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  • Paperback: 56 pages
  • Publisher: Shire Publications Ltd (9 Aug. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0747812837
  • ISBN-13: 978-0747812838
  • Product Dimensions: 15 x 0.6 x 21.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 193,507 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'A first-rate introduction ... splendidly illustrated, remarkably comprehensive and written with great authority.' --The Sherlock Holmes Society of London

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Alan Moss served thirty years in the Metropolitan Police, retiring as Chief Superintendent. He is the author, with Keith Skinner, of 'The Scotland Yard Files' (National Archives, 2006). Keith Skinner is an historical researcher who has co-authored several successful books, including The Jack the Ripper A-Z, The Official Encyclopedia of Scotland Yard and Jack the Ripper: Letters from Hell. He is an advisor and historical consultant to the Crime Museum in New Scotland Yard.


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. R. D. M. Kirby on 4 Sept. 2013
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What a little gem of a book this is; `little' being the operative word, since it's only 56 pages long.

But the length of `The Victorian Detective' hardly matters; it sparkles on every page and with a wide range of illustrations, it's informative but most importantly - it flows. The authors, Alan Moss and Keith Skinner, have crammed the book chock-a-block full of facts and with their combined writing skills, they have arrived at a highly readable account of the Metropolitan Police during the reign of Queen Victoria.

Did you know the Detective Branch was formed following an assassination attempt on the Queen, because after thirteen years in existence there were no detectives in the Force? No, and neither did I, but this event, plus the Fenian attacks on mainland Britain, the Trial of the Detectives and the `Jack the Ripper' murders are all collated in this `must-read' book.

Will Moss & Skinner be penning `The Edwardian Detective'? I hope so; I'll be the first in the queue.
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Useful and informative with plenty of visuals, like all the Shire series, but I would have loved a little more information about private detectives and detective agencies which sprang up at this time as well as about police detectives.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By MediaManUK on 4 Oct. 2013
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This book is one if many by these writers who have excellent insight into police matters from all parts of the history if the police in London and the UK. It would make a very interesting TV show. Look our fir more titles by these writers. A rewarding insight.
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By B. J. Rahn on 22 Aug. 2014
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Wonderful illustrations, informative text.
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The Early History of the British Police Detective! 10 Oct. 2013
By Michael OConnor - Published on Amazon.com
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Due to the Sherlock Holmes stories, the historical image of a London P.D. detective is that of a plodding, clueless bumbler. At the beginning of the Victorian age, London had no detective force yet in the coming decades, it developed a modern, effective crime-fighting force. How that force came to be is the subject of Alan Moss and Keith Skinner's fascinating THE VICTORIAN DETECTIVE.

A 2013 Shire Publications release, THE VICTORIAN DETECTIVE provides a comprehensive history that encompasses Bow Street officers, the creation of the Metropolitan Detective Branch, assassination attempts on Victoria, Jack the Ripper, terrorist explosions, developments in the use of fingerprints and bloodstains, etc. The story boasts a number of legendary detectives as Jonathan Whicher, Jerome Caminada, Maurice Moser, Frederick Abberline and Walter Dew along with such criminals as the aforementioned 'Saucy Jack,' John Francis, John Tawell, Daniel Good and Adam Worth, the actual 'Napoleon of Crime.'

The Moss and Skinner book is well-illustrated with vintage b&w and color photographs, illustrations and artwork that bring that period to life.

Though it's only 56 pages in length, THE VICTORIAN DETECTIVE is a rich, enjoyable historical jaunt through the development of London's professional detective force and a much-needed antidote to Holmes' bungling Lestrade, et al. Recommended.
I really like this book 12 July 2015
By Cece - Published on Amazon.com
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My only complaint is that the top left corner of the book was a little damaged when it arrived. Not pristine condition as advertised but not a big deal.

I really like this book! It takes you through the development of detective work and how it started and was carried out during the Victorian era. The writing style is a little hard to get into as it reads very much like a text book without personal flare, but that's just my opinion. I'm sure plenty of people will find it interesting, and I know I certainly will. Recommend for Victorian enthusiasts looking for a simple book on this subject. :)
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