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The Grand Babylon Hotel
by Arnold Bennett - Chatto & Windus , 1904
Light detective story set in Edwardian England featuring an American millionaire, his daughter with a cast of minor nobility eminences and despicable villains. Set in a luxury hotel in London, the characters are free to be outrageous and clever.
The Affair at the Semiramis Hotel
by A. E. W. Mason - Charles Scribner's Sons , 1917
For the first time since she had entered the room Joan raised her head and looked at him. Her eyes were full of terror, and with the terror was mixed an incredulity as though she could not believe that that had happened which she knew had happened...
Ask Not For Whom The Panther Prowls
by Astor James Monroe - Smashwords , 2014
In this novella, Dr. Shapre swears to 'go straight' and stick to academic pursuits. He is dragged into a series of polite poisonings after a student in his class dies of an apparent heart attack. Someone is slowly knocking off the undergraduates ...
Architect of His Own Destruction
by Louis Shalako - Smashwords , 2014
Crime author Aldrich Tobias sits in La Prison Sante, awaiting the guillotine. He's been convicted of a series of sex-murders involving women. The President of the Republic has asked Detective-Sergeant Maintenon to take another look into the case.
Two For Rain
by K.J. Rivera - Smashwords , 2014
Self proclaimed private investigators Leah and Sebastian Reyes take off on a quest full of twists and turns to solve the mystery of a missing college student. They will encounter a range of dangerous suspects snared in centuries-old traditions ...
The Ghost and the Document Reviewer: A Mystery Novella
by Gayle Tiller - Feedbooks , 2014
Sarah Claysworth is a struggling Silicon Valley document review lawyer. Her finances are in disarray and she has no personal life to speak of. After Sarah has been fired, she encounters Jack Shadelin -- a ghost with a questionable history...
The Poisoned Pen
by Arthur B. Reeve - Harper & Brothers , 1911
This volume is a collection of twelve short Craig Kennedy stories. It involves just the elements one expects from Arthur B. Reeve: numerous murders, discussion of technologies to apprehend criminals, and some interesting settings.
by Wolf Black - Smashwords , 2013
Dick Love is a 42-year-old detective from New York now living and working in London. And if given the choice he'd just as soon stay alive. He has a pregnant boxer relying on it. This mystery novel is a good old-fashioned read.
The Woman of Mystery
by Maurice LeBlanc - The Macaulay Co , 1916
The author paints a wonderful tale of WWI in France, twined together with the mystery surrounding the murder of main character Paul's father. Maurice LeBlanc became famous for the creation of Arsene Lupin, a gentleman thief and master of disguise.
The Middle Temple Murder
by J.S. Fletcher - A.A. Knopf , 1919
A good mystery by J.S. Fletcher, written in early 20th century style. 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.
The Black Star
by Johnston McCulley - Chelsea House , 1921
Roger Verbeck-Flagellum and Muggs, a millionaire bachelor and his ex-thug partner pursue a criminal mastermind known as the Black Star, a criminal with no Robin Hoodish tendencies but with great organizational skills and considerable panache.
A Thief in the Night
by E. W. Hornung - Charles Scribner's Sons , 1905
A Thief in the Night is a 1905 collection of short stories by E.W. Hornung, featuring his popular character A. J. Raffles. It was the third book in the series. Raffles, a gentleman thief, commits a number of burglaries in late Victorian England.
The Barrel Mystery
by William J. Flynn - The James A. McCann Co. , 1919
... Mrs. Conners raised the coat. Quickly she let it drop and screamed. There was a man's body crushed into the barrel. The body was in a doubled-up position, both feet and one hand sticking over the rim of the barrel ...
The Escape of Mr. Trimm
by Irvin S. Cobb - ManyBooks , 1910
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The Ear in the Wall
by Arthur B. Reeve - Harper , 1916
It was, I may say, a case deeply shrouded in mystery --- the disappearance without warning of a beautiful young girl, Betty Blackwell, barely eighteen. Her family, the police, and now the District Attorney had sought to solve it in vain...
Uncle Abner, Master of Mysteries
by Melville Davisson Post - ManyBooks , 1918
Uncle Abner is a sturdy mountaineer who helps to solve the mysteries tragedies and crimes which occur in the Virginia mountains where he lives. There are eighteen short stories which have appeared in magazines at various times.
A Modern Wizard
by Rodrigues Ottolengui - G.P. Putnam's Sons , 1894
Bacteriology and hypnotism are woven into this narrative, with the first part of the book centering upon the possible inoculation with the cultures of the microbe of diphtheria -- and the following chapters leading to the bacillus of insanity.
