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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 Messenger

The Clue of the Twisted Candle

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....

The Sign of Silence

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 Blue Hand

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...

The Singing Bone

On the Spot: Violence and Murder in Chicago

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,...

The Guv'nor

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,...

File No. 113

by Émile Gaboriau

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

The Joker

The Yellow Snake

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...

The Orange-Yellow Diamond

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 Abandoned Room

by Wadsworth Camp

Bobby Blackburn can remember the first part of the evening when his grandfather was murdered. The problem is, he cannot remember what happened the rest of the night, or how he ended up in the neighborhood of...