"The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes" is an interesting collection of stories edited and collected by Graeme Davis. It encompasses multiple stories by famous and well-known authors Poe, Dickens, Leroux, etc. All of the stories revolve around mysteries and the detective genre, in similar stylings as some of the Sherlock Holmes mysteries. The anthology is both engaging and interesting and continues to compel readers who are interested in not only the detective type mysteries but also such classic and well-regarded authors.
Personally, I quite enjoyed the ones written by Poe and Leroux. The stories contain well-written characters and dynamic plots that may keep you guessing while you unravel each of the mysteries. On the other hand, I felt that the anthology lacked some organizational and cohesive quality. It was an interesting idea in essence but ended up as a somewhat weird combination of classic mystery stories and actual information or backstory. While the information is educational and connects the reader to the author and story, it doesn't necessarily meld well and somewhat detracts from the organization of the whole anthology. Although, it is an interesting collection of how these mystery type stories both evolved and kept some elements over the years, through basically the 1800s, I also felt like this anthology doesn't really have that much to do with Sherlock Holmes either, other than that they are in the same genre and Doyle's stories are some of the more famous classical literature of that genre.
While it is an interesting anthology, if you are looking for something new and different, this might not be for you, especially seeing as the stories are written in such a specific way, which would be normal for the authors and time period, but may cause it to be slightly difficult to be easily understood by casual readers today.
This masterful collection of seventeen classic
mystery stories, dating from 1837 to 1914, traces the
earliest history of popular detective
Today, the figure of Sherlock
Holmes towers over detective fiction like a colossusâ€”but it
was not always so. Edgar Allan Poe\'s French detective
Dupin, the hero of \"The Murders in the Rue Morgue,\"
anticipated Holmes\' deductive reasoning by more than forty
years with his \"tales of ratiocination.\" In A Study in
Scarlet, the first of Holmes\' adventures, Doyle
acknowledged his debt to Poeâ€”and to Ă‰mile Gaboriau, whose
thief-turned-detective Monsieur Lecoq debuted in France
twenty years earlier.
If \"Rue Morgue\" was the first
true detective story in English, the title of the first
full-length detective novel is more hotly contested. Two
books by Wilkie Collinsâ€”The Woman in White (1859)
and The Moonstone (1868)â€”are often given that
honor, with the latter showing many of the features that
came to identify the genre: a locked-room murder in an
English country house; bungling local detectives outmatched
by a brilliant amateur detective; a large cast of suspects
and a plethora of red herrings; and a final twist before the
truth is revealed. Others point to Mary Elizabeth Braddon\'s
The Trail of the Serpent (1861) or Aurora
Floyd (1862), and others still to The Notting Hill
Mystery (1862-3) by the pseudonymous \"Charles
As the early years of detective fiction gave
way to two separate golden agesâ€”of hard-boiled tales in
America and intricately-plotted, so-called \"cozy\" murders
in Britainâ€”the legacy of Sherlock Holmes, with his fierce
devotion to science and logic, gave way to street smarts on
the one hand and social insight on the otherâ€”but even though
these new sub-genres went their own ways, their detectives
still required the intelligence and clear-sightedness that
characterized the earliest works of detective fiction: the
trademarks of Sherlock Holmes, and of all the detectives
featured in these pages.