No Clue: A Mystery Story
by James Hay - Dodd, Mead & Company , 1920
Detective Jefferson Hastings is visiting the home of wealthy Arthur Sloane when two guests stumble across a body on the lawn. Sloane's daughter asks Hastings to help solve the crime, but Hastings gets surprisingly little help from anyone else.
The Rune House
by L.J. Hutton - Smashwords , 2012
Robbie thinks all he has to worry about is the new detective joining him on the cold case unit. Yet with a growing list of disappearances and murders, Robbie and Drake find themselves drawn to the history of the house and its secrets.
by Rodrigues Ottolengui - G.P. Putnam's Sons , 1898
These stories are worked out with great ingenuity, and will interest all who enjoy following the devious ways of the students of crime as fine art. Contents: The Phoenix of Crime; The Missing Link; The Nameless Man; The Montezuma Emerald; etc.
by Maurice LeBlanc - ManyBooks , 1910
When one of Arsene Lupin' victims is found dead in a way that implicates the wily criminal, he insists on heading the police search for the real murderer. The mystery involves finding a clock on which the number 813 has significance.
by Conrad Johnson - Smashwords , 2012
Arnie Penxa, ex war veteran and retired Detroit policeman, now working for a private school security firm, sniffs out a conspiracy for a multiple school shooting. The problem is that nobody wants to believe him except for a few close friends ...
Living and Dying in the Hamptons
by T. L. Ingham - Smashwords , 2012
Reid Larson's life becomes a whirlwind of adventure when she lands the job of her dreams at an art gallery in the Hamptons. But when the gallery suddenly becomes the center of a murder investigation and an art theft scandal, all eyes are on Reid.
The Mardi Gras Mystery
by Henry Bedford-Jones - Doubleday, Page & Company , 1921
This novel is an interesting mystery set in New Orleans at Mardi Gras involving a young woman, a young man, and an older man who are involved in a mystery of masques, burglary, a mysterious art theft, murder, fraud and illegal lotteries.
by Earl Derr Biggers - Feedbooks , 1921
From the pen of the creator of the famous Chinese detective, Charlie Chan -- a murder mystery in San Francisco and the only clue is a birthday cake with 50 candles. Along with the puzzle, there is a little dash of romance to keep the plot moving.
The Chinese Parrot
by Earl Derr Biggers - Feedbooks , 1926
The mystery novel in which Charlie Chan travels from Hawaii to California, and involves a crime whose exposure is hastened by the death of a parrot. The story concerns a valuable string of pearls which is purchased by an eccentric financier.
Seven Keys to Baldpate
by Earl Derr Biggers - Feedbooks , 1913
Published in 1913, Biggers' novel is a fun and rapid-paced read for fans of classic mystery fiction. The protagonist is a popular writer of the day who comes to a vacant mountain resort in winter, seeking solitude for writing a serious novel ...
The Borough Treasurer
by J.S. Fletcher - ManyBooks , 1921
This is a quite readable and well-plotted murder mystery without the customary clever detective who puts it all together. Instead the plot unrolls before the reader as it happens, but not without a few surprises and interesting twists.
by Sonya Lee - Smashwords , 2012
Katrina is awakened by noises in her apartment. She barely escapes before her apartment goes up in flames. When the fire departments arrive, they find a grizzly discovery. Now Katrina is on the run, trying to stay one step ahead of her stalker.
Watching For The Green Flash
by R.T. Hamilton Brown - Smashwords , 2012
This novel is a mystery with subtle overtones of humor. A wee bit of a road trip, and a totally wild and crazy read. Recommended for anyone who hates complicated stories that require a score card to keep track of all the players.
Murder in Steeple Martin
by Lesley Cookman - Smashwords , 2012
First in a series of British murder mysteries featuring retired actress and sleuth, Libby Sarjeant. Artist and ex-actress Libby is busy directing a play for the opening of a new theatre in her village when one of her cast is found murdered.
Always a Cold Deck
by Robert Bruce Stewart - Smashwords , 2012
Harry Reese is sent to Buffalo, New York, to look into a fire that has destroyed a grain elevator. But when he uncovers a smuggling, the case morphs into something more serious. Trains and steamships feature prominently as he crosses into Canada.
Tales of Secret Egypt
by Sax Rohmer - McKinlay, Stone & Mackenzie , 1920
This book is a 1918 collection of stories by Sax Rohmer, who is best known as the creator of Dr. Fu Manchu. Rohmer's love of all things Egyptian is obvious, and his depictions of the sights, sounds and smells of Cairo make that city come alive.
by David Grote - Smashwords , 2012
Plot twists galore, unforgettable characters, suspense, and humor. This story has it all. And it all comes together in the summer of 1977 at Southern California's volleyball paradise, Sorrento Beach. A great summer read for anyone ...
