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The Vanished Messenger

by 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...

The Moving Finger

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

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

The Woman in Black

by E.C. Bentley

The first of a series of detective novels featuring "gentleman sleuth Philip Trent," later published under the title "Trent's Last Case."

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 Wisdom of Father Brown

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

From London to Cornwall, then to Italy and France, a short, shabby priest runs to earth bandits, traitors, killers. Why is he so successful? The reason is that after years spent in the priesthood, Father Brown...

A Bid for Fortune or Dr Nikola's Vendetta

by Guy Newell Boothby

This is the first in Boothby's series of Dr. Nikola novels. It opens with the manager of a fine London restaurant preparing for a dinner reserved in an odd letter originating from Brazil 3 months prior, for...

When Rogues Fall Out

R. Holmes & Co.

by John Kendrick Bangs

A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.

Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy

Described by Hardy as a tale of "mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity", his first published novel violated the literary decorum of its day with blackmail, murder, and romance. It relates the story...

Tales of Chinatown

by Sax Rohmer

Ten stories of Macabre Mystery by the creator of the famous Dr. Fu Manchu. Includes the excellent ghost story Tcheriapin and a creeping hand story called The Hand of Mandarin Qung.

The Honor of the Name

by Émile Gaboriau

Fifth book in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series and the sequel to "Monsieur Lecoq".

Carnacki, The Ghost Finder

by 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...

The Lady, or the Tiger?

by Frank R. Stockton

Called the most famous riddle mystery of all time, this very short story poses a dilemma. A man is sentenced to an unusual punishment for having a romance with a king's beloved daughter. Taken to the public...

The Mystery of Marie Rogêt

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.

The Innocence of Father Brown

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Twelve mysteries featuring Father Brown, the short, stumpy Catholic priest with "uncanny insight into human evil."

The Trial for Murder

That Mainwaring Affair

The Double Four

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

A novel about secret societies in New York.

The Paradise Mystery

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

A quiet cathedral town in England, full of gossips and people who are not quite who they seem to be, is the setting for this murder mystery.