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The Vanished Messenger

von Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: There were very few people upon Platform Number Twenty-one of Liverpool Street Station at a quarter to nine on the evening of April 2—possibly because the platform in question is one of the most remote...

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder

von William Hope Hodgson

Detective stories in which the great Thomas Carnacki investigates the supernatural using scientific tools, such as photography, and tools that are augmented by theories of the supernatural, such as the electric...

Fantômas

von Marcel Allain & Pierre Souvestre

Fantômas was introduced a few years after Arsène Lupin, another well-known thief. But whereas Lupin draws the line at murder, Fantômas has no such qualms and is shown as a sociopath who enjoys killing in...

Dead Men's Money

von Joseph Smith Fletcher

Nothing is what it seems, and dead bodies abound in this classic 1920 murder mystery from the British crime author and journalist, J.S. Fletcher.

The Zeppelin's Passenger

von Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: "Never heard a sound," the younger of the afternoon callers admitted, getting rid of his empty cup and leaning forward in his low chair. "No more tea, thank you, Miss Fairclough. Done splendidly, thanks....

The Middle Temple Murder

von Joseph Smith Fletcher

The body of a man is found on the steps to Middle Temple Lane near London's courts of law, and a journalist and a young lawyer are drawn into the ensuing investigation.

Catherine: A Story

von William Makepeace Thackeray

Catherine: A Story was the first full-length work of fiction produced by William Makepeace Thackeray. It first appeared in serialized installments in Fraser's Magazine between May 1839 and February 1840. Thackeray's...

The Crystal Stopper

von Maurice Leblanc

A detective yarn that is a corker. Arsène Lupin in the greatest predicament of his career. Instead of the old masterful conqueror of men and circumstances against tremendous odds, we find him, until almost...

The Penrose Mystery

The Mirror of Kong Ho

von Ernest Bramah Smith

A lively and amusing collection of letters on western living written by Kong Ho, a Chinese gentleman. These addressed to his homeland, refer to the Westerners in London as barbarians and many of the aids to...

The Singing Bone

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

von Arthur Morrison

A collection of 7 detective stories: The Lenton Croft Robberies, The Loss of Sammy Crockett, The Case of Mr. Foggatt, The Case of the Dixon Torpedo, The Quinton Jewel Affair, The Stanway Cameo Mystery & The...

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

Helen Vardon's Confession

von R. Austin Freeman

Through the open door of a library, Helen Vardon hears an argument that changes her life forever. Helen's father and a man called Otway argue over missing funds in a trust one night. Otway proposes a marriage...

The Golden Scorpion

Fu Manchu #1684

von Sax Rohmer

The Golden Scorpion linked the story lines developed in the Yellow Claw (1915) with Dr. Fu Manchu who appears but is not named. "He wore a plain yellow robe and had a little black cap on his head. His face,...

The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

Fu Manchu #1673

von Sax Rohmer

Second book in the Fu Manchu series.

The Safety Pin

von Joseph Smith Fletcher

An elderly man called Deane is murdered in an English town. Inspector Mellapont thinks it's a simple robbery, but others disagree, and Deane's business partner, an attractive young girl named Miss Pretty, offers...

Fire-Tongue

von Sax Rohmer

An impossible murder, an occult detective tale, and a tale within a tale -- with a solution suggested by Harry Houdini.

Eight Strokes of the Clock

von Maurice Leblanc

These adventures were told to me in the old days by Arsène Lupin, as though they had happened to a friend of his, named Prince Rénine. As for me, considering the way in which they were conducted, the actions,...

Murder in the Gunroom

von Henry Beam Piper

The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of his locked gunroom, a Confederate-made Colt-type percussion .36 revolver...