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The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Return of Sherlock Holmes artwork The Return of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1902
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Once again Mr Sherlock Holmes is free to devote his life to examining those interesting little problems which the complex life of London so plentifully presents'. Evil masterminds beware! Sherlock Holmes is back! Ten years after his supposed death in the swirling torrent of the Reichenbach Falls locked in the arms of his arch enemy Professor Moriarty, Arthur Conan Doyle agreed to pen further adventures featuring his brilliant detective. In the first story, 'The Empty House', Holmes returns to Baker Street and his good friend Watson, explaining how he escaped from his watery grave. In creating this collection of tales, Doyle had lost none of his cunning or panache, providing Holmes with a sparkling set of mysteries to solve and a challenging set of adversaries to defeat. The potent mixture includes murder, abduction, baffling cryptograms and robbery. We are also introduced to the one of the cruellest villains in the Holmes canon, the despicable Charles Augustus Milverton. As before, Watson is the superb narrator and the magic remains unchanged and undimmed.


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The Return of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes artwork The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1893
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Boasting some of Sherlock Holmes's finest adventures, this classic 1894 collection was originally written in serial form. Eleven of the most popular tales of the immortal sleuth include "Silver Blaze," concerning the "curious incident of the dog in the night-time"; "The Greek Interpreter," starring Holmes's even more formidable brother, Mycroft; and "The Final Problem," the detective's notorious confrontation with arch-criminal Moriarty at the Reichenbach Falls. Holmes and Dr. Watson remain history's greatest detective team, and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's portrayals of male comradeship, the thrills of the chase, and the misty precincts of Victorian London remains unmatched in detective literature.


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The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes - Arthur Conan Doyle

Harlan Page Halsey - Two Wonderful Detectives artwork Two Wonderful Detectives
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 July 2008
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is about the two detectives Jack and Gil and their marvelous detective skills.


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Two Wonderful Detectives - Harlan Page Halsey

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear artwork The Valley of Fear
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this tale drawn from the note books of Dr Watson, the deadly hand of Professor Moriarty once more reaches out to commit a vile and ingenious crime. However, a mole in Moriarty's frightening criminal organization alerts Sherlock Holmes of the evil deed by means of a cipher. When Holmes and Watson arrive at a Sussex manor house they appear to be too late. The discovery of a body suggests that Moriarty's henchmen have been at their work. But there is much more to this tale of murder than at first meets the eye and Sherlock Holmes is determined to get to the bottom of it.


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The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles artwork The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1901
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.


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The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins - A Fair Penitent artwork A Fair Penitent
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Delve into the seamy underside of eighteenth-century Paris in this gripping short story from beloved British author Wilkie Collins. The fair penitent of the title is a renowned stage actress who decides to give up her life of cultural refinement and cushy creature comforts to seek out a more spiritually fulfilling path. Will she find a way to make things right and repent?.


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A Fair Penitent - Wilkie Collins

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Valley of Fear artwork The Valley of Fear
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Holmes decodes a cipher warning from Moriarty's organization for "Douglas" in "Birlstone", but a corpse is there already. When Mr. Douglas blows the head off his American assassin, he dresses the body as himself, and hides, to throw off the chase for good. Holmes guesses the missing dumb-bell weighted down the killer's clothes in the moat. The calling card left, VV341, is Vermissa Valley Lodge 341. Decades ago for Pinkerton, he went months undercover, first with Freemen in Chicago, then west to desolate mountain coal mine area, to take down corrupt murderers who ran the Valley Freemen Lodge, but criminals pursued. Holmes warns Douglas, when acquitted, to flee England. But Moriarty prevails. The second Mrs. Douglas telegrams that her husband was lost overboard on his way to South Africa on a ship.


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The Valley of Fear - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - His Last Bow artwork His Last Bow
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

On the eve of the First World War, Von Bork, a German agent, is getting ready to leave England with his vast collection of intelligence, gathered over a four-year period. His wife and household have already left Harwich for Flushing in the Netherlands, leaving only him and his elderly housekeeper. Von Bork's diplomat friend, Baron von Herling, is impressed by his collection of vital British military secrets, and tells Von Bork that he will be received in Berlin as a hero. Von Bork indicates that he is waiting for one last transaction with his Irish-American informant, Altamont, who will arrive shortly with a rich treasure: naval signals.


