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The Man in Lower Ten

by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Man in Lower Ten is the first book ever written by Mary Roberts Rinehart, arguably the greatest American mystery writer of her generation. Vividly imagined, it combines adventure, suspense, horror, and mystery...

The Mystery of the Barranca

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 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.

Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman

by Ernest William Hornung

The Black Mask (published in some countries as Raffles: Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman) is the second collection of stories written by Ernest William Hornung in the A.J. Raffles series concerning...

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...

Twenty Rules For Writing Detective Stories

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...

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....

Murder in the Gunroom

by Henry Beam Piper

The Lane Fleming collection of early pistols and revolvers was one of the best in the country. When Fleming was found dead on the floor of his locked gunroom, a Confederate-made Colt-type percussion .36 revolver...

Percival Bland's Proxy and The Missing Mortgagee

by R. Austin Freeman

These are two short stories from the collection THE GREAT PORTRAIT MYSTERY: "PERCIVAL BLAND'S PROXY" and "THE MISSING MORTGAGEE", wherein the brilliant medical investigator, Dr. Thorndyke, solves murderous crimes....

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 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 Mystery of Orcival

by Émile Gaboriau

A classic detective story, the second one in the "Monsieur Lecoq" series.

The Clue of the Twisted Candle

The Evil Shepherd

by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

A novel of English life of a melodramatic character, so fascinating and so stirring that the most hardened reader can hardly fail to receive a series of thrills.

The Honor of the Name

by Émile Gaboriau

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

A Strange Disappearance

by Anna Katharine Green

A housekeeper reports the disappearance of a sewing-maid from a wealthy household. She insists that the girl has been abducted. Mr Gryce and a young detective investigate. The missing young woman has a secret....

The Green Eyes of Bâst

by Sax Rohmer

Psychic investigator Dr. Damar Greefe encounters ancient sorceryand a cult whose leader is possessed by the murderous cat-goddess Bast!

The Rome Express

by Arthur Griffiths

A mysterious murder on a flying express train, a wily Italian, a charming woman caught in the meshes of circumstantial evidence, a chivalrous Englishman, and a police force with a keen nose for the wrong clue,...