Victorian Detectives That Aren’t Sherlock

Presented by Sarah Klapper

Detective stories were very popular during the Victorian era. While most people may only know of Sherlock Holmes, there was a wide variety of detective stories available to the public. These characters ranged from selfish con artists, intelligent pawn shop owners, and spiritualists. These stories also included much more diverse characters than the white able bodied upper class men that are often overrepresented. This panel will explore a wide range of characters and discuss the reasons detective stories are so popular.