The notting hill mystery 1862 63 is an english language detective novel written under the pseudonym charles felix with illustrations by george du maurier the authors identity was never formally revealed in his lifetime . Charles warren adams was a journalist traveller lawyer and sole proprietor of the firm saunders otley co which published once a week the magazine in which the notting hill mystery was first published. The premise the notting hill mystery is according to the introduction either the first true detective story or among the first true detective stories though it departs a little from the type by featuring not a police or private detective but an insurance investigator and by presenting all the gathered evidence without presenting the investigation by which the evidence was acquired. Written in 1863 the notting hill mystery is considered by many to be the first detective novel written in english previously only available for 20 or more this great work is now a 299 ebook with free extra copies for classroom use. The notting hill mystery was first published between 1862 and 1863 as an eight part serial in the magazine once a weekwidely acknowledged as the first detective novel the story is told by insurance investigator ralph henderson who is building a case against the sinister baron r who is suspected of murdering his wife
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