Old Stories Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah

The Best Max Carrados Detective Stories by Ernest Bramah, 1972 (Dover Mystery Classics, Kindle Edition)

Both the author and character here are new to me, and I was glad to make their acquaintance. The  thing that makes this detective distinct is his blindness. It seems impossible that a blind detective / investigator could solve crimes, but a combination of his other senses having heightened reception and his familiarity with the ways of the world allow him to “see” through situations that confound other investigators. A lot of fun.

“The Coin of Dionysius”
“The Knight’s Cross Signal Problem”
“The Mystery of the Vanished Petition Crown”
“The Holloway Flat Tragedy”
“The Disappearance of Marie Severe”
“The Mystery of the Poisoned Dish of Mushrooms”
“The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage”
“The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor”
“The Ingenious Mr. Spinola”
plus Note on Sources

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15 Responses to Old Stories Max Carrados by Ernest Bramah

  1. tracybham says:

    I have not read any of the Max Carrados stories, but I had heard about them. I will have to remedy that after I get through a few of my short story collections.

  2. Steve Oerkfitz says:

    Never read these. I have a vague memory of reading a fantasy by him based in China that was part of the old Del Rey Adult Fantasy series in the early 70’s.

  3. Jerry House says:

    The Max Carrados stories, like many others of the time (The Old Man in the Corner, The Thinking Machine, Dr. Thorndyke, Cleek, Craig Kennedy, etc.) can still be read today and enjoyed — something that can not be said of many works of that era.

    BTW, the book Steve was referring to was one of Bramah’s Kai Lung collections of oriental fantasies. There wer, I believe six books in the series and Lin carter reprinted three of them in Ballantine’s Adult Fantasy line.

  4. Jeff Meyerson says:

    I first read these when Dover came out with their series of trade paperbacks in the ’70s. (The Carrados was published in 1972.) I no longer have those editions (they did Freeman and Orczy and others too), but have since read a “complete” collection of the Carrados stories. There were three collections:
    Max Carrados (1914)
    The Eyes of Max Carrados (1923)
    Max Carrados Mysteries (1927)

  5. ROGER ALLEN says:

    In fact, Wordsworth Editions published the complete Max Carrados stories a few years ago. If it isn’t in print, it should still be easy to find.
    Bramah’s Chinoiserie Kai Lung stories are also good, but not detective stories.

  6. I’ve read some of the Max Carrados stories, but not all of them. I may take Roger Allen’s comment about the Wordsworth Editions to buy the complete set. Now, to find time to read them…

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