HomeGroupsTalkZeitgeist
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective (Mercat…
Loading...

McLevy: The Edinburgh Detective (Mercat Press)

by James McLevy

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
32None354,587 (3.79)2
None

None.

Loading...

Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 2 mentions

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 |
no reviews | add a review
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
People/Characters
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
Epigraph
Dedication
First words
Quotations
Last words
Disambiguation notice
Publisher's editors
Blurbers
Publisher series

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English

None

Book description
Haiku summary

No descriptions found.

"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)

Quick Links

Swap Ebooks Audio
7 wanted1 pay

Popular covers

Rating

Average: (3.79)
0.5
1
1.5
2 1
2.5
3 1
3.5
4 3
4.5 1
5 1

Is this you?

Become a LibraryThing Author.

 

Help/FAQs | About | Privacy/Terms | Blog | Contact | LibraryThing.com | APIs | WikiThing | Common Knowledge | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | 89,503,938 books! | Top bar: Always visible