03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

10 Best Victorian Detective Stories: Alternatives To Sherlock Holmes

Sherlock Holmes and his predecessor, Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin, were always fantasy detectives. Their powers of deduction often bordered on the paranormal, and what passed for deduction was more usually just imagination. In fact, the real Victorian detectives, though more prosaic, were much more interesting. Armed with little more than their wits and a sharp eye, they were required simply to outsmart the criminals.

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