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Suspense and Detective Fiction: Eight of the Best
on 17 May 2014
Did Wilkie Collins invent the detective novel? T.S. Eliot claimed that he did, not Edgar Allan Poe.
Collins' "sensation" novels were certainly gripping precursors of detective and suspense fiction. These eight are among the best of the 30 novels he published in the 1850s to 1880s. A Londoner born and bred, Collins was a lifelong friend of Charles Dickens (with whom he collaborated on plays and other fiction) and for a time outsold Dickens and was perhaps better known. After he died his reputation declined and he is far less well known today.
Given the quality and innovativeness of his work, his enthralling plots and his insightful analyses of social injustices of 19th Century Victorian England, it is good to see something of a revival in interest in him.
He is certainly well worth reading today and the current Kindle edition is a great place to start - its good formatting and excellent original illustrations make it a pleasure to read and an excellent introduction to the kind of innovative fiction that made Collins the very popular writer he was. I think you'll be delighted to have eight of his books at this bargain price!