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Mr Justice Maxell

The Film of Fear

by Frederic Arnold Kummer

The earliest known novel with a motion-picture theme.

Unwise Child

by Randall Garrett

When a super-robot named Snookums discovers how to build his own superbombs, it becomes obvious that Earth is by no means the safest place for him to be. And so Dr. Fitzhugh, his designer, and Leda Crannon,...

The Somnambulist and the Detective

by Allan Pinkerton

The mental characteristics of Allan Pinkerton were judgment as to facts, knowledge of men, the ability to concentrate his faculties on one subject, and the persistent power of will. A mysterious problem of crime,...

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

An Amiable Charlatan

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

"The thing happened so suddenly that I really had very little time to make up my mind what course to adopt under somewhat singular circumstances. I was seated at my favorite table against the wall on the right-hand...

The Burglar's Fate and The Detectives

by Allan Pinkerton

In the pages which follow I have narrated a story of actual occurrence. No touch of fiction obscures the truthful recital. The crime which is here detailed was actually committed, and under the circumstances...

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...

Blacksheep! Blacksheep!

by Meredith Nicholson

The story of a gentleman who becomes a criminal against his will and takes to the open road to escape from the results of his crime.

The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley

by Louis Tracy

When John Trenholme, artist, accepted a welcome commission from a magazine editor to journey down to a certain old Hertfordshire village and make a series of sketches of its imperiled beauties, he looked forward...

File No. 113

by Émile Gaboriau

Also known as "The Blackmailers", this story is the third book in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series.

The Orange-Yellow Diamond

Catherine: A Story

by 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 Middle of Things

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

In the heart of London, John Ashton--the man from Australia--has been murdered. It seems clear that the motive was not robbery, and as he apparently had no acquaintances in town, the exposure of the murderer...

The Flying Squad

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 Sleuth of St. James's Square

by Melville Davisson Post

A collection of 16 mystery short stories: The Thing on the Hearth, The Reward, The Lost Lady, The Cambered Foot, The Man in the Green Hat, The Wrong Sign, The Fortune Teller, The Hole in the Mahogany Panel,...

Helen Vardon's Confession

by 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 Stoneware Monkey

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.