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Best Max Carrados Detective Stories [Reading] ➷ Best Max Carrados Detective Stories By Ernest Bramah – Thomashillier.co.uk 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 mushr The coin of Dionysius The Carrados Detective PDF ↠ 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 ghost at Massingham mansions The tragedy at Brookbend cottage The last exploit of Harry the actor The ingenious Mr Spinola.


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  1. Bev Bev says:

    Max Carrados is a blind detective who owes his ability to solve mysteries to the honing of his other senses He relies on his profound senses of hearing, smell, and touch to aid him in seeing what others miss His abilities do tend towards the super power side of things especially his supposed ability to read print if it has made enough of an impression on the page and the font is large enough But the stories are interesting enough and I m willing to suspend my disbelief for them As with Max Carrados is a blind detective who owes his ability to solve mysteries to the honing of his other senses He relies on his profound senses of hearing, smell, and touch to aid him in seeing what others miss His abilities do tend towards the super power side of things especially his supposed ability to read print if it has made enough of an impression on the page and the font is large enough But the stories are interesting enough and I m willing to suspend my disbelief for them As with all short story collections, the Best Max Carrados Detective Stories has a mixed bag of proficiency giving the collection for a mid range rating My favorites are The Knight s Cross Signal Problem, The Disappearance of Marie Severe, and The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage A run down of the stories The Coin of Dionysius This appears to be the first case in which Carlyle consults Carrados He is relying on Carrados s knowledge of coins and special skills to help him determine if a rare coin is real or fake The Knight s Cross Signal Problem When a train accident occurs, the signalman swears that the signal showed red for danger and the engineer swears it was green for proceed They are both right and Carrados proves how this can be The Mystery of the Vanished Petition Crown Another rare coin case This time it disappears at auction and it looks like either a young female journalist or the attendant who showed her the coin must be the thief Carrados, naturally, can see other options The Holloway Flat Tragedy Mr Poleash comes to Carlyle with a story of a jealous lover of a shop girl he Poleash has flirted with and spurned when she pressed him for marriage He s married He s sure the man is out to get him When Poleash is found dead, Carrados suspects a much deeper plot The Disappearance of Marie Severe Inspector Beedel asks for Carrados s help in the case of a missing schoolgirl Carrados not only discovers the secret of the girl s whereabouts, but helps bring her family back together The Mystery of the Poisoned Dish of Mushrooms A young boy dies from poisoning Did his uncle slip poisoned mushrooms into his food so he could inherit in the boy s place Carrados doesn t believe the police are seeing the whole picture The Ghost at Massingham Mansions Instead of haunting a spooky old house, this ghost haunts a fairly new building of apartments Its favorite occupations are turning on the gas lamps and running a bath Carrados doesn t believe in ghosts but who could be lighting the gas and running the water in an empty locked apartment The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage Lt Hollyer is convinced that Mr Creake married his sister for her money and asks Carrados for his help The detective discovers a sinister plot to do away with Mrs Creake and they must act fast to prevent it from being carried out The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor A mystery featuring the robbery from several safe deposit boxes in a Lucas Street depository known colloquially as The Safe To gain access, box holders must pass through several barriers both real locks and bars as well as secret passwords known only to the owners Carrados uses his extraordinary senses to quickly solve the puzzle The Ingenious Mr Spinola Mr Spinola is said to be a great mathematician and inventor He has produced an automaton that can play rubicon piquet and win with astonishing regularity Is it a legitimate enterprise or an elaborate swindle Or neither Carrados can tell us.First posted on my blog My Reader s Block Please request permission before reposting Thanks


