FFB: The Notting Hill Mystery - In Reference to Murder

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February 02, 2018


Jerry House

Several sources name the author as Charles Felix.

J F Norris

"Charles Felix" was a pen name, Jerry. Collins' research proved that the author was in fact Charles Warren Adams. He turned up letters exchanged between the publisher and author in addition to using newspaper articles that link the two.

You have a typo in the post, B.V. Velvet Lawns is from 1864.

J F Norris

Also... There is nothing on my blog about Brian Stableford's claim about Paul Feval being the first detective novelist. I never knew anything about that until I read about it at Mystery*File. Brian wrote an email to Steve Lewis who then published it on his blog at Mystery*File. You should credit that Feval reference above Steve and his blog and not me.

BV Lawson

Thanks for the notes, John! I've added a link to Steve's blog post. I'm not sure why I transposed your blog with Mystery File for this reference, but it may be due to the fact I often write these posts late at night. ;-) However, I certainly enjoy your blog, Pretty Sinister Books, and hope you can continue it for many years to come.

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