Thursday, February 14, 2013
Recollections of a Detective Police Officer
Recollections of a Detective Police Officer by "Waters" (William Russell) is listed in Howard Haycraft's book Murder for Pleasure: The Life and Times of the Detective Story as "the first English detective yellow-back". I can't find out about this book or its author except that the book was published in 1856. It is available to read online, so I'm exploring it to delve more into the history of mystery fiction.
Its style is old-fashioned, as one would expect, but not at all difficult to read or off-putting. It puts one quite nicely in the mind of its place and time. It maintains my interest, and I can understand why this type of book was so popular in its day.
The picture at the top of the post came from Yesterday's Papers.