If one were ever to take up a fledgling career as a gentleman thief, these were undoubtedly the days in which to do it. No worries about finger prints, or forensic evidence, the ability to use the simplest tools and merely having to watch for the bobby on the beat rather than thinking about CCTV. It's all very gentlemanly indeed.
Raffles is a young man about town, a top drawer sportsman and all round bon viveur. His lifestyle is kept up by the odd priceless jewel theft or smuggling artistic masterpieces and it's all very much ruled by a thieves code. Bunny, his ambivalent side kick narrates these stories with a mixture of horror and admiration and it makes for a very strange bunch of short stories. I can see the parallels with Sherlock Holmes, and I thought I would enjoy looking at the other side of the law for a change, but I have to confess to preferring the, in my opinion, more complex figure of Holmes to the infinitely more slightly drawn Raffles.