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The Hand in the Dark

by Arthur John Rees

Excerpt: Seen in the sad glamour of an English twilight, the old moat-house, emerging from the thin mists which veiled the green flats in which it stood, conveyed the impression of a habitation falling into...

Pontifex Son and Thorndyke

On the Spot: Violence and Murder in Chicago

Mr. Pottermack's Oversight

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...

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,...

The Lerouge Case

by Émile Gaboriau

Excerpt: "Those who anticipated the discovery of a crime, were unhappily not deceived. The commissary was convinced of this as soon as he crossed the threshold. Everything in the first room pointed with a sad...

The Leavenworth Case

by Anna Katharine Green

Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth...

Hushed Up!

by William Le Queux

Excerpt: “And he died mysteriously?” “The doctors certified that he died from natural causes—heart failure.” “That is what the world believes, of course. His death was a nation’s loss, and the...

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.

The Square Emerald

The Talleyrand Maxim

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

Nesta, left alone, gave herself up to deep thought, and to a careful reckoning of her position. She was longing to confide in some trustworthy person or persons, for Pratt's revelations had plunged her into...

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 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 Borough Treasurer

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

A fine example of "Golden Age" detective stories.

The Red Triangle

by Arthur Morrison

Being Some Further Chronicles of Martin Hewitt, Investigator. 6 short detective stories: The affair of Samuel's diamonds, The case of Mr. Jacob Mason, The case of the Lever Key, The case of the burnt barn, The...

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...

In the Mayor's Parlour

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

The Mayor of a small town is found murdered. A classic "whodunnit".

The Amateur Cracksman

by Ernest William Hornung

Arthur Raffles is a prominent member of London society, and a national sporting hero. As a cricketer he regularly represents England in Test matches. He uses this as a chance to commit a number of burgalries,...

The Orange-Yellow Diamond