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The Tales of Max Carrados

by Ernest Bramah

Series: Max Carrados series (selected stories)

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Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery stories that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in The Strand magazine, in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened. 1. The Coin of Dionysus 2. The Game Played in the Dark 3. The Holloway Flat Tragedy 4. The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes 5. The Secret of Headlam Height 6. The Mystery of the Vanished Petition Crown 7. The Ingenious Mind of Mr Rigby Lacksome 8. The Strange Case of Cyril Bycourt 9. The Crime at the House in Culver Street 10. The Bunch of Violets 11. The Missing Witness Sensation.… (more)
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This is a set of 11 short stories that feature the detective capability of Max Carrados. He's a slightly murkey figure who clearly grew up in some degree of poverty, although we never really find out much about that. He is also blind, as the story never fails to remind us many many times. Individually, each story is quite interesting, particularly with the lack of eyesight posing what might be considered a hindrance. However it gets very repetitive, we are reminded that he is blind several times in each story. These seem to rage in date from the early 1900s to the middle of WW1, with at least one of them being clearly set at particular dates (start of WW1 and the Irish uprising, being but two). They are somewhat of their time, don't expect much enlightenment here. At times he resorts to tidying things up with a sit down and explain it all later, which always strikes me as a lazy way to resolve a mystery. All in all, they are an interesting set, but are best read with intervals between them - don't binge read this lot. ( )
  Helenliz | Mar 14, 2018 |
This really doesn't offer very much more than a collection of tired stereotypes - apart from the superior narration of Stephen Fry, sadly rather wasted on such poor fare. 7 July 2016 ( )
  alanca | Jul 8, 2016 |
A short story introducing the detective who features in a number of subsequent books. Max Carrados is blind and the usual stereotypes about heightened perceptions abound - he recognises people by their voices even when putting on an accent, the can hear a person shift their weight and anticipate their precise planned movement. It would be laughable if these stereotypes weren't symptomatic of wider mistrust of and discrimination against disabled people in general. It's good enough writing if you can get past that, but I can't. ( )
  eclecticdodo | Dec 18, 2015 |
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It was eight o'clock at night and raining, scarcely a time when a business so limited in its clientele as that of a coin dealer could hope to attract any customer, but a light was still showing in the small shop that bore over its window the name of Baxter, and in the even smaller office at the back the proprietor himself sat reading the latest Pall Mall.
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Max Carrados featured in a series of mystery stories that first appeared in 1914. Carrados featured alongside Sherlock Holmes in The Strand magazine, in which they both had top billing. The character often boasted how being blind meant his other senses were heightened. 1. The Coin of Dionysus 2. The Game Played in the Dark 3. The Holloway Flat Tragedy 4. The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes 5. The Secret of Headlam Height 6. The Mystery of the Vanished Petition Crown 7. The Ingenious Mind of Mr Rigby Lacksome 8. The Strange Case of Cyril Bycourt 9. The Crime at the House in Culver Street 10. The Bunch of Violets 11. The Missing Witness Sensation.

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