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McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective

by James McLevy

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Interesting book, but not a page turner. McLevy was a Detective in Edinburgh during the 1860s and this is his account of various crimes and how he caught the criminals.

So far so good, but.... as an account of what happened it is very interesting and he captures the feel of Victorian Edinburgh, but he is very much a policeman. This is factual with no colour in the form of deduction. We are spoiled by current authors and their descriptive powers of crime and investigation, so reading a dry explanation seems to fall short. If you can keep in mind when it was written and who by, then it is a worthwhile read.
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  Cassandra2020 | Jan 24, 2016 |
This is a re-issue of a very early series of detective stories written in the 1850s. The author was a member of the Edinburgh police from the 1830s until he retired in approximately 1855. They give a fascinating glimpse into the period, not least because of McLevy's own prejudices. What is interesting too is that McLevy as a writer has been almost completely forgotten, although other later detective writers based work on his. ( )
  Only2rs | Jul 23, 2006 |
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"In the 1860s, a few years before Arthur Conan Doyle began his medical studies at Edinburgh University, there appeared a hugely popular series of books with titles like "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. In the words of his editor at the time - "The name of McLevy is the guarantee of this book. He is known throughout the kingdom for the possession of those many qualities which go to form a successful detective officer. While he is beyond question without a competitor in Scotland, he has very few, if any, in England." The unjustly forgotten McLevy was one of the first exponents of the crime genre and a likely influence on the creator of Sherlock Holmes. He provides us with a remarkable evocation of Victorian Edinburgh and vivid descriptions of its criminal classes as they move between the very different worlds of the Old and New Towns."--Publisher details.… (more)

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