Despite being contemporary with the famous Si r Arthur Conan Doyle, Ernest Bramah's remarkable ability to write detective stories kept his work among the top favorite fiction stories similar to Sherlock Holmes.
Unlike his illustrious counterpart, however, Max Carrados - the hero of Bramah's stories - has been blinded by an unfortunate accident, and is forced to rely on his trusted manservant, Parkinson, as well as his less talented but equally eager colleague, professional detective Louis Carlyle. The two detectives have a similar relationship of trust as Holmes and Watson in Conan Doyle's stories, although the similarities more or less end there.
The four stories depicted in the presented collection make for a fun and easy read, while the mysteries placed at the foot of Max Carrados are often both remarkable in nature and completely captivating. Bramah sometimes borders on the supernatural, having Carrados able to read the writing on a piece of paper by simply feeling the ink, while making the plots thicken to a considerable extend before the full resolution of the mysteries involved are revealed.
Although the trio works together to solve all the mysteries and catch the villains in this novel, Carrados does most of the heavier work. By virtue of his enhanced non-visual senses and keen observation powers, the detective is often capable of catching clues that the others may have missed or making remarkable connections that dazzles both his counterparts and the readership.
The stories can seem somewhat fast paced, however, they are entirely enjoyable, and their ingenuity and unique quality have earned Bramah an excellent reputation as one of the best fictional mystery writers from the turn of the 20th century.
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