rivals of sherlockThank you to those Balladeer’s Blog readers who reminded me that I hadn’t provided a post with the links to ALL my reviews of the episodes of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. That was a 1971-1973 British television series which adapted Victorian Age and Edwardian Age stories about detectives other than Sherlock Holmes.


masc graveyard smallerA MESSAGE FROM THE DEEP SEA – R Austin Freeman’s police surgeon detective Doctor John Evelyn Thorndyke (created in 1907) uses his unique talents to investigate the murder of a London prostitute. Click HERE.

THE WOMAN IN THE BIG HAT – Molly Robertson-Kirk aka Lady Molly of Scotland Yard, was created by THE Baroness Orczy in 1910. In this mystery she solves the murder of a man left poisoned in a public eatery by the title suspect. Click HERE

THE AFFAIR OF THE AVALANCHE BICYCLE & TYRE CO. LTD – Arthur Morrison’s 1897 creation Horace Dorrington, a roguish and frequently dishonest private investigator, gets to the bottom of the public stock offering from a mysterious new corporation which may be running a scam. Click HERE.

THE RIPENING RUBIES – Bernard Sutton, a jeweler who solves mysteries, was created by Max Pemberton in 1894. In this case he solves a series of spectacular jewel thefts in London high society. Click HERE.

MADAME SARA – In 1902 L.T. Meade (Elizabeth Thomasina Meade Smith) and Robert Eustace published this first of six mysteries pitting their detective Dixon Druce against Madame Sara, a female combination of Professor Moriarty and Dr Fu Manchu. Click HERE.

THE HORSE OF THE INVISIBLE – William Hope Hodgson’s 1910 supernatural detective Thomas Carnacki is called in to determine if a murderous horse that has haunted multiple generations of the Hisgins family is real or is a cover for human malefactors. Click HERE.

THE AFFAIR OF THE TORTOISE, THE CASE OF LAKER: ABSCONDED, and THE CASE OF THE DIXON TORPEDO – These three mysteries featuring Arthur Morrison’s 1894 creation Martin Hewitt were covered in this one review. Click HERE

THE MISSING WITNESS SENSATION – Blind detective Max Carrados, created in 1914 by Ernest Bramah, investigates a murder committed during the robbery of a post office and becomes a target of the perpetrators. Click HERE.

THE DUCHESS OF WILTSHIRE’S DIAMONDS – In 1897 Guy Boothby launched his gimmick detective, Klimo aka Simon Carne. Simon Carne, who fakes having a hunchback, robs from the filthy rich and then pretends to “solve” the thefts in his other identity – the eccentric detective Klimo. Click HERE.

THE ASSYRIAN REJUVENATOR – Private Investigator and con man Romney Pringle, created by R Austin Freeman in 1902, investigates a criminal conspiracy involving medical fakery. Click HERE.

THE CASE OF THE MIRROR OF PORTUGAL – Another mystery featuring Horace Dorrington. The ruthless and often amoral detective solves the theft of a priceless diamond which has brought tragedy upon all its owners. Click HERE.


FIVE HUNDRED CARATS – In danger-fraught Kimberley, South Africa, George Griffith’s 1893 detective Inspector Leo Lipinzki investigates a murder which is linked to the seemingly impossible theft of the heavily guarded De Beers Diamond. Click HERE.

THE MYSTERIOUS DEATH ON THE UNDERGROUND RAILWAY – Female reporter Polly Burton, created in 1909 by Baroness Orczy, looks into the mysterious death of an unidentified woman on the London Underground. Click HERE.

THE ABSENT MINDED COTERIE – Robert Barr’s expatriate French private detective Eugene Valmont, created in 1904, investigates a murder tied to a London counterfeiting ring. Click HERE.

THE SENSIBLE ACTION OF LIEUTENANT HOLST – Police Detective Eigil Holst was created in 1903 by Danish author Palle Rosenkrantz. This mystery lands him in the middle of a career-threatening case involving a potential international incident. Click HERE.

ANONYMOUS LETTERS – Austrian writer Balduin Groller’s Viennese detective Dagobert Trostler, created in 1895, investigates a series of vulgar blackmail letters being sent to a pair of Austrian Countesses. Click HERE.

THE LOOTING OF THE SPECIE ROOM – This 1900 story was the first case of C.J. Cutcliffe-Hyne’s seagoing detective Chief Purser Eli Horrocks. The amateur crime solver tries to deduce how half a shipment of gold was stolen while the ship transporting it was at sea. Click HERE.

THE MYSTERY OF THE AMBER BEADS – Fergus Hume’s 1898 female Gypsy detective Hagar Stanley tries to clear a woman falsely accused of murdering her landlady in order to steal her amber beads. Click HERE.

THE SECRET OF THE MAGNIFIQUE – International spymaster J.T. Laxworthy, created in 1912 by Edward Phillips Oppenheim, runs an operation against a French warship armed with a new kind of torpedo. Click HERE

THE MISSING Q.Cs. – Defense attorney and star Cricket player Charles Dallas investigates the mid-trial disappearance of both the defense and prosecution Queen’s Counsels. Dallas was created by John Oxenham in 1898. Click HERE

THE SECRET OF THE FOXHUNTER – British secret agent Duckworth Drew of the Foreign Office, created in 1903 by William Le Queux, infiltrates a High Society foxhunt to solve mysterious espionage activities involving some of the participants. Click HERE.

THE SUPERFLUOUS FINGER and CELL 13 – Two mysteries featuring Jacques Futrelle’s 1905 creation Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen, also called the Thinking Machine. In the first one he solves murder and fraud involving a mysterious woman and in the second investigates a supposedly escape-proof prison. Click HERE.

THE MOABITE CIPHER – R Austin Freeman’s Doctor John Evelyn Thorndyke is back, this time solving a mysterious death as well as a coded message in an ancient language. Click HERE. BONUS: In this same blog post I provide a recap of the much later BBC radio series about even more Rivals of Sherlock Holmes.

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