The Emperor's Detective #1, by Percy Andreae (epub/Kindle)
Percy Andreæ (1858–1924) was an English-American brewer and influential anti-prohibitionist during the early part of the 20th century. He was born in Clapham, London to a German father, Carl Andreæ of Frankfurt, and an English mother, Emilie Sillem. During the 1890s, Andreae published short stories and novels, many of which first appeared in The Windsor Magazine. His fiction drew on his roots, incorporating international mystery and suspense with adventure, set in the height of the Victorian era. The hero of “The Emperor’s Detective” series is a British man-for-hire who finds himself working for a very interesting employer, one who has no qualms about assigning him impossible cases.
"The Incident of the Severed Forefinger and the House in the Waldstrasse" is the first in the series, "The Emperor's Detective."
Includes a new introduction by John Betancourt.