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The Expressman and the Detective

by Allan Pinkerton

During the greater portion of a very busy life, I have been actively engaged in the profession of a Detective, and hence have been brought in contact with many men, and have been an interested participant in...

Anderson Crow, Detective

by George Barr McCutcheon

Excerpt: Two events of great importance took place in Tinkletown on the night of May 6, 1918. The first, occurring at half-past ten o'clock, was of sufficient consequence to rouse the entire population out of...

The Moon Rock

by Arthur John Rees

Excerpt: The voice of the clergyman intoned the last sad hope of humanity, the final prayer was said, and the mourners turned away, leaving Mrs. Turold to take her rest in a bleak Cornish churchyard among strangers,...

Bat Wing

by Sax Rohmer

Bat Wing is the prequel to Fire Tongue. This mystery deals with Haitian Voodoo, the death sign of a bat wing, and the lengths people will go through for vengeance.

The Riddle of the Frozen Flame

by Thomas W. Hanshew

Vast gold robberies--a murder of which a nobleman stands accused, with jealousy for the motive--these apparently unrelated mysteries give scope for Cleek's most ingenious solutions.

Scarhaven Keep

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

When the great actor, Bassett Oliver, who was a martinet for punctuality, failed to turn up to a rehearsal which he himself had called, his business manager guessed that something had happened. It had. But it...

The Green Rust

The Room in the Dragon Volant

Ashton-Kirk, Investigator

by John T. McIntyre

Those who have found their way to Ashton-Kirk's door have been of many races and interests. Men of science have often been surprised to find him in touch with the latest discoveries, scholars searching among...

The Circular Study

by Anna Katharine Green

Excerpt: "Mr. Gryce was melancholy. He had attained that period in life when the spirits flag and enthusiasm needs a constant spur, and of late there had been a lack of special excitement, and he felt dull and...

The Black Box

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

Excerpt: “You’re in luck, Alfred,” he declared. “That’s the most interesting man in New York—one of the most interesting in the world. That’s Sanford Quest.” “Who’s he?” “You haven’t...

The Man who Passed

The Rayner-Slade Amalgamation

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Excerpt: "That's just what I was going to suggest, he said. "There's no good to be done hanging about here. Let's get on to the scene of operations. If Miss Lennard's maid has stolen her jewels, she's probably...

The Chestermarke Instinct

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

John Horbury, manager of Chestermarke's bank, in the old-world English village of Scarnham, vanishes overnight. The task of finding him taxes the skill of one of Scotland Yard's best men.

The Nebuly Coat

by John Meade Falkner

The Nebuly Coat (1903), by J. Meade Falkner, is a novel which tells of the experiences of a young architect, Edward Westray, who is sent to the remote Dorset town of Cullerne to supervise restoration work on...

Lady Larkspur

by Meredith Nicholson

A country house mystery involving a missing actress of exceptional talents and virtues, a bogus widow, a returned soldier, spies, plots and suspicions.

The Memory of Mars

by Raymond Fisher Jones

"As soon as I'm well we'll go to Mars for a vacation again," Alice would say. But now she was dead, and the surgeons said she was not even human. In his misery, Hastings knew two things: he loved his wife; but...

Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist

by John T. McIntyre

Who held the old-fashioned brass candlestick that struck down "the Bounder"--and set mystery a-throbbing in the quiet suburb of Stanwick? Bat Scanlon, athletic trainer and good sport, found a clue in the dark...

Ralestone Luck

by Andre Alice Norton

Rupert Ralestone is officially the Marquess of Lorne - but with no family money or prestige, the title is worthless. He and his younger brother and sister return to the old family homestead - Pirate’s Haven....

The Moving Finger

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

A mystifying story dealing with a wealthy M.P.'s experiment with a poor young man.