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His Last Bow - Arthur Conan Doyle

Anna Katharine Green - A Difficult Problem artwork A Difficult Problem
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is a collection of ten short works of mysterious fiction by Anna Katharine Green. These ten short stories include the mystery stories as their basic theme.


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A Difficult Problem - Anna Katharine Green

Joseph Conrad - The Secret Agent artwork The Secret Agent
A Simple Tale
Joseph Conrad
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1906
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The story is set in London in 1886 and deals largely with the life of Mr. Verloc and his job as a spy. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism.


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The Secret Agent - Joseph Conrad

Wilkie Collins - The Dead Secret artwork The Dead Secret
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 03 September 2014
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The secret of the title is the parentage of the heroine, Rosamund Treverton, who has been passed off as the daughter of the wealthy former actress Mrs. Treverton of Porthgenna Tower, but is in fact the illegitimate child of her servant Sarah Leeson by a local miner. Sarah writes down the details of the secret from the words of the dying Mrs. Treverton, and hides the paper bearing the message in an unused room at Porthgenna. The novel then jumps forward some twenty years. Rosamund has married the blind Leonard Frankland, who now owns Porthgenna Tower. Sarah, under an assumed name, obtains a post as servant to the family, and gives Rosamund a cryptic warning to avoid the room in which the Secret is hidden. On a visit to Porthgenna, Rosamund finds the paper detailing the Secret and reveals it to Leonard. Leonard, who was originally deceived into thinking Rosamund was a wealthy heiress, accepts that his wife is illegitimate, but refuses to accept her inheritance. In the course of things, this would now pass to Mrs. Treverton’s miserly brother Andrew. But Andrew Treverton, somewhat out of character, refuses to accept the windfall and Rosamund remains the heiress of the Trevertons in the expected happy ending.


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The Dead Secret - Wilkie Collins

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Adventure of the Dying Detective artwork The Adventure of the Dying Detective
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Adventure of the Dying Detective is one of the more character centered Sherlock Holmes stories. The story begins with Dr. Watson, who is in his second year of marriage and so living away from B Baker street, being called to the detective’s home by Mrs. Hudson.


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The Adventure of the Dying Detective - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax artwork The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Sherlock Holmes is engaged to solve the disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax. Lady Frances had last been seen at the Englischer Hoff were she befriended a convalescing missionary called Dr. Schlessinger.


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The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax - Arthur Conan Doyle

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles artwork The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1901
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.


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The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

Gilbert Keith Chesterton - The Man Who Knew Too Much artwork The Man Who Knew Too Much
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1934
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ has some similarities to the Father Brown stories: Horne Fisher the eponymous hero is connected and indeed related to many of the high-ranking politicians of his age and thus ‘knows too much’ about the background of the mysteries in which he becomes embroiled and which he unravels.


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The Man Who Knew Too Much - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Mystery of Cloomber artwork The Mystery of Cloomber
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

What dark deed from the past haunts Major Heatherstone? Why does he live like a hermit at Cloomber Hall, forbidding his children to venture beyond the estate grounds? Why is he plagued by the sound of a tolling bell, and why does his paranoia rise to frantic levels each year on the fifth of October? With the sudden appearance of three shipwrecked Buddhist monks, the answers to these questions follow close behind. Arthur Conan Doyle's Gothic thriller unfolds in his native Scotland, in a remote coastal village surrounded by dreary moors. The creator of Sherlock Holmes combines his skill at weaving tales of mystery with his deep fascination with spiritualism and the paranormal. First published in 1889, the novel offers a cautionary view of British colonialism in the form of a captivating story of murder and revenge.


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The Mystery of Cloomber - Arthur Conan Doyle

Wilkie Collins - I Say No artwork I Say No
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1883
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Emily Brown is an orphan girl that almost no one can help but love when they meet her. She is pursued by two worthy men: Mr. Alban Morris, the drawing master at her school; and Rev. Miles Mirabel, a clergyman. However, one of them is lying to her after she discovers that her father's death wasn't natural, as she was led to believe.


