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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...

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...

John Thorndyke's Cases

by R. Austin Freeman

This volume collects seven of Thorndyke's most puzzling stories, including "The Man with the Nailed Shoes," "The Moabite Cipher," "A Message from the Deep Sea," and many more.

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 Eye of Osiris

by R. Austin Freeman

This is the tantalizing tale of a missing world-renowned archaeologist that, so far, no one seems to be able to find any clues to. Dr. Thorndyke, our detective, is unusually perceptive and begins to find clues...

The Mystery of 31 New Inn

The Jacob Street Mystery

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....

A Certain Dr Thorndyke

by R. Austin Freeman

A winding adventure that begins in an exotic, teasing location. Richard Austin Freeman introduces the reader to the delights of an extraordinary jewel heist. Hollis is a retired soap manufacturer, richer than...

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...

Mrs. Raffles

by John Kendrick Bangs

Being the Adventures of an Amateur Crackswoman.

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...

The Gloved Hand

by Burton E. Stevenson

Excerpt: I was genuinely tired when I got back to the office, that Wednesday afternoon, for it had been a trying day—the last of the series of trying days which had marked the progress of the Minturn 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 Cat's Eye

by R. Austin Freeman

When Andrew Drayton, a collector of jewelry, is found stabbed to death and the young woman who tried to stop the murderer is wounded, Dr Thorndyke is called in to investigate. But although the scene of the crime...

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...

Ashton-Kirk, Criminologist

by John T. McIntyre

Who held the old-fashioned brass candlestick that struck down "the Bounder"--and set mystery a-throbbing in the quiet suburb of Stanwick? Bat Scanlon, athletic trainer and good sport, found a clue in the dark...

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 Middle Temple Murder

by Joseph Smith Fletcher

The body of a man is found on the steps to Middle Temple Lane near London's courts of law, and a journalist and a young lawyer are drawn into the ensuing investigation.

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