McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective

McLevy The Edinburgh Detective Edinburgh has provided the backdrop to stories of detection for almost a century and a half In the s a few years before Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University there appear

  • Title: McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective
  • Author: James McLevy
  • ISBN: 9781841587417
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • Edinburgh has provided the backdrop to stories of detection for almost a century and a half In the 1860s, a few years before Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles including Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh, The Sliding Scale of Life and The Disclosures of a Detective They were all the wEdinburgh has provided the backdrop to stories of detection for almost a century and a half In the 1860s, a few years before Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles including Curiosities of Crime in Edinburgh, The Sliding Scale of Life and The Disclosures of a Detective They were all the work of one James McLevy, an Edinburgh policeman The now largely forgotten, McLevy was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes Like Conan Doyle, McLevy had an Irish background He was born in Co Armagh, the son of a small farmer Largely self educated, he joined the Edinburgh police force in 1830 as a night watchman before rising up through the ranks to become a detective The collection of stories in this book are based on some of the 2,220 cases he dealt with in the course of his career, wonderfully evoking the spirit of the city, and the vivid descriptions of its criminal classes as they moved between the very different worlds of the Old and New Towns.

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    1. Rain Blackmoore

      A refreshing collection of short stories, easy to read if you're familiar with Victorian-era style. James McLevy was a real detective who may have influenced Poe, Conan Doyle and so on. McLevy knew his local thieves -- his "regulars" -- by their first names. They exchanged puns and played wars of wits.Aside from a couple of stories where Victorian racism and sexism rear their ugly heads (which is sadly something to expect, in books written in that era), it's a fantastic little book, with a nice [...]

    2. Victoria

      This autobiography of a Victorian detective, roaming the streets of Edinburgh was not what I expected.The first surprise was the length. This is not a long book and I managed to read it in only a few short sessions. I had expected a longer book simply because I had already heard of James McLevy. If you look through my To-read List, you'll find a book by David Ashton [i]A Trick of the Light[/i], A James McLevy Mystery, part of a series written by Ashton based on the real detective. There is also [...]

    3. Mick Finlay

      This is an interesting little book describing some of McLevy's cases. A lot of the detective work at the time seemed to be about following people and using intelligence.

    4. Rog Harrison

      These are apparently true stories about the cases of a detective which were originally published in 1861. I found the author's writing a bit too florid and most of the cases were not particularly interesting. However some of the crimes were strange and I was also intrigued by the very different punishments handed out by the courts. So if you are interested in nineteenth century crime this may be worth a read.

    5. Barbara Joan

      Charming historical memoir from a detective with a philosophical turn of mind. Would have been better if a glossary of the dialect and the slang words had been included. Great reading for fans of the Radio 4 McLevy series.

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