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It is what it says it is
on 14 March 2012
What you get are the 'memoirs' of several cases, by one of Glasgow's detectives. These are not "whodunnits" or mysteries ...they are more like procedurals, with any tension in the "how" of the crimes, their detection, the pursuit of those responsible and/or the building of prosecutions. Ms Wilson has added details from other sources, including some that the policeman omits, as an appendix. As edited, he comes across as a worldly Victorian gent, with a dry wit mitigating his pomposity, telling stories about some of his adventures in Darkest Glasgow, suitably selected and presented for polite company... I'd like to ply him with whisky and cigars, once the ladies have left the table, and hear more from him about his work and those he dealt with, or failing that, read the original `Personal Adventures of a Detective' (1894).
In short, this is an excellent digital version of a work you'd be hard-pressed to track down as a printed book, even if you knew it existed. It's properly formatted for Kindle, and well worth reading, both for pleasure and as a historical piece. I rate it especially highly because it represents what ebooks can do best; it's interesting, entertaining and much more easily and cheaply bought and read than any printed version could be.