The Measure of Malice: Scientific Detection Stories


Another anthology of rare crime and mystery short stories following the success of Deep Waters and The Christmas Card Crime and Other Stories. This title contains headnotes and an introduction exploring the origins of ‘the detective’ in fiction, and our fascination with these characters, and features never-before-republished material from the Library’s collection.

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The detective’s role is simple: to catch the culprit. Yet behind each casual observation lies a learned mind, trained on finding the key to the mystery. Crimes, whatever their form, are often best solved through deliberations of logic – preferably amid complicated gadgetry and a pile of hefty scientific volumes.

The detectives in this collection are masters of scientific deduction, whether they are identifying the perpetrator from a single scrap of fabric, or picking out the poison from a sinister line-up. Containing stories by R Austin Freeman, J J Connington and the master of logical reasoning, Arthur Conan Doyle, The Measure of Malice collects tales of rational thinking to prove the power of the human brain over villainous deeds.

About the Author: Martin Edwards is series consultant for British Library Crime Classics. He is an award-winning crime writer and President of the Detection Club. The Golden Age of Murder, his study of the Detection Club, won the Edgar, Agatha, H.R.F. Keating and Macavity awards. His history of the mystery genre The Story of Classic Crime in 100 Books was published by the British Library.

Edited by Martin Edwards
British Library Publishing
Publication date
September 2019
190 x 130 mm

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