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I Say No - Wilkie Collins

Laura Jean Libbey - Kidnapped at the Altar artwork Kidnapped at the Altar
Laura Jean Libbey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1924
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a thriller fiction in which, A very eligible young man is about to marry a beautiful young heiress. The heiress gets kidnapped on their wedding day by a man who imprisons her in a tower. Meanwhile the hero rescues a young woman from being abused by her family and takes her on as a protegee. The groom presumes that his fiancee has abandoned him and he returns to normal life.


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Kidnapped at the Altar - Laura Jean Libbey

Arthur Conan Doyle - Uncle Bernac artwork Uncle Bernac
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Historical
Publish Date: 07 July 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery book. Looking for a replacement to Sherlock Holmes after the author had killed him off in 1894, Doyle wrote this murder mystery in the dying years of the 19th century. Set in Napoleon's era, it involves a Frenchman returning to his native land to join the Emperor's ranks.


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Uncle Bernac - Arthur Conan Doyle

Anna Katharine Green - The Gray Madam artwork The Gray Madam
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this story Wilbur sees a woman dressed in a gray cloak leave his wife Lydia's room. They don't know the woman and had not let her in. So who is she? How did she get into the room? Why did she come? She can't have been a ghost, or can she? Wilbur wants to know and decides to solve this mystery.


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The Gray Madam - Anna Katharine Green

Mark Twain - A Double Barrelled Detective Story artwork A Double Barrelled Detective Story
Mark Twain
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1910
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A Double Barrelled Detective Story is a novel by Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens), in which Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the American west. At a mining camp in California, Fetlock Jones, a nephew of Sherlock Holmes, kills his master, a silver-miner, by blowing up his cabin. Since this occurs when Holmes happens to be visiting, he brings his skills to bear upon the case and arrives at logically worked conclusions that are proved to be abysmally wrong by an amateur detective with an extremely keen sense of smell, which he employs in solving the case. This could be seen as yet another piece where Twain tries to prove that life does not quite follow logic.


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A Double Barrelled Detective Story - Mark Twain

Edgar Wallace - The Daffodil Mystery artwork The Daffodil Mystery
Edgar Wallace
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1932
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

When Mr. Thomas Lyne, poet, poseur. and owner of Lyne's Emporium insults a cashier, Odette Rider, she resigns. Having summoned detective Jack Tarling to investigate another employee, Mr. Milburgh, Lyne now changes his plans. Tarling and his Chinese companion refuse to become involved. They pay a visit to Odette's flat. In the hall, Tarling meets Sam, convicted felon and protégé of Lyne. Next morning Tarling discovers a body. The hands are crossed on the breast, adorned with a handful of daffodils.


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The Daffodil Mystery - Edgar Wallace

Anna Katharine Green - The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow artwork The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow she breaks more ground with her in-depth study of the psychological interplay between the murderer, the victim and the witnesses. Although more quietly paced, this mystery presents many elements of a current psychological thriller: blind ambition, narcissism, obsession and betrayal. Green adds a peculiar twist with the fact that two heartbroken relatives of the victim sacrifice virtually everything to protect the murderer.


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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow - Anna Katharine Green

Harlan Page Halsey - A Successful Shadow artwork A Successful Shadow
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 02 August 2008
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The woman removed her veil, and indeed she did have two ghastly looking scars, but she had exaggerated her disfigurement, for despite the scars hers was not an uncomely face to look upon. Her eyes were beautiful, and the detective was led to say with chivalrous truth and gallantry. The woman's voice was very musical; she spoke in low tones and her pronunciation and general demeanor betrayed the fact that gentle blood ran in her veins.


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A Successful Shadow - Harlan Page Halsey

Gilbert Keith Chesterton - The Wisdom of Father Brown artwork The Wisdom of Father Brown
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and "civilized" clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O'Connor (1870 - 1952), a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire.


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The Wisdom of Father Brown - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Gaston Leroux - The Secret of the Night artwork The Secret of the Night
Gaston Leroux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 15 April 1927
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Rouletabille, an infallible unraveller of criminal mysteries, figures in an atmosphere of vodka, nihilists and unpronounceable names.