Merrie Axemas: A Killer Holiday Tale
by M. R. Sellars - Smashwords , 2012
Merrie Callahan is all grown up now. She doesn't believe in Santa anymore. But she still has an axe to grind with the man in the red suit. The book brings you to the edge, taunts you with unanswered questions, and hangs you with an alternate ending.
A Dream of Death
by Harrison Drake - Smashwords , 2012
As a serial killer terrorizes the area surrounding London, Canada, Detective Lincoln Munroe finds himself at a standstill waiting for the perfect killer to make his first mistake. Lincoln is haunted by dreams of discovering skeletal remains ...
In the Fog
by Richard Harding Davis - ManyBooks , 1901
Classic mystery and detective fiction of the Late Victorian era. Very atmospheric little puzzler set in London on a night of impenetrable fog. Surprise ending. Perfect story for curling up on the couch on a rainy or foggy night.
Not a Very Nice Woman
by John Eider - Smashwords , 2012
A woman is found dead in her room at the care home she lived in, strangled and left lying on her rug. Investigating the crime, detectives discover an alternative history of their town; a history which ultimately offers the solution to the mystery.
Six Seconds of Darkness
by Octavus Roy Cohen - ManyBooks , 1921
Energetic sleuth David Carroll, whose probe into police corruption has made him unpopular at headquarters, is put in charge of an investigation into the murder of civic reformer Edward Hamilton - and the three people trying to confess to the crime!
The Case of the Lamp That Went Out
by Auguste Groner - Project Gutenberg , 1999
Joseph Muller, Secret Service detective of the Imperial Austrian police, is one of the great experts in his profession. In personality he differs greatly from other famous detectives. He has not the impressive authority of Sherlock Holmes ...
Two Billion Reasons to Kill???
by James McLaughlin - Smashwords , 2012
Burton James is at it again. Joining forces with Captain Patrick Murphy of the Chicago PD, the pair put their heads together to discover who murdered a Chicago area tycoon on the Fourth of July. The motive was obviously money ... or was it???
The Defective Detective: The Curious Case of the Kilchester Courier
by Adam Maxwell - Feedbooks , 2012
Chasing a parcel delivered to a neighbour, Clint is sucked into a remarkably civilised but mildly deranged crime scene. There he encounters almost-blackmail, probable-sex scandals, genuine-imposters and the very real theft of something important.
by Stewart Edward White, Samuel Hopkins Adams - ManyBooks , 1907
The disappearance of three successive crews from the stout ship 'Laughing Lass' in mid-Pacific, is a mystery weird and inscrutable. In the solution, there is an exciting story of the most exciting voyage that man ever undertook.
Run to Earth
by Mary Elizabeth Braddon - eBooks@Adelaide , 2011
This novel is a blend of mystery and gothic horror, engaging in the narrative, the strong female characters portray an interesting side of Victorian life. The ending brought our heroine the respect she so clearly deserved.
by Dorothy Leigh Sayers - Feedbooks , 1923
Peter Wimsey investigates the sudden appearance of a naked body in the bath of an architect at the same time a financier goes missing under strange circumstances. As the case progresses it becomes clear that the two events are linked in some way.
Sweet Dream, Silver Screen
by Moxie Mezcal - ManyBooks , 2009
A young woman searches for her missing sister in a foreign country called America. On the road, she encounters a series of strangers who help her navigate its topography, including a cowboy in a pink Cadillac, a sadistic law enforcement agent ...
The Amateur Cracksman
by E. W. Hornung - Charles Scribner's Sons , 1905
The first in a series of books of the anti-hero, Raffles, a gentleman and a cricket player, who supports himself by carrying out ingenious burglaries. Told a la Sherlock Holmes stories, by Raffles' friend, with a good sense of humor.
by Matthew Benefiel - Smashwords , 2011
Robert Drake did not think much of his father's attempt to sway his dreams of becoming an FBI agent, nor the hallucination that took place during that attempt. It was long behind him now and he was bound and determined to make his own way in life.
The Egyptian Cat Mystery
by Harold Leland Goodwin - ManyBooks , 1961
In Chicago, a man speaks into the telephone: 'The cat is ready!' With these four words a chain of harrowing events is set into motion which involves Rick Brant and his pal Don Scott in ten days of danger, intrigue, and suspense.
When Thief Meets Thief
by Harry Stephen Keeler - ManyBooks , 1938
Tillary Steevens, novelist, stole the plots of all the stories that brought him fame. Jerry Hammond, rightful owner of the said plots, was driven by fate to making a living as a cracksman, after he had undergone a bewildering series of adventures.
by Moxie Mezcal - ManyBooks , 2010
A murder mystery about identity and alienation in the digital age. An idealistic journalist sets out to expose corruption among the city's elite and soon finds himself immersed in a conspiracy of murder, blackmail, espionage, and human trafficking.
