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Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler returns with a new anthology assembling Victorian society's lords and ladies and most miserable miscreants in these exhilarating mysteries. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL. Behind the velvet curtains of horsedrawn carriages and amid the soft glow of the gaslights are the detectives and bobbies sniffing out the safecrackers a Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler returns with a new anthology assembling Victorian society's lords and ladies and most miserable miscreants in these exhilarating mysteries. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL. Behind the velvet curtains of horsedrawn carriages and amid the soft glow of the gaslights are the detectives and bobbies sniffing out the safecrackers and petty purloiners who plague everything from the soot-covered side streets of London to the opulent manors of the countryside. With his latest title in the Big Book series, Otto Penzler is cracking cases and serving up the most thrilling, suspenseful Victorian mysteries. This collection brings together incredible stories from Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Guy de Maupassant among other legendary writers of the grand era of the British Empire. So brush off your dinner jackets and straighten out your ball gowns for these exciting, glitzy mysteries.


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Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler returns with a new anthology assembling Victorian society's lords and ladies and most miserable miscreants in these exhilarating mysteries. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL. Behind the velvet curtains of horsedrawn carriages and amid the soft glow of the gaslights are the detectives and bobbies sniffing out the safecrackers a Edgar Award-winning editor Otto Penzler returns with a new anthology assembling Victorian society's lords and ladies and most miserable miscreants in these exhilarating mysteries. A VINTAGE CRIME/BLACK LIZARD ORIGINAL. Behind the velvet curtains of horsedrawn carriages and amid the soft glow of the gaslights are the detectives and bobbies sniffing out the safecrackers and petty purloiners who plague everything from the soot-covered side streets of London to the opulent manors of the countryside. With his latest title in the Big Book series, Otto Penzler is cracking cases and serving up the most thrilling, suspenseful Victorian mysteries. This collection brings together incredible stories from Arthur Conan Doyle, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Guy de Maupassant among other legendary writers of the grand era of the British Empire. So brush off your dinner jackets and straighten out your ball gowns for these exciting, glitzy mysteries.

39 review for The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries

  1. 5 out of 5

    Lynn

    This book includes many favorite authors, and that’s what grabbed my attention initially. The comments by the editor, Otto Penzler, contributed to the value of the tome. While he acknowledges that some of the stories are more Edwardian in their composition, it is because the Victorian era style developed when the queen was a bit older. This work contains only pieces written during “her time on this side of the grass.” Before each tale, Penzler gives brief detail about the circumstances of the pub This book includes many favorite authors, and that’s what grabbed my attention initially. The comments by the editor, Otto Penzler, contributed to the value of the tome. While he acknowledges that some of the stories are more Edwardian in their composition, it is because the Victorian era style developed when the queen was a bit older. This work contains only pieces written during “her time on this side of the grass.” Before each tale, Penzler gives brief detail about the circumstances of the publication and background of the author and their works. As the title says, this is a big book, and it is full of mysteries. I read several of the mysteries, but I didn't do well with the Edwardian writing style. Overall, if you like Mysteries, you will enjoy these stories. This is the kind of book that is best read in chunks, and not continuously. A copy of The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries was provided to me by NetGalley and Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC, for an honest review.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Andréa

    Note: I accessed a digital review copy of this book through Edelweiss.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Linda Baker

    The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries is a comprehensive reference to the detective short stories published during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. While some of these stories were published earlier, the massive success of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' adventures kicked off a bumper crop of authors trying to match his success. In the Big Book, we see such literary luminaries as Charles Dickens, WilkieCollins, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and Guy de Maupassant trying their hands at the d The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries is a comprehensive reference to the detective short stories published during the Victorian and Edwardian Eras. While some of these stories were published earlier, the massive success of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes' adventures kicked off a bumper crop of authors trying to match his success. In the Big Book, we see such literary luminaries as Charles Dickens, WilkieCollins, Thomas Hardy, Oscar Wilde, and Guy de Maupassant trying their hands at the detective short story, to greater or lesser success. Most of the other authors were not so familiar, at least to me. Many are unknown to today's reader. Otto Penzler has written a brief introduction to each story with helpful background on the story and author. I was delighted to find the first mystery stories featuring the female detective, much different from today's market! It's impossible to pinpoint a favorite story in such a massive collection, but these display the panoply of British society from high to low and a considerable degree of inventiveness. It struck me that the authors and the British reading public must have had a fascination with all things "exotic," from fine jewels (usually from foreign lands) and unusual detectives with unusual methods. One even used an Indian snake-charmer to aid him in his investigations. I expect this fascination can be attributed to the immense expansion of the British Empire in the era. The Big Book of Victorian Mysteries is an invaluable addition to the shelf of the scholar, collector, and readers of detective stories. I highly recommend it as a "bedtime" book as well. Thanks to NetGalley and Black Lizard for an advance digital copy. The opinions are my own.

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