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The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective

by Catherine Louisa Pirkis

What is a young lady like Loveday Brooke doing in a private detective agency? She's working there, as a clever sleuth, a female Sherlock Holmes of sorts. Excerpts: "Loveday Brooke, at this period of her career,...

The Chinese Parrot

by Earl Derr Biggers

The Chinese Parrot (1926) is the second novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first in which Chan travels from Hawaii to mainland California, and involves a crime...

The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel

Inspector Hanaud #2

by A. E. W. Mason

BOOK 2 IN THE INSPECTOR HANAUD SERIES, in which we again join Ricardo and Hanaud, this time in an ambiguous situation. A young, wealthy vagabond English man, Calladine, whom Ricardo knew before, hastily comes...

The Trial for Murder

The Door with Seven Locks

The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

The Club of Queer Trades

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

A collection of related short stories by British author G. K. Chesterton. Each story is centered on a person who is making his living by some novel and extraordinary means (a "queer trade"). To gain admittance...

The Czar's Spy

by William Le Queux

We could tell you what this book was about, but then we'd have to kill you.

The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

by Maurice Leblanc

This collection of Lupin short stories presents more puzzling criminal involvements of the classic French hero-thief and his men.

As a Thief in the Night

by R. Austin Freeman

Harold Monkhouse is usually such an uncomplaining patient so when his brother Amos calls in one night, what he doesn't expect is to see him at death's door. Suspicions aroused, he demands an urgent second opinion....

The Avenger

A Silent Witness

No Name

by Wilkie Collins

No Name (1862) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century novel revolving around the issue of illegitimacy. The story begins in 1846, at Combe-Raven in West Somersetshire, the country residence of the happy Vanstone...

The Donnington Affair

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

In the October 1914 issue of the British magazine The Premier, Sir Max Pemberton published the first part of this story, inviting a number of writers, including Chesterton, to use their talents to solve the...

The Law and the Lady

by Wilkie Collins

Valeria Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name in the marriage register incorrectly, and this slip is followed by the gradual disclosure of a series of secrets about her husband's earlier...

Fifty Candles

by Earl Derr Biggers

Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana....

The Old Man in the Corner

by Baroness Emma Orczy

Created by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, The Old Man In the Corner was one of the earliest armchair detectives, popping up with so many others in the wake of the huge popularity...

The Man Who Ended War

by Hollis Godfrey

The Secretary of War of the United States receives a letter sent to his and all other nations, declaring that war has too long devastated the earth and the time has come for peace. It orders them to destroy...

The Lodger

by Marie Adelaide Lowndes

A haunting mystery tale that revolves around the Jack the Ripper murders, this novel was the basis for several films, including a 1927 Alfred Hitchcock silent film featuring Ivor Novello in the title role.

The Mysterious Card

by Cleveland Moffett

(This has been called one of the two most famous riddle stories of all time, along with "The Lady, or the Tiger?" by Frank Stockton.) Burwell, a New Yorker in Paris, during intermission at the Folies Bergère...