When I was a kid, I loved Sherlock Holmes. I had no idea that Conan Doyle wrote anything else.
Well, he did. A lot of anything else, some of which is as good, or better than Sherlock Holmes.
The Brigadier Gerard stores are one of those things. Set in the Napoleonic era, that is already historical by the time Conan Doyle wrote them, they focus on the eponymous French soldier’s exploits, starting with him being a junior captain, and ending with… well you’ll have to read for yourself.
The Brigadier Gerard novellas are nothing like Sherlock Holmes. Where Holmes is dry, cerebral, a puzzle, Gerard is full of brag, action, and combat. Also women, horses, good food, and historical personages.
And they’re fun. Imagine a cross between Band of Brothers and The Adventures of Baron von Münchhausen.
Best of all, they’re public domain and free over on Project Gutenberg.