William Crawford Honeyman
|William Crawford Honeyman|
|Born||William Crawford Honeyman
|Occupation||author, short story writer, violinist, orchestra conductor|
|Genre||detective fiction, non-fiction|
|Notable works||Brought to Bay or Experiences of a City Detective,
Traced and Tracked,
How to Play the Violin,
The Secrets of Violin Playing
William Crawford Honeyman (1845–1919) was a Scottish musician and author.
William C. Honeyman was born in Wellington, New Zealand in 1845 to Thomas and Eliza Honeyman, who had emigrated from Scotland four years earlier. He was the grandson of minor Scottish poet and songwriter, Adam Crawford. Honeyman returned to Britain with his mother and three siblings in 1849. He was a violinist and orchestra leader who, under his real name, published violin instructional books such as How to Play the Violin and The Secrets of Violin Playing. However, he was much better known in his own time under his pseudonym, James McGovan (or James M'Govan), a writer of police detective novels.
Readers did not initially realise the works were fiction, but assumed they were true stories in the vein of James McLevy. McGovan's stories were so highly regarded in his own time, that an 1888 Publishers’ Circular “proclaimed McGovan’s articles ‘the best detective stories (true stories, we esteem them) that we ever met with.’”
- Honeyman, William C. (1890). The Secrets of Violin Playing. Edinburgh: E. Koehler.
- Honeyman, William C. (1890). The Violin : How To Choose One. Edinburgh.
- Honeyman, William C. (1890). The Young Violinist's Tutor and Duet Book : A Collection of Easy Airs, Operatic Selections, and Familiar Melodies. Edinburgh.
- Honeyman, William C. (1898). The Strathspey, Reel, and Hornpipe Tutor. Edinburgh.
- Honeyman, William C. The Secrets of Violin Playing : Being Full Instructions and Hints To Violin Players, For The Perfect Mastery of The Instrument.
- Honeyman, William C. (1899). Scottish Violin Makers : Past and Present. Edinburgh.
- Honeyman, William C. (1883). The Violin : How to Master It / By a Professional Player. Edinburgh.
- Honeyman, William C. (1881). Luckless Peter Pirlie : a humorous Scotch story. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1878). Brought to Bay, or, Experiences of a city detective. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1879). Hunted Down, or, Recollections of a city detective. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1880). Strange Clues, or, Chronicles of a city detective. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1882). Solved Mysteries, or, Revelations of a city detective. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1884). Traced and Tracked, or, Memoirs of a city detective. Edinburgh.
- McGovan, James (1922). Criminals Caught: Records of a city detective. London.
- McGovan, James (1922). The Invisible Pickpocket: Records of a city detective. London.
- McGovan, James (2003-10-01). The McGovan Casebook (TRADE PAPERBACK). Edinburgh: Birlinn Limited MerCat. p. 200. ISBN 978-1841830506.
- Willis, Louis (2014-02-23). "Two More From "The Dead Witness"". Knoxville: SleuthSayers.
- Hunt, Tom (2014-09-06). "Sherlock Holmes' Kiwi connection". Dominion Post, Wellington.
- Ward, Lewis E. (1928). "Early Wellington". Auckland: Whitcombe and Tombs.
- "The violinist who fiddled his readers". Scotsman. 2003-07-15.
- "'Shipping Intelligence', New Zealand Spectator and Cook's Strait Guardian, 3 March 1849".
- "Experiences of a Detective in Victorian Edinburgh". Edinburgh: Birlinn. 2004. Retrieved 24 February 2014.