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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

I loved this. I thought they were very fun and well written. I enjoy the characters and on reading the first story in this volume, I want to read as much Ernest Bramah as I can find. Perhaps at times these stories strain credulity, but to be frank, as long as I enjoy the writing, which I do here,...more

four interesting short stories featuring the blind detective.worth a read.

excellent...rivals sherlock homes

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 who...more

Mystery writer Ernest Bramah, a contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle's, differentiated his amateur detective from Sherlock Holmes and other sleuths of the day by making Max Carrados blind. The premise isn't quite as unbelievable as it initially sounds because Carrados is helped by a man-servant, Pa...more

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...more

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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