  2. James Hold James Hold says:

    BEST MAX CARRADOS DETECTIVE STORIES by Ernest Bramah OMG, where to begin If these represent his 10 best stories then I pity the fool who reads the worst ones.We start with The Coin of Dionysus where Carlyle must determine if a coin if fake He ends up going to Max, who is blind Max licks the coin with his tongue and tells Carlyle a complete history of the coin and who is behind the forgery Not a shred of evidence is offered You just have to take his word for it.Next is The Knight s Cro BEST MAX CARRADOS DETECTIVE STORIES by Ernest Bramah OMG, where to begin If these represent his 10 best stories then I pity the fool who reads the worst ones.We start with The Coin of Dionysus where Carlyle must determine if a coin if fake He ends up going to Max, who is blind Max licks the coin with his tongue and tells Carlyle a complete history of the coin and who is behind the forgery Not a shred of evidence is offered You just have to take his word for it.Next is The Knight s Cross Signal Problem A train accident occurs Both the driver and the signalman claim they are in the right Max investigates He finds a home that once rented a room to a man from India He has his servant read him a notice on a billboard We are not told what the notice says Max summons the Indian to his room, confronts him with the crime something to do with securities and embezzlement again no evidence is presented and the Indian confesses The closest we get to an explanation of how it was done is that Max finds the Indian had a headlamp made from green glass After that the reader is on his own to figure it out Worse, Max allows the Indian to commit suicide rather than face the gallows How this clears the driver and signalman I ll never know At one point in the story Carlyle says to Max, I don t believe that you have treated me quite fairly Amen to that If you withhold all information from the reader then you are definitely treating everyone unfair The Holloway Flat Tragedy starts well with Carlyle being visited by a client on whom a murder has been attempted, someone having stabbed his pillow and bedsheet while he was out Several days later the murder is successful Only then Max enters the picture and things come to a grinding halt It turns out to be the usual deal of wife wants husband killed so she can be with her lover yada yada yada Blind Max bumbles around the room and knocks a picture frame from the mantle, breaking the glass Max at the end reveals he lifted a fingerprint from the glass Why Why not confiscate the frame intact Why not dust it for prints right there Wouldn t breaking it into pieces lessen the chance of finding prints Who knows But the capper or crapper to beaccurate comes in the final three paragraphsBut the great mistake the vital oversight the alarm signal to my perceptions Yes The sheet and bolster case that so convincingly turned up to clinch your client s tale once and for all demolished it They had never been on Poleash s bed What a natural thing for a woman to take them from her own, and yet how fatal I sensed that damning fact as soon as I had them in my hands Did everyone get that Max simply sensed that it was wrong It nicely dispenses with the need for evidence, or deductions, or actual proof if all you have to do is sense the situation It also helps the author if he doesn t have to come up with a logical explanation for things Just throw anything against the wall, don t drop any hints for the reader to pick up on, and then sense your conclusions I don t understand the appeal of this guy or how the editor could compare him to Holmes or Thorndyke, unless you mean he s another smug, insufferable twit with no redeeming qualities other than his eccentricities are in someway supposed to strike us as charming.Bottom line is Ernest Bramah spends so much time trying to be clever that he forgets to make sense Bramah is an apt name here because the stories are a lot of bull


  3. Ivonne Rovira Ivonne Rovira says:

    All the same, Max, I don t think that you have treated me quite fairly, protested Carlyle, getting over his first surprise and passing to a sense of injury Here we are and I know nothing, absolutely nothing, of the whole affair From The Knight s Cross Signal Problem That s pretty much how readers will feel when reading the 10 short stories gathered in this re release of a 1972 anthology of Ernest Bramah s blind detective, Max Carrados Braham spends nearly as much time is spent in each talAll the same, Max, I don t think that you have treated me quite fairly, protested Carlyle, getting over his first surprise and passing to a sense of injury Here we are and I know nothing, absolutely nothing, of the whole affair From The Knight s Cross Signal Problem That s pretty much how readers will feel when reading the 10 short stories gathered in this re release of a 1972 anthology of Ernest Bramah s blind detective, Max Carrados Braham spends nearly as much time is spent in each tale marveling at how the blind Carrados can read newspaper headlines by feeling the newsprint, know due to his other senses what people have in their pockets, and other impossible feats as he spends on the actual investigation Author Bramah never plays fair with readers, providing them noclues than he passes on to Carrados private detective pal Mr Carlyle Bramah published his first Max Carrados book in 1914 and continued the stories into the 1930s Inexplicably, these stories were pretty popular in their day, sometimes outselling Sherlock Holmes stories However, modern audiences are likely to find Carrados disappointing since his revelations at the end of each short story seem to come out of nowhere I give Bramah credit for being incredibly ahead of his time on both race and imperialism, but otherwise his descent into obscurity is entirely understandable.In the interest of full disclosure, I received this book from NetGalley and Dover Publications in exchange for an honest review


