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Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Max Carrados – The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Max Carrados portrayed by Robert Stephens in The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes
Max Carrados portrayed by Robert Stephens in The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

Following up on Simon Monk’s post on the numismatic detective Max Carrados, we have a few related links and comments to share:

On December 31, 2014, BBC Radio aired the first episode of The Rivals, a series where Inspector Lestrade works with other contemporary detectives and sleuths of Holmes’ era. In this particular episode, Lestrade is working with Max Carrados in The Knight’s Cross Signal Problem.  The program summary is as follows:

Inspector Lestrade was made to look a fool in the Sherlock Holmes stories. Now he is writing his memoirs and has a chance to get his own back, with tales of Holmes’ rivals. He continues with blind detective Max Carrados as they try to discover who caused a horrific train crash at Knights Cross where the driver of the train swears the light was green and the signalman swears the light was red.

You can listen to this episode by clicking here, however, the link will not work after January 31, 2015.

Rivals of Sherlock Holmes

In 1970, Hugh Greene edited the anthology The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes, that featured detectives who were literary contemporaries  The following year, Thames Television produced a 13 episode series based on the book, with another 13 episodes in 1973.

In the second episode of the first season, it features our numismatic detective Max Carrados in The Missing Witness Sensation.  The character of Max Carrados was played by Robert Stephens.  Just a year earlier, Stephens had played the role of Holmes in Billy Wilder’s The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes.

The IMDB database has this summary of the episode’s plot:

After amateur detective Max Carrados ruins the alibi of an Irish militant accused of murder, the man’s colleagues plot their revenge. To save his life, a trapped Carrados must find a way to get a message to the outside world-one that even a blind man could understand.

Below is the full version of the 1971 episode of The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes – The Missing Witness Sensation.

Simon Monk’s post mentions that the first Max Carrados story, The Coin of Dionysius, lays out the back story for Carrados. Below is an audiobook reading of that story. The other story that Monk referenced, The Mystery of the Vanished Petition Crown, was published in 1927 and will not be in the public domain for a few more years.

 

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