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Max Carrados

Ernest Bramah

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Max Carrados is a blind detective who has developed his own remaining senses to a superior level and who has enlisted the superior observations skills of his butler to fill in for any deficiency of his own. His visual deficiency is no obstacle to solving the most difficult cases. As with some better known sleuths, Mr. Carrados' feats amaze, entertain and satisfy.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Drishna, dropping his affectation of unconcern as though electrified by the word, “do you mean—really blind—that you do not see me?”

“Alas, no,” admitted Carrados.

The Indian withdrew his right hand from his coat pocket and with a tragic gesture flung a heavy revolver down on the table between them.

“I have had you covered all the time, Mr Carrados, and if I had wished to go and you or your friend had raised a hand to stop me, it would have been at the peril of your lives,” he said, in a voice of melancholy triumph. “But what is the use of defying fate, and who successfully evades his destiny? A month ago I went to see one of our people who reads the future and sought to know the course of certain events. ‘You need fear no human eye,’ was the message given to me. Then she added: ‘But when the sightless sees the unseen, make your peace with Yama.’ And I thought she spoke o. . . Read More

Community Reviews

It’s easy to see why these books have aged badly compared to the contemporaneous Sherlock Holmes stories: the idea of a blind detective is, nowadays, just too implausible (I assume Edwardian readers were more credulous); and some of the later stories stretch credulity beyond breaking.

But the earl...more

This volume collects the first eight adventures of Ernest Bramah's titular blind detective and jolly entertaining they are too.

The stories collected are:

1. The Coin of Dionysus
2. The Knight’s Cross Signal Problem
3. The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage
4. The Clever Mrs. Straithwaite
5. The Last Exploit...more

More a 2.5 star. The writing is excellent, but most of the stories are a bit too far fetched. I did not finish the book, since I had other better options in hand. I would have probably read it all if I had nothing else available.

I grabbed this book of Amazon for my kindle after hearing about the character on an old radio quiz show called "Information Please." Max Carrados is a wealthy British man who takes up a job as a private detective, with a twist: he is blind.

Like most fictional blind characters, his other senses ha...more

Max Carrados is Sherlock Holmes-lite. Like Holmes, he has his amanuensis - the private detective, Carlyle. Like Holmes, Carrados deals in deduction, a necessary technique for a blind man. Often his ability out-Sherlocks his predecessor: a man wearing a false moustache is detected because Carrados...more

A Serious Competitor with Holmes?

At the time when Ernest Bramah’s stories about the blind detective Max Carrados appeared in the renowned “Strand Magazine” alongside those about the famous inhabitant of 221B Baker Street, Carrados’s adventures sometimes indeed outsold those of the world’s most we...more

First of all I would like to apologise in advance for the comparison to Sherlock Holmes when comparing Max Carrados as it does feel like an injustice to a blind detective against a character whose only flaws seem to lie in his personality/addictions. This book is just an underwhelming, diet versi...more

3.5 stars. Entertaining, well-written Edwardian-era detective short stories. The main characters aren't too deeply developed, and occasionally a story ends abruptly enough to leave you wondering what became of some of the participants after all, but if you enjoy this style of classic mystery they...more

Of the period, but still very enjoyable.

Entertaining but mild. There are bits of sound detection here and there but mostly these mysteries are highly improbable and many are outright jokes- and this is true of the later Carrados stories. The style is light and un serious, once in a while there is a moment of genuine wit but most of thi...more

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