Gaboriau

Fifth book in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series and the sequel to "Monsieur Lecoq".

A Strange Disappearance

by Anna Katharine Green

A housekeeper reports the disappearance of a sewing-maid from a wealthy household. She insists that the girl has been abducted. Mr Gryce and a young detective investigate. The missing young woman has a secret....

The Big Bow Mystery

by Israel Zangwill

One of the earliest "locked room" mysteries. All of the clues are in the story -- but you'll be surprised by the ending!

The Red Triangle

by Arthur Morrison

Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt, Investigator. 6 short detective stories: The affair of Samuel's diamonds, The case of Mr. Jacob Mason, The case of the Lever Key, The case of the burnt barn, The...

File No. 113

by Émile Gaboriau

Also known as "The Blackmailers", this story is the third book in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series.

Monsieur Lecoq

by Émile Gaboriau

Classic detective story and fourth book in the Monsieur Lecoq series.

The Mystery of Orcival

by Émile Gaboriau

A classic detective story, the second one in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series.

The Leavenworth Case

by Anna Katharine Green

Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth...

The Circular Study

by Anna Katharine Green

Excerpt: "Mr. Gryce was melancholy. He had attained that period in life when the spirits flag and enthusiasm needs a constant spur, and of late there had been a lack of special excitement, and he felt dull and...

Le Mystère de Marie Roget

The Filigree Ball

by Anna Katharine Green

Being a full and true account of the solution of the mystery concerning the Jeffrey-Moore affair.

The Lerouge Case

by Émile Gaboriau

Excerpt: "Those who anticipated the discovery of a crime, were unhappily not deceived. The commissary was convinced of this as soon as he crossed the threshold. Everything in the first room pointed with a sad...

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