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Wilkie Collins is sometimes referred to as the ‘grandfather of English detective fiction’.

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Wilkie Collins is sometimes referred to as the 'grandfather of English detective fiction'. The Moonstone was descibed by T. S. Eliot as 'the first and greatest of English detective novels'. Although technically preceded by Charles Felix's The Notting Hill Mystery (1865), The Moonstone can claim to have established the genre with several classic features of the twentieth-century detective story: * A country ...read more.

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of the crime * A final twist in the plot Wilkie Collins, according to Robert Ashley, can also claim the following: * The first British detective story ('A Stolen Letter', 1854) * The first appearance of a police officer ('A Terribly Strange Bed', 1852) ...read more.

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The 'three-pipe problem' of The Sign of Four was anticipated by Uncle Joseph's 'I smoke three pipes and think three thoughts' in The Dead Secret (1857). The Holmes dictum from 'The Red-Headed League' that 'when you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth sounds remarkably like Felix Sweetsir's 'exhaustive system of reasoning' from 'My Lady's Money'. ...read more.

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