Enormous congratulations are due to Dr. Clare Clarke on the publication this week of her second monograph British Detective Fiction 1891-1901 The Successors to Sherlock Holmes (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020).
Clare’s book opens up the world of detective fiction that emerged after Conan Doyle brutally killed off Holmes and it stimulates our understanding of how the genre of detective fiction developed at this critical fin de siècle period.
“In this brilliant, incisive study of late Victorian detective fiction, Clarke emphatically shows us there is life beyond Sherlock Holmes. Rich in contextual detail and with her customary eye for the intricacies of publishing history, Clarke’s wonderfully accessible book brings to the fore a collection of hitherto neglected writers simultaneously made possible but pushed to the margins by Conan Doyle’s most famous creation.”
— Andrew Pepper,, Senior Lecturer in English and American Literature, Queen's University, Belfast
Professor Clarke's superb new book, British Detective : The Successors to Sherlock Holmes, is required reading for anyone interested in Victorian crime and detective fiction. Building on her award-winning first monograph, Late-Victorian Crime Fiction in the Shadows of Sherlock, Dr. Clarke further explores the history of serial detective fiction published after the "death" of Conan Doyle's famous detective in 1893. This is a path-breaking book that advances scholarship in the field of late-Victorian detective fiction while at the same time introducing non-specialist readers to a treasure trove of stories that indeed rival the Sherlock Holmes series in their ability to puzzle and entertain the most discerning reader.
— Alexis Easley, Professor of English, University of St.Paul, Minnesota https://www.palgrave.com/gp/book/9781137595621