The stories of James McLevy, an Edinburgh detective in 1830, have been selected for the MSc Publishing students’ live publishing project this year.
A brand new edition of Victorian crime short stories is being published by postgraduate publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University under the Merchiston Publishing imprint.
Detective McLevy’s Casebook, a vibrant collection of case studies by James McLevy, will bring these Scottish classics to a new audience.
James McLevy was one of Edinburgh’s first detectives. His career spanned over three decades and over 2,200 cases, in which he almost always secured a conviction. His stories are said to be the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. At the time, McLevy’s stories were as popular as those of the fictional Holmes, and they set the scene for the crime fiction that followed.
This new book will collect together a number of McLevy’s best short stories, exposing Auld Reekie’s Victorian underworld. The new edition features an introduction by Alanna Knight, drawing upon her expertise in Victorian crime fiction. The cover illustration is by Iain McIntosh, a well known Scottish illustrator with a distinctive style.