A daily note on some event in the history of mystery fiction.
Saturday, February 28, 2015
2/28/1830 A major Payn appears
February 28, 1830. English author James Payn was born on this date in Maidenhead. He wrote many novels, and books of essays and short stories. But he owes his place on this page to one accomplishment: as editor of Cornhill Magazine he turned down Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet. Yup. He is the man who rejected Sherlock Holmes.