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The Secret of the Night - Gaston Leroux

Anna Katharine Green - The Old Stone House and Other Stories artwork The Old Stone House and Other Stories
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Well-written collection of short stories. Each one contains a mystery and a romantic involvement in the plot, and some have a twist ending.


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The Old Stone House and Other Stories - Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green - The Hermit Of ——— Street artwork The Hermit Of ——— Street
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is about a horrible crime story against two women written by Anna Katherine Green. This story is a mystery detective that revolves around these two women involved in the crime.


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The Hermit Of ——— Street - Anna Katharine Green

Grant Allen - An African Millionaire artwork An African Millionaire
Grant Allen
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1898
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Wealthy, confident and handsome, Sir Charles Van Drift spends his time jetting to exotic locales with his wife and in-laws. But on one fateful trip to the Riviera, Van Drift meets his match in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the master of disguise swindles Van Drift through three continents and poses a serious risk to his South African diamond fortune.


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An African Millionaire - Grant Allen

Wilkie Collins - The Law and the Lady artwork The Law and the Lady
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1874
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville despite objections from Woodville's family leading to disquiet for Valeria's own family and friends. Just a few days after the wedding, various incidents lead Valeria to suspect her husband is hiding a dark secret in his past and she discovers that he has been using a false name. He refuses to discuss it leading them to curtail their honeymoon and return to London where Valeria learns that he was on trial for his first wife's murder by arsenic. He was tried in a Scottish court and the verdict was 'Not Proven' rather than 'not guilty' implying his guilt but without enough proof for a jury to convict him. Valeria sets out to save their happiness by proving her husband innocent of the crime. In her quest, she comes across the disabled character Miserrimus Dexter, a fascinating but mentally unstable genius, and his devoted female cousin, Ariel. Dexter will prove crucial to uncovering the disturbing truth behind the mysterious death.


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The Law and the Lady - Wilkie Collins

Max Heindel - The Rosicrucian Mysteries artwork The Rosicrucian Mysteries
Max Heindel
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1919
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A primer for those interested in the basic philosophy, beliefs & secrets of the Rosicrucians.


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The Rosicrucian Mysteries - Max Heindel

Jean Webster - The Four Pools Mystery artwork The Four Pools Mystery
Jean Webster
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1915
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is an interesting mystery although fiction still gives a glimpse of conditions in the south post-civil war.


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The Four Pools Mystery - Jean Webster

Anna Katharine Green - The House in the Mist artwork The House in the Mist
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is a part of mystery collection. It contains two additional short stories, "The Ruby and the Caldron" and "The Hermit of -- Street. " .


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The House in the Mist - Anna Katharine Green

Edgar Wallace - Bones artwork Bones
Edgar Wallace
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1932
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is a time when the major world powers are vying for colonial honors, a time of ju-ju, witch doctors, and an uneasy peace with Bosambo, impressive chief of the Ochori. When Commissioner Sanders goes on leave, the trusty Lieutenant Hamilton takes over administration of the African territories. However, yet again, the trouble-prone Bones, while meaning to assist, only manages to spread his own unique style of innocent and endearing mischief.


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Bones - Edgar Wallace

Guy de Maupassant - Strong as Death artwork Strong as Death
Guy de Maupassant
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1892
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This novel explores the mysterious -- and, for the protagonist, tragic -- interaction of love and creativity. Broad daylight streamed down into the vast studio through a skylight in the ceiling, which showed a large square of dazzling blue, a bright vista of limitless heights of azure, across which passed flocks of birds in rapid flight. But the glad light of heaven hardly entered this severe room, with high ceilings and draped walls, before it began to grow soft and dim, to slumber among the hangings and die in the portieres, hardly penetrating to the dark corners where the gilded frames of portraits gleamed like flame. Peace and sleep seemed imprisoned there, the peace characteristic of an artist’s dwelling, where the human soul has toiled. Within these walls, where thought abides, struggles, and becomes exhausted in its violent efforts, everything appears weary and overcome as soon as the energy of action is abated; all seems dead after the great crises of life, and the furniture, the hangings, and the portraits of great personages still unfinished on the canvases, all seem to rest as if the whole place had suffered the master’s fatigue and had toiled with him, taking part in the daily renewal of his struggle. A vague, heavy odor of paint, turpentine, and tobacco was in the air, clinging to the rugs and chairs; and no sound broke the deep silence save the sharp short cries of the swallows that flitted above the open skylight, and the dull, ceaseless roar of Paris, hardly heard above the roofs. Nothing moved except a little cloud of smoke that rose intermittently toward the ceiling with every puff that Olivier Bertin, lying upon his divan, blew slowly from a cigarette between his lips.


