"Vintage gems. . . . Overlooked and underappreciated mystery stories from the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries."
—Sarah Weinman, The New york Times Book Review
★ "Stellar collection of 13 classic stories from lesser-known authors. . . . Throughout, Sims’s choices, which showcase his encyclopedic knowledge of mystery fiction, range from good to great, and place welcome focus on the historic contributions of women to the genre. Even the most well-read mystery fans have good reason to check this out."
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"A must-read for any classic murder mystery fan."
—Town & Country
"A deliberately broad cross-section . . . including a near-equal mix of male and female authors of varied backgrounds. . . . These contemporaries of Poe, Collins, and Doyle . . . created clever, memorable characters who employed the technologies of their era, thrilling readers with the awful crime, the cat-and-mouse chase, and the triumph of order over chaos."
—Chris Scott, Chapter 16
"Entertaining, wide-ranging anthology . . . . Includes stories never before reprinted, rebellious early female detectives, and spotlights former stars of the crime field.”
—Pamela Brown, The North Salem Post