Elementary, my dear reader! In this excellent collection of fifteen thrilling and fascinating detective stories published in England from 1890 to 1914, you'll find such intriguing sleuths as Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen (aka The Thinking Machine), Carnacki the Ghost Finder, Hagar of the Pawn Shop, undercover pro Loveday Brooke, and the early-twentieth-century techno wonder Craig Kennedy. Like Sherlock Holmes, these exceedingly capable men and women employ the power of close observation, shrewd deduction, sharp wit, general cleverness, and the occasional disguise to solve crimes, investigate paranormal activities, plan impossible escapes, and much more. Each satisfying selection begins with a brief bio of the author and most include an explanation by editor Nick Rennison of why the particular story was chosen from the author's oeuvre. This unique anthology of works by Arthur Conan Doyle's contemporaries is a shimmering gem from "the Golden Age of Gaslight Crime."