Trent's Last Case
by E. C. Bentley - Project Gutenberg , 2001
The author tells the story of thoroughly unpleasant American millionaire Sigsbee Manderson, who is shot. Painter and journalist Philip Trent is asked to cover the story, and the challenge to solve the murder is too much to resist.
Cleek: the Man of the Forty Faces
by Thomas W. Hanshew - Feedbooks , 1912
An ex-cracksman turned Scotland Yard detective, Cleek's faultlessly dressed form is topped by an india-rubber-like face, of which he has remarkable control. With the power to distort and transform his visage, Cleek makes a super natural detective.
One Deadly Sister
by Rod Hoisington - Smashwords , 2010
An almost-too-clever young law student reluctantly attempts to rescue her estranged brother who is caught up in woman-trouble and a murder charge down in a hostile Florida town. He isn't looking for trouble but doesn't have a clue about women.
McAllister and His Double
by Arthur Cheney Train - Charles Scribner's Sons , 1905
It was a peculiar scene. Twenty men standing up for inspection, some gazing unconcernedly before them, some glaring defiantly at their observers, and others grinning recognition at familiar faces. McAllister grew cold with fright.
The Big Bow Mystery
by Israel Zangwill - Rand, McNally & Co. , 1895
A classic for all mystery lovers. The Big Bow Mystery by Israel Zangwill was the first locked room murder novel. It has been almost continuously in print since 1891 and has been used as the basis for three commercial films.
The Monk of Hambleton
by Armstrong Livingston - Rae D. Henkle co. , 1928
On the afternoon of a warm, late-summer day a number of men were loitering outside this door in various attitudes of leisure and repose. They were a sorry, unkempt lot, poorly clothed and unshaven, sullen of face and weary-eyed. When they moved...
The Winning Clue
by James Hay - Grosset & Dunlap , 1919
When a woman's voice, pitched to the high note of utter terror, rang out on the late morning quiet of Manniston Road, Lawrence Bristow looked up from his newspaper vaguely, as if he doubted his own ears. He was reading an account of a murder...
True Detective Stories
by Cleveland Moffett - Doubleday & McClure Co. , 1897
Stories from the archives of the Pinkertons. Contents: The Northampton Bank Robbery; The Susquehanna Express Robbery; The Pollock Diamond Robbery; The Rock Island Express; The Destruction of the Renos; The American Exchange Bank Robbery.
The Red House Mystery
by A. A. Milne - Project Gutenberg , 1999
Set in a country home, the novel opens on a party weekend, with most of the houseguests away from the house. A typical 'locked room mystery', the novel features characters who may not be all they seem to be, acting for mysterious motives.
The Stillwater Tragedy
by Thomas Bailey Aldrich - Project Gutenberg , 2004
This novel is believed to be the first in which a detective appears in English literature. The story is about a murder accusation. Aldrich writes in a straightforward, realistic style with stunningly majestic language. Full of suspense and thrill.
The Rome Express
by Arthur Griffiths - Project Gutenberg , 2004
A mysterious murder on a flying express train, a wily Italian, a charming woman, a chivalrous Englishman, and a police force with a keen nose for the wrong clue, are the ingredients from which Griffiths concocted a detective story.
Spymaster: The Woman Below
by Bea Anthony - Katiebooks Publication , 2010
Keeping your job is not easy when you're a troublesome old woman - unless you know everyone's secrets. Miss Whyte, devious Spymaster Emerita, stays on the job by subtle blackmail, controlling information, and playing one superior against another.
Ten Thousand Suspects
by Rayanda - RayandaArts , 2003
A hiker plunges to his death, a child is kidnapped and a man has his throat slashed to keep him from telling secrets that lure stolen art sleuth, Rane Lavita, and her pal, Chanlee, into the labyrinthine underbelly of the lucrative world of forgeries.
by Agatha Christie - Project Gutenberg , 2008
This is a work of detective fiction by Agatha Christie and first published in January 1922. The book introduces the characters of Tommy and Tuppence who feature in several other Christie books and stories throughout her writing career.
The Mysterious Affair at Styles
by Agatha Christie - Project Gutenberg , 2008
The heiress of Styles has been murdered, dying in agony from strychnine slipped into her coffee. There are plenty who would gain from her death: the financially strapped stepson, the gold digging younger husband, and an embittered daughter-in-law.
Bicycle Shop Murder
by Robert Burton Robinson , 2007
Greg Tenorly is selected as a juror for a murder trial. By the end of the first week, three people connected with the case are dead, and Greg is beginning to fear for his own life. His investigation might earn him a spot at the top of the hit list.