  4. Jessi Jessi says:

    The claim to fame of Max Carrados is that he is blind Blind detective, it s been done but Max was one of the first His adventures are somewhat interesting but some of the solutions seem like great leaps of logic I enjoyed the first few stories in the book but then it got sort of convoluted Good example of the time period but maybe not my faves.


  5. Kay Kay says:

    Bramah was probably best known for his wonderful Kai Lung stories and for being a complete recluse A man of diverse talents, he wrote compelling detective stories, hard to describe refined tales of oriental charm, humorous stories, and science fiction supernatural tales It was quite a range, and as far as I can tell, he was as accomplished in one genre as another.The Max Carrados stories are in the work with me on this one vein the central character is a blind detective Unlike Sax Rohme Bramah was probably best known for his wonderful Kai Lung stories and for being a complete recluse A man of diverse talents, he wrote compelling detective stories, hard to describe refined tales of oriental charm, humorous stories, and science fiction supernatural tales It was quite a range, and as far as I can tell, he was as accomplished in one genre as another.The Max Carrados stories are in the work with me on this one vein the central character is a blind detective Unlike Sax Rohmer s blind dream detective, Moris Klaw, however, there s no supernatural component to Carrados skills Instead, he relies purely on the refinement of his other senses and on brain power What s striking about the tales is how believable Bramah makes his detective s ability to solve cases seem Max Carrados is a compelling creation, the sort of fictional character you want to meet in real life This book is a trusty Dover editions three cheers for Dover Thrift Editions with a succinct introduction by the omniscient in matters of genre fiction E.F Bleiler.Note to self I should read a biography of Braham I m sure a good biography of him would be as sensational and intriguing as his mysteries


  6. Lee Ann Lee Ann says:

    These were not very good The blind detective with superhuman powers was just too contrived and too clever by half I read two stories and they just weren t very interesting.


  7. Debbie Debbie says:

    The Best Max Carrados Detective Stories is a collection of 10 short mystery stories set in the early 20th century These are clever, clue based mysteries The solutions aren t usually clear until Max explains it, though all the clues were available.What makes Max Carrados unique is that he s blind, though he turns this into a strength rather than a weakness He looks beyond the obvious and can perceive things that sighted people don t He s also very well informed and so might consider a possi The Best Max Carrados Detective Stories is a collection of 10 short mystery stories set in the early 20th century These are clever, clue based mysteries The solutions aren t usually clear until Max explains it, though all the clues were available.What makes Max Carrados unique is that he s blind, though he turns this into a strength rather than a weakness He looks beyond the obvious and can perceive things that sighted people don t He s also very well informed and so might consider a possibility that others wouldn t even know to consider I enjoyed all of the stories, and I d highly recommend this collection.The included stories The Coin of DionysiusThe Knight s Cross Signal ProblemThe Mystery of the Vanished Petition CrownThe Holloway Flat TragedyThe Disappearance of Marie SevereThe Mystery of the Poisoned Dish of MushroomsThe Ghost at Massingham MansionsThe Tragedy at Brookbend CottageThe Last Exploit of Harry the ActorThe Ingenious Mr SpinolaI received an ebook review copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley


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