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Strong as Death - Guy de Maupassant

James Hay - The Winning Clue artwork The Winning Clue
James Hay
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The author has set his story in a small Southern American town in his own time period. In expressing local concepts, behavior and speech patterns by, about, and with regard to Native Americans, he appears pretty accurately to capture what the Southerner.


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The Winning Clue - James Hay

Arthur Benjamin Reeve - The Silent Bullet artwork The Silent Bullet
Arthur Benjamin Reeve
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the 'American Shelock Holmes'. Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science. This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The first story, The Silent Bullet, has everyone wondering how a bullet could kill someone with no noise. Today, silencers on guns are commonplace in movies and on TV. Or as in 'The Deadly Tube' featuring the story of a doctor causing his patients much harm with evil x-rays, or the developmnt of the gyroscope for aeroplanes in 'The Terror in the Air'. Each story features a facinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way.


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The Silent Bullet - Arthur Benjamin Reeve

Anna Katharine Green - The Millionaire Baby artwork The Millionaire Baby
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The morning of August eighteenth, 190-, was a memorable one to me. For two months I had had a run of bad luck. During that time I had failed to score in at least three affairs of unusual importance, and the result was a decided loss in repute as well as great financial embarrassment. As I had a mother and two sisters to support and knew but one way to do it, I was in a state of profound discouragement. This was before I took up the morning papers. After I had opened and read them, not a man in New York could boast of higher hopes or greater confidence in his power to rise by one bold stroke from threatened bankruptcy to immediate independence.


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The Millionaire Baby - Anna Katharine Green

Gilbert Keith Chesterton - The Innocence of Father Brown artwork The Innocence of Father Brown
Gilbert Keith Chesterton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Father Brown is a short, unpresuming, non-descript Catholic priest who has a knack for being present at mysterious murders and thefts. As a priest, he has heard a lot of confessions, so that his innocence is only on the surface. His understanding of the psychological and spiritual nature of Man, coupled with his keen observation and deductive reasoning enables him to solve the most mysterious of crimes.


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The Innocence of Father Brown - Gilbert Keith Chesterton

Anna Katharine Green - The Staircase At The Heart's Delight artwork The Staircase At The Heart's Delight
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this story Mr. Gryce of the New York policeforce, tells about the mystery of the 3 rich men who all drowned in mysterious circumstances. Gryce feels that there is something fishy about these death, but at first he has no clues at all. Then one day a young men walks into the policestation with a very important clue, and Gryce is given the job to follow this up.


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The Staircase At The Heart's Delight - Anna Katharine Green

Arthur Benjamin Reeve - The Ear in the Wall artwork The Ear in the Wall
Arthur Benjamin Reeve
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1915
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Kennedy (PI) and Jameson (newspaper reporter) are Reeve's Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. In this book they help Carton, the District Attorney, unravel a tangled web of corruption and criminal activity in their fair city. Carton is running for elections and is trying to clean up the corruption that has ruled the city, especially a few major criminals that have bonded together to keep things lucrative for themselves. One of them is running in the election. These 3 guys along with a woman PI find out the truth and slowly uncover and convict the criminals one by one.


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The Ear in the Wall - Arthur Benjamin Reeve

L. Frank Baum - Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls artwork Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls
L. Frank Baum
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1919
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Bluebird Books is a series of novels popular with teenage girls in the 1910s and 1920s. The title character is Mary Louise Burrows. In the first books of the series, she is a fifteen-year-old girl with unusual maturity (though the other girls in her boarding school find her somewhat priggish). She is suddenly confronted with the fact that her beloved grandfather is suspected of no less a crime than treason against the United States.


