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Four Max Carrados Detective Stories

Ernest Bramah

Book Overview: 

Ernest Bramah is mainly known for his ‘Kai Lung’ books – Dorothy L Sayers often used quotes from them for her chapter headings. In his lifetime however he was equally well known for his detective stories. Since Sherlock Holmes we have had French detectives, Belgian detectives, aristocratic detectives, royal detectives, ecclesiastical detectives, drunken detectives and even a (very) few quite normal happily married detectives. Max Carrados was however probably the first blind detective.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He was surly and irritable under the ordeal. I want you to see the case from all sides."

"He called the signalman—Mead—a 'lying young dog,' across the room,
I believe. Now, Mead, what is he like? You have seen him, of course?"

"Yes. He does not impress me favourably. He is glib, ingratiating, and distinctly 'greasy.' He has a ready answer for everything almost before the question is out of your mouth. He has thought of everything."

"And now you are going to tell me something, Louis," said Carrados encouragingly.

Mr. Carlyle laughed a little to cover an involuntary movement of surprise.

"There is a suggestive line that was not touched at the inquiries," he admitted. "Hutchins has been a saving man all his life, and he has received good wages. Among his class he is regarded as wealthy. I daresay that he has five hundred pounds in the bank. He is. . . Read More

Community Reviews

The fourth story, "The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor" was worth the whole book. I enjoy a good robbery mystery as a relief from the noir tones of a murder, and the two murder stories were quite grim. The opening story, another robbery, was basically just an introduction to the blind detective whos

The Four Max Carrados Detective Stories are:
. The Coin of Dionysius;
. The Knight's Cross Signal Problem;
. The Tragedy at Bookbend Cottage;
. The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor.

Until I read the other reviews about this book on Goodreads, I had thought these were all very well known short stories. App

2.75 stars

So, how do you one-up Sherlock Holmes, the sleuth who seems to know everything and is never, ever (well hardly ever) wrong? Make your detective blind of course! Ernest Bramah went ahead and did that with his character Max Carrados, a man blinded during an unfortunate riding accident whose

I got this collection in a collection of mystery stories for my Kindle. It is the first thing I have ever read of Ernest Gramah and while I enjoyed his style of writing, I wasn't taken too much with these stories. The only one I thoroughly enjoyed was the 3rd one. The other 3 were just so-so for me.

Not very impressed with these. Max is a small child's idea of a super-sleuth; he just knows everything. We never get enough clues ourselves to follow along, his leaps of logic are largely unjustified, and his endings are far too pat. The last story in this collection really sealed the fate of the wh

Andy Minter's reading is excellent (and he will be sadly missed), but the period typical racism in story 2 and sexism in story 3 were both off-putting. I also didn't like how much information was withheld from the reader - it made the endings feel a little like a cheat.

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