The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuth and Private Eye Stories is a masterful collection of new stories from this beloved genre. For lovers of characters like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple, and Philip Marlowe this collection will bring you new mysteries that you can curl up with. You will be on the edge of your seat as murders and mysteries unfold.
As a mystery lover I immediately wanted to check out this book once I saw the title. I love mysteries so much I even spent two years studying British detectives and both fictional and factual Victorian London. This collection has something for everyone with tales of stolen artifacts, serial murders, and deadly and dangerous events. Each of the authors has taken care to create stories that will keep you wondering and like any good mystery you will find yourself puzzling over just what the solution might be. These mysteries focus on the investigators that often slip under the radar or whose knowledge seems to rival even the most well trained of police detectives. Let yourself be wowed by the marvelous minds in these stories.
“The Mystery of the Missing Vermeer” fits right within my comfort zone for mystery reading with a London theme and mentions of Scotland Yard. James Henry Murgatroyd feels like Sherlock Holmes in his appearance, but his skills tie more into spatial knowledge. As the story evolves you will be struck by the elements of a locked room mystery focused on a missing painting. In a twist, “Dodie Golightly and the Ghost of Cock Lane” involves a ghost mystery, but also a ghostly assistant. Our lead character communicates with a ghost named Cassandra who assists her in her work, even though no one else can see her. The story moves between the two characters points of view, which allows the reader to learn more about what has happened in the past surrounding the mysterious appearance of a ghostly being. I found this one both dark in terms of some story elements, but this was balanced by the bright personalities of Dodie and Cassandra. “Around the World in Five Serial Murders” follows a criminal profiler as she examines murders that fit a profile, but bounce around to various tourist attractions in various countries. The scenes were are so eerie to envision and the ending was shocking. If you are looking for a good mystery The Book of Extraordinary Amateur Sleuths and Private Eye Stories is full of them. You can get your copy today!