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The Hollow

Hercule Poirot #25

by Agatha Christie

Lucy Angkatell invites Hercule Poirot to lunch. To tease the great detective, her guests stage a mock murder beside the swimming pool. Unfortunately, the victim plays the scene for real. As his blood drips into...


Five Little Pigs

Hercule Poirot #24

by Agatha Christie

Beautiful Caroline Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband, yet there were five other suspects: Philip Blake (the stockbroker) who went to market; Meredith Blake (the amateur herbalist) who stayed at home;...


Gentlemen and Players

by Joanne Harris

For generations, privileged young men have attended St. Oswald's Grammar School for Boys, groomed for success by the likes of Roy Straitley, the eccentric Classics teacher who has been a fixture there for more...


A Judgement in Stone

by Ruth Rendell

What on earth could have provoked a modern day St. Valentine's Day massacre?

On Valentine's Day, four members of the Coverdale family--George, Jacqueline, Melinda and Giles--were murdered in the space of 15 minutes....


Now May You Weep

Duncan Kincaid / Gemma James #9

by Deborah Crombie

Newly appointed Detective Inspector Gemma James has never thought to question her friend Hazel Cavendish about her past. So it is quite a shock when Gemma learns that their holiday retreat to a hotel in the...


Murder on the Orient Express

Hercule Poirot #10

by Agatha Christie

Just after midnight, a snowstorm stops the Orient Express dead in its tracks in the middle of Yugoslavia. The luxurious train is surprisingly full for this time of year. But by morning there is one passenger...


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle

In this classic collection of eleven popular Holmes adventures, Arthur Conan Doyle pits his famous detective against larger-than-life-villains and thrusts him into the midst of puzzling mysteries that only the...


The Private Eye: Classic Crime Stories

by Ernest Dudley

Ernest Dudley, creator of that superb pair of sleuths, Dr. Morelle and Miss Frayle, here introduces another vivid character, Nat Craig, whose methods as London's foremost private investigator are utterly different...


Daughters of Cain

Inspector Morse #12

by Colin Dexter

"AUDACIOUS AND AMUSING. . . MAY BE THE BEST BOOK YET IN THIS DESERVEDLY CELEBRATED SERIES."

--The Wall Street Journal

It was only the second time Inspector Morse had ever taken over a murder enquiry after the...


The Mysterious Affair at Styles

by Agatha Christie

Christie's first published novel, The Mysterious Affair at Styles is notable for introducing many of the character types, plot twists, and red herrings that would become commonplace during the Golden Age of...


The Murder of My Aunt

by Richard Hull

Murder-Plotted right before your very eyes! My aunt and I live just outside a small (and entirely frightful) town in the Wales countryside. I hate living here. Why don't I leave this horribly dull and stagnant...


Death of Yesterday

Hamish Macbeth #29

by M. C. Beaton

When a local woman tells Sergeant Hamish Macbeth that she doesn't remember what happened the previous evening, he doesn't begin to worry. She had been out drinking, after all, and he'd prefer not to be bothered...


The Thorpe Hazell Mysteries, and More Thrilling Tales On and Off the Rails

by Victor L. Whitechurch

The Reverend Victor L. Whitechurch was both a popular fiction writer and a railroad enthusiast, so it is no surprise that he created Thorpe Hazell, an eccentric but successful amateur railway detective who solved...


An African Millionaire

by Grant Allen

Grant Allen's classic, An African Millionaire, pits a greedy South African Millionaire, and his long-suffering brother-in-law/secretary (not quite so greedy), against criminal rogue Colonel Clay, a master of...


The Babes in the Wood

Inspector Wexford #19

by Ruth Rendell

With floods threatening both the town of Kingsmarkham and his own home and no end to the rain in sight, Chief Inspector Wexford already has his hands full when he learns that two local teenagers have gone missing...


From Doon with Death: The First Inspector Wexford Novel

Inspector Wexford #1

by Ruth Rendell

When Margaret Parsons disappears, Inspector Burden tries to reassure her frantic husband that she will be back by morning. Privately, though, he is certain Margaret has run off with another man. But then the...


The Empress of India

Professor Moriarty #4

by Michael Kurland

In the late Victorian days, a large amount of gold is arriving unannounced on the cargo ship The Empress of India. Yet the impossible happens--the shipment of gold disappears en route. Sherlock Holmes, brought...


Speaker of Mandarin

Inspector Wexford #12

by Ruth Rendell

Chief Inspector Wexford is in China, visiting ancient tombs and palaces with a group of British tourists. After their return to England, one of his fellow tourists is found murdered. As he questions other members...


Wolf to the Slaughter: An Inspector Wexford Novel

Inspector Wexford #3

by Ruth Rendell

It was better than a hotel, this anonymous room on a secluded side street of a small country town. No register to sign, no questions asked, and for five bucks a man could have three hours of undisturbed, illicit...


The Infernal Device and Others

Professor Moriarty #1

by Michael Kurland

Since their original appearanc more than two decades ago, Michael Kurland's two novels feature Professor James Moriarty--The Infernal Device and Death by Gaslight--have been among the most acclaimed of the works...