Merchiston Publishing

Edinburgh Napier University's Press, run by our postgraduate Publishing programme

Detective McLevy’s Casebook

Merchiston Publishing is the imprint of the Scottish Centre for the Book based at Edinburgh Napier University. The publications – print, ebook and online – are managed by staff and powered by students on MSc Publishing.

Our Books to Bairns series provides books (and in some cases Teachers’ Resources) to children in schools and hospitals across Scotland, in particular, Edinburgh.

These books are provided free of charge. Teachers can request a class set of one book, or a selection of our books, or even single copies for their school library.

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Detective McLevy’s Casebook

A brand new edition of Victorian crime short stories has been published by MSc Publishing students at Edinburgh Napier University under the Merchiston Publishing imprint.

Detective McLevy’s Casebook, a vibrant collection of case studies by Edinburgh Detective James McLevy, brings the “real Sherlock Holmes” to a new audience.

James McLevy was one of Edinburgh’s first detectives. His career spanned over three decades and over 2,200 cases, in which he almost always secured a conviction.

His stories are said to be the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes. At the time, McLevy’s stories were as popular as those of the fictional Holmes, and they set the scene for the crime fiction that followed.

This new book collects together a number of McLevy’s best short stories, exposing Auld Reekie’s Victorian underworld. The new edition features an introduction by Alanna Knight, drawing upon her expertise in Victorian crime fiction.

The cover illustration is by Iain McIntosh, a well known Scottish illustrator with a distinctive style who is perhaps best known for his Alexander McCall Smith book covers.

You can also follow the project on Twitter: @McLevyMystery and Facebook.

Books to Bairns
Our work focuses on providing books to disadvantaged readers. Books to Bairns is one of our initiatives. We edit, design, create, publish and distribute (donate) books to schools, hospitals, prisons and other institutional libraries. Find out more about our book advocacy:

The production of many of these titles is supported by charitable trusts and other bodies. Such copies are therefore distributed freely, although a handling charge may apply. To find out more, please email

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