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The Darke Chronicles: Tales of a Victorian Puzzle-Solver [Kindle Edition]

David Stuart Davies
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The Darke Chronicles introduces the aristocratic and flamboyant Victorian detective Luther Darke, who tackles mysteries which have baffled Scotland Yard and are seemingly unexplained. The cases featured here take Darke into a world of deception, murderous sleights of hand, spiritualism, vampires, curses and phantoms in fin de siecle London. This volume, a treat for all fans of vintage crime fiction, features seven of Darke's most challenging and chilling investigations. If you like Sherlock Holmes, then you will love Luther Darke.

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About the Author

David Stuart Davies is the editor of "Sherlock Magazine" and an expert on Sherlock Holmes, having written five novels, film books, and plays featuring the character. He also edits the Crime Writers' Association's monthly "Red Herrings" magazine, and is the author of "Brothers in Blood" and the Johnny Hawke novels, "Forests of the Night" and "Without Conscience."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 409 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Publisher: The Mystery Press (15 Feb. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HBU22HQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #316,979 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Light from the Darke 2 Oct. 2014
DSD has created a want-more character in Luther Darke; a blend of several 19th century sleuths: amateur, professional and consulting. It might be petty to say I expected no less from one of my personal minor gods but all my expectations (and more) were met
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4.0 out of 5 stars New short stories 26 July 2014
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I thought these were light and enjoyable short stories, set in late Victorian -early Edwardian times. The language feels right and care has been taken with the ideas. The only bugbear for me was the amount of alcohol consumed by the lead character.
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1.0 out of 5 stars light fare-really light 29 Sept. 2014
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Appropriate for early teen audiences. I don't know why authors insist on inserting anachronistic liberal 21st century social views into their characters. Wrecks the ambiance of "Victorian" claimed in the sub-title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Smashing Debut for Luther Darke, Private Detective!! 21 April 2014
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David Stuart Davies is a well-recognized expert on Sherlock Holmes, with a number of finely executed novels of Holmes pastiche already published and a couple of detective series of his own creation.

This book introduces through seven short stories the new character, Luther Darke, a Victorian private detective with Holmesian traits who assists Scotland Yard in solving the most bizarre and puzzling crimes. Darke is an artist and eccentric, with Holmes' gift for ferreting out the facts and drawing the right deductions, even when the circumstances appear to be supernatural and beyond human abilities to decipher.

Highly entertaining, and recommended to all fans of Holmes and the British detective story.
5.0 out of 5 stars High quality detective stories in the classic tradition 19 July 2014
By Bert C. Mccollum - Published on
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An outstanding collection of classic locked room mysteries in the grand old style of the"Golden Age" masters. With their darkly (no pun intended) enigmatic investigator, Victorian London setting, crimes ingeniously planned and even more ingeniously solved these stories could easily have come from the pen of John Dixon Carr. I hope there will be many more Luther Darke tales in the near future.
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