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Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls - L. Frank Baum

Anna Katharine Green - Dark Hollow artwork Dark Hollow
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1913
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A man by the name of Etheridge was found beaten to death. A local inn-keeper, is convicted and executed for the crime. Many years later, "a woman in purple" shows up at the house of Ostrander, the respected judge who had sentenced the inn-keeper to be executed. This mysterious woman turns out to be the wife of the convicted man, but she does not believe he was guilty. She visits the Judge, to challenge him on his verdict. He listens to her plea, but reaffirms his belief in her husbands guilt. Having nowhere to go, Deborah is given the position of maid, which she secretly uses to obtain proof of her husband's innocence and the identity of the real killer.


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Dark Hollow - Anna Katharine Green

Louis Joseph Vance - The Lone Wolf artwork The Lone Wolf
Louis Joseph Vance
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1933
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Vance's character Michael Lanyard, a jewel thief turned private detective and known as "The Lone Wolf" and this is a series of private detective tales.


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The Lone Wolf - Louis Joseph Vance

Arthur Benjamin Reeve - The Poisoned Pen artwork The Poisoned Pen
Arthur Benjamin Reeve
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A classic mystery tale is presented in this book. Dr. Kennedy, the protagonist, is a prime example of the "scientific" detective, a Sherlock Holmes with gadgets, and there is little, if any attempt at character development. There are also stereotypes prevalent at the time the book was written. All the women are young and beautiful, especially the criminals, and the heroines are also sweet, plucky, and innocent.


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The Poisoned Pen - Arthur Benjamin Reeve

Wadsworth Camp - The Abandoned Room artwork The Abandoned Room
Wadsworth Camp
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1936
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The mystery of a secret room, scene of many murders, is unraveled by Carlos Paredes, the Panamanian Sherlock Holmes.


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The Abandoned Room - Wadsworth Camp

Anna Katharine Green - The Mill Mystery artwork The Mill Mystery
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1885
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A well-respected clergyman is found dead at an old abandoned mill. It appears to be accidental death, or maybe suicide. But, the news of this death has a fatal effect on two women. One is his fiancee, and the other is a wealthy matron living on the other side of town. The fiancee's roommate, an orphan, investigates the crime, out of loyalty to her dead roommate.


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The Mill Mystery - Anna Katharine Green

Ernest William Hornung - The Shadow of the Rope artwork The Shadow of the Rope
Ernest William Hornung
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1901
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Rachel Minchin stands in the dock, accused of murdering the dissolute husband she was preparing to leave. The trial is sensational, and public opinion vehemently and almost universally against her. When the jury astonishes and outrages the world with a vedict of not Guilty, Rachel quickly finds herself in need of protection. It comes in the form of a surprising offer of marriage from a mysterious stranger who has sat through every day of her trial. The marriage to this intriguing stranger, Mr. Steel, is by mutual agreement to be a platonic one, the only condition of which is that neither is ever to question the other about the past. The two travel to Steel’s remote country estate, where Rachel accidentally discovers that her second husband’s past was somehow intertwined with her first husband’s history – but how, exactly, and why he determined to marry her, Steel will not say. As her doubts about her husband increase, local busybodies threaten to unearth Rachel’s own past. And that is the least of the secrets that comes to light as this entertaining mystery unfolds.


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The Shadow of the Rope - Ernest William Hornung

Louis Tracy - Number Seventeen artwork Number Seventeen
Louis Tracy
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1928
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery novel book. Seventeen. A mystery novel featuring Winter and Fourneaux. Sparring police partners Winter and Furneaux are back at each others throats in this mystery-thriller, as they solve the murder of Edith Lester, occupant of room Number Seventeen.


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Number Seventeen - Louis Tracy

Auguste Groner - The Case of the Golden Bullet artwork The Case of the Golden Bullet
Auguste Groner
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1929
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Joseph Muller is a detective of the same caliber as Sherlock Holmes, Hamilton Cleek and Inspector Clouseau (of Pink Panther fame) and, like all of them he has his flaws. It isn’t the arrogance of Holmes nor is it neither the simplicity of Cleek nor the bumbling luck of Clouseau but Muller’s great fault is sympathy for his prey. When a young woman jumps from a window to her death, the coroner doesn’t hesitate to declare the death a suicide. This conclusion doesn’t fit into Muller’s findings and he vows to solve the case no matter how long it takes. When a certain murder is committed later, the Imperial Austrian Police call this detective in hoping he can solve the case. The case is unique in the fact that the victim is shot with a bullet of pure gold.


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The Case of the Golden Bullet - Auguste Groner

George Barr McCutcheon - The Rose in the Ring artwork The Rose in the Ring
George Barr McCutcheon
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1909
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In Orchard Street, near the tenement that saw the murder of Merrihew, George Barr McCutcheon placed the basement joint where gathered the yeggmen to await the execution of Dick Cronk for the murder of Colonel Grand. In this group was the hunchback brother of the condemned man, Ernie Cronk, the real murderer.


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The Rose in the Ring - George Barr McCutcheon

Anna Katharine Green - The Leavenworth Case artwork The Leavenworth Case
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A story of mystery and crime and is here narrated with an artistic skill which inevitably holds the interest of the reader, even to the point of the highest tension, to the close of the last chapter. It involves a case of wrongful suspicion in a murder, was highly regarded for its insight into legal procedure, and was used at Yale as an example of the dangers of relying on circumstantial evidence.


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The Leavenworth Case - Anna Katharine Green

George Barr McCutcheon - The Daughter of Anderson Crow artwork The Daughter of Anderson Crow
George Barr McCutcheon
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1906
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Marshall of a sleepy town is oblivious to his stupidity in solving crimes that always seem to work out. A baby was left on his doorstep and he spends the book solving the crime and trying to find the parents of his ‘foster’ daughter.


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The Daughter of Anderson Crow - George Barr McCutcheon

Louis Tracy - The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley artwork The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley
Louis Tracy
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1928
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

When John Trenholme, artist, accepted a welcome commission from a magazine editor to journey down to a certain old Hertfordshire village and make a series of sketches of its imperiled beauties, he looked forward to nothing more exciting than an agreeable, wholly peaceful little expedition. Certainly he did not in the least expect to get mixed up with a murder, and to find himself one of the most important witnesses in this case.


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The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley - Louis Tracy

Melville Davisson Post - The Sleuth of St. James's Square artwork The Sleuth of St. James's Square
Melville Davisson Post
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 23 June 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Very good mystery stories by one of the greatest American mystery writers. These stories are loosely connected, and feature (in a manner of speaking) the detective Sir Henry Marquis. For example: some of them are stories told by Sir Henry. One of the many things that makes Post's writing stand out is the way he plays around with narrative structure.


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The Sleuth of St. James's Square - Melville Davisson Post

Auguste Groner - The Case of the Lamp That Went Out artwork The Case of the Lamp That Went Out
Auguste Groner
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1929
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery book. 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 neither the impressive authority of Sherlock Holmes, nor the keen brilliancy of Monsieur Lecoq. Muller is a small, slight, plain looking man, of indefinite age, and of much humbleness of mien. A naturally retiring, modest disposition, and two external causes are the reasons for Muller's humbleness of manner, which is his chief characteristic. One cause is the fact that in early youth a miscarriage of justice gave him several years in prison, an experience which cast a stigma on his name and which made it impossible for him, for many years after, to obtain honest employment. But the world is richer, and safer, by Muller's early misfortune. For it was this experience which threw him back on his own peculiar talents for a livelihood, and drove him into the police force. Had he been able to enter any other profession, his genius might have been stunted to a mere pastime, instead of being, as now, utilised for the public good.


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The Case of the Lamp That Went Out - Auguste Groner

Robert Barr - The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont artwork The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont
Robert Barr
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 31 December 1911
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Triumphs of Eugene Valmont (1906) brings together tales of the multifarious exploits of Robert Barr's elegant and cunning sleuth, Valmont, a brilliantly ironic parody of Sherlock Holmes. Exhibiting the crucial combination of realism and imagination that characterizes the finest crime writing, the stories exude playfulness and wit, blending mystery and quasi-Gothic thrills with humorous detours and romantic adventure.


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The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont - Robert Barr

Anna Katharine Green - A Strange Disappearance artwork A Strange Disappearance
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1879
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is a collection of short works of mysterious fiction by Anna Katharine Green. These short stories include the mystery stories as their basic theme.


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A Strange Disappearance - Anna Katharine Green

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Ernest Maltravers — Complete artwork Ernest Maltravers — Complete
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This novel starts out0 with a bang as Ernest Maltravers, on a walking tour, becomes lost in the dark and arrives at a peasant's cottage. The surly cottage occupant isn't very helpful, even after he is offered money for directions. That is, until he sees Maltravers' nice watch. Our lost hero is then invited to eat and spend the night. Mine host is planning to murder the traveler as he sleeps to obtain the watch and money, then hide the body. The events of this night change Maltravers' life forever.


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Ernest Maltravers — Complete - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Anna Katharine Green - The Chief Legatee artwork The Chief Legatee
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A vanishing bride, not one but two siblings rise from the grave, a young woman kidnapped as a child returns home. This relates with the thriller mystery collection of the author.


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The Chief Legatee - Anna Katharine Green

George Barr McCutcheon - Anderson Crow, Detective artwork Anderson Crow, Detective
George Barr McCutcheon
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1920
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Set in the small town of Tinkletown, and Anderson Crowe is the deputy marshal of the town, and also the deputy superintendent of the fire department, commissioner of the water works, and various other official positions he has managed to wrangle his way into. He is a very self-important man, prone to bluster and lies to aggrandize himself. He is, in short, an idiot, and on the rare occasions when he manages to be in the right place at the right time it is purely by accident.


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Anderson Crow, Detective - George Barr McCutcheon

Hector Malot - Conscience artwork Conscience
Hector Malot
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1892
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Un jeune médecin, pour échapper à ses dettes, tue un vieil usurier atteint de diabète, condamné de toute façon par la maladie. Par erreur, c'est le frère de celle qu'il aime, qui est accusé et condamné aux travaux forcés. Cependant une vieille infirme l'a reconnu. Pour l'empêcher de témoigner, il l'assassine à son tour. Sa conscience le torture mais il parvient à la faire taire pour parvenir au rang social qu'il s'était fixé.


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Conscience - Hector Malot

Edgar Jepson - The Loudwater Mystery artwork The Loudwater Mystery
Edgar Jepson
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1920
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is an English detective story in which neither the characters nor the plot are unusual, though they are nicely managed. The action never lags, and the ending is rather out of the ordinary. Lord Loudwater is found murdered in his house one evening. Unfortunately for Detective Flexen, who is to investigate the case, Lord Loudwater was not a very agreeable sort of fellow and almost every person in his vicinity had a motive for the crime. Was it his young wife or her lover, his former fiance or even one of the servants.


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The Loudwater Mystery - Edgar Jepson

Alexandre Dumas - Joan of Naples artwork Joan of Naples
Alexandre Dumas
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1477
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is the story of crimes against the royalty. The vast split between the masses and the elite, the frustration and aggravation in the masses, heedlessness of the authorities and the consequences thereof are depicted. It is a powerful story that highlights the antagonism between the two classes.


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Joan of Naples - Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins - Basil artwork Basil
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a novel book. Basil, son of a father who values the family pedigree and who would not let him marry below his station, falls in love at first sight with a girl he sees on a bus. He follows her and discovers she is Margaret Sherwin, only daughter of a linen draper. He persuades her father to let him marry her secretly. He agrees on the condition, that, as his daughter is only seventeen, they live apart for the first year. At first the secret works, but then the mysterious Mannion, whose emotions cannot be read in his face, returns from abroad. On the last night of the year Basil follows Margaret and Mannion and discovers them in flagrante delicto. The tension up to this point is beautifully controlled by the writer. Basil has suffered estrangement from his dear sister Clara because of Margaret, only to discover she is not what he thought. He attacks Mannion in the street and tries to murder him, but succeeds only in mutilating his face by pushing it into the fresh tarmacadam in the road. Margaret goes to visit Mannion in hospital, catches typhus from another patient and dies. Basil has lost everything, including his relationship with his family. Mannion swears revenge and Basil flees from him to Cornwall. The dénouement is worthy of Conan Doyle, set among whirlpools and cliffs near Lