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Victorian Detective Fiction?

Hey there! :D

I have recently read all of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes novels and short stories - and adored them! :3
And so, in keeping with the marathon of Victorian detective fiction that I've been reading these past few weeks, I'd love any recommendations of novels that are:

a) Victorian mysteries written in the era (anywhere from the mid 1800s to the early 1900s is awesome)
b) Similar setting and so on but written by modern authors (because I've read Philip Pullman's Ruby in the Smoke series and loved that too!)
c) If it's steampunk that's also fine!! :DD
d) Any novels that may be focused on other characters in Sherlock Holmes (e.g. from Lestrade's point of view perhaps? I don't know if these exist however... : / )
e) ANYTHING similar that you just want to recommend~ :DD

Hope you can help me - and thank you so much in advance! :3
PS: So sorry if someone has already posted this question in the recent past... D:,


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Mar. 7th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
It's not in any way related to Sherlock Holmes, but you may like Gail Carriger's Soulless. :)
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:33 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! :DDD
I shall take a look! :3
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:11 pm (UTC)
You might enjoy the Oscar Wilde Murder Mysteries series by Gyles Brandreth. The main character is, obviously, Oscar Wilde as the mystery-solving sleuth, but Arthur Conan Doyle himself features as trustworthy sidekick. There's three books so far, of which I've read two. They're simply delightful. :)
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
LOL Those sound quite awesome!
Thanks so much for your recommendation! :DDDD
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Mar. 7th, 2010 08:22 pm (UTC)
You might like Laurie King who also writes mysteries with Sherlock Holmes as the main character (of course it an older grumpier Holmes). And you might enjoy 'The Improbable Adventures of Sherlock Holmes' edited by John Joseph Adams. The stories have a touch of fantasy but they were good (Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Michael Moorcock, Laurie King, and Anne Perry are just some of the writers in this collection). Of course Anne Perry's mysteries are also Victorian and very good. Hope this helped.
Mar. 7th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much for your recommendations! :D
I'll definitely look into them!
Thank you!! :3
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Mar. 7th, 2010 09:21 pm (UTC)
Wilkie Collins wrote mystery/detective fiction in the Victorian era. I'd try Woman in White or Moonstone to start off.
Mar. 8th, 2010 12:15 am (UTC)
I'd recommend starting with The Moonstone, which is the stronger.
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Mar. 8th, 2010 08:33 am (UTC)
Oh, those sound interesting!! :DDD
Thanks so much for your recommendation! I appreciate it! :DD
Mar. 7th, 2010 10:52 pm (UTC)
Scottish writers represent, yo: Hogg's Confessions of a Justified Sinner (okay, a bit earlier than mid-1800s) and Stevenson's Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde both have elements of the detective genre (Jekyll and Hyde would be more exciting as a detective novel if the plot wasn't so bloody well known, but it's still a good book), although I'm not sure if that's what you're looking for.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
I've been meaning to read Jekyll and Hyde for a while now, so I'll definitely end up reading that!
Thanks so much for your recommendations!! :DDD
Mar. 8th, 2010 12:57 am (UTC)
Catherine Webb's books about Horatio Lyle.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:34 am (UTC)
Okay! Thanks for the recommendation! :D
Mar. 8th, 2010 01:24 am (UTC)
It's not a detective novel, but it deals with a mystery and it's Victorian and just a great book, so I'd recommend The Fingersmith by Sarah Waters.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Fantastic! Thank you!! :DDD

PS: Awesome icon~ :3
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Mar. 8th, 2010 02:18 am (UTC)
I just finished "Silent in the Grave" by Deanna Raybourn. Was a fun victorian mystery, and I believe she's written more of them.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:35 am (UTC)
Thanks for the recommendation; sounds interesting! I'll give it a look!
Thank you!! :3
Mar. 8th, 2010 02:43 am (UTC)
most of the amelia peabody mysteries by elizabeth peters are set in the victorian era.

carole nelson douglas wrote a series of books about irene adler. some of which guest star sherlock holmes
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:36 am (UTC)
Oh, wow! Thank you! These sound awesome, especially the last one!
Thank you very much!! :D
Mar. 8th, 2010 03:53 am (UTC)
I agree with the Wilkie Collins rec but would also add No Name. Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon is also really good.
Mar. 8th, 2010 08:37 am (UTC)
Awesome! Thank you so much for your recommendation! :DDD
Mar. 8th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
Also... in the vein of historic detective stories, tho not victorian: The Alienist and The Angel of Darkness, by Caleb Carr. Set in 1896 New York City.

Mar. 8th, 2010 05:08 pm (UTC)
Ooh, those sound interesting!
Thanks again! :DD
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Mar. 9th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
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For Holmes stories, I asked something similar a couple months ago here, and found another similar post at JournalFen here.

And because I've been going links, here's another that may or may not interest you: a top-ten list of literary detectives.
Mar. 9th, 2010 06:09 pm (UTC)
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I knew somebody MUST have recommended something similar~ Thank you for the link!! :DDD
Also thank you very much for the list of the top-ten detectives; that's going to be mega useful! :p
Thank you very much then for ALL the links; I really appreciate your help! :3
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Mar. 10th, 2010 10:06 pm (UTC)
I like the Charles Lenox series by Charles Finch -- A Beautiful Blue Death is the first one.

I also just read a fun book by Anna Dean called Bellfield Hall, which you'll probably like if you enjoy Jane Austen-style novels.
Mar. 11th, 2010 05:00 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much! :3
I appreciate your help! ^_^
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