by William R. Loeser

ARTHUR MORRISON – Chronicles of Martin Hewitt.

D. Appleton & Co., US, hardcover, 1896; Ward Lock & Co., UK, hardcover, 1895 (shown).

ARTHUR MORRISON Chronicles of Martin Hewitt

   Arthur Morrison’s Martiin Hewitt was for the decade 1895-1905 probably the foremost rival of Sherlock Holmes. Not much of one, though, for he completely lacked the distinguishing personality of the Master and his creator the skill to make his deductions seem other than lucky guesses.

    Some of his adventures, however have plots as delightfully flamboyant as Holmes’. Notable of the six short stories — each the length of a Nero Wolfe novella — included in Chronicles are “The Case of Laker, Absconded,” in which the crooks carefully arrange their robbery of a bank messenger to make it seem that he has defaulted; and “The Case of the Missing Hand,” in which a gypsy almost frames, unintentionally, two brothers for killing their suicide step-father by stealing the corpse’s hand to make a Hand of Glory — a thief’s talisman.

   The telling of these tales is, however, almost as pedestrian as Hewitt’s personality.

– From The MYSTERY FANcier, Vol. 3, No. 4, July-Aug 1979       (slightly revised).

      Additional bibliographic data:    [Taken from the Revised Crime Fiction IV, by Allen J. Hubin.]

Windsor Magazine: Martin Hewitt

ARTHUR MORRISON – Chronicles of Martin Hewitt

      The Case of Laker, Absconded · nv The Windsor Magazine May, 1895
      The Case of the Lost Foreigner · nv The Windsor Magazine Jun, 1895
      The Case of the Missing Hand · ss The Windsor Magazine Apr, 1895
      The Holford Will Case · ss The Windsor Magazine Mar, 1895
      The Ivy Cottage Mystery · nv The Windsor Magazine Jan, 1895 (shown)
      The Nicobar Bullion Case · nv The Windsor Magazine Feb, 1895