Craig Kennedy has been compared to Sherlock Holmes, like him solving scientific methods to solve crimes, the stories recorded by a faithful Watson-like companion, Walter Jameson. In fact Kennedy is actually more reliant on science than Holmes and relying less on deductive powers. With all the gadgets and inventions at times it is perhaps more like James Bond. To some the stories are not always as exciting as some would like but there are car chases and even boat chases aplenty. To me the fascination is with the whole idea of using science in this way generations before anyone thought of CSI. The stories are set around the time of the first world war. Radio waves, ballistics, X-rays, aeroplanes were all new and exciting. There is even an early form of dialysis used to clean the blood of a poison victim. It is this background which is perhaps sometime more interesting than the narrative itself.
Just a word about this particular edition. All the stories are available free of charge but some time and effort has been taken editing and formatting these, with a working table of contents. My only minor quibble is that the stories are not in any sort of chronological order. There are also tales in a similar vein, such as R. Austin Freeman's John Thorndyke, which may encourage the reader to try other works by these authors. This volume is certainly well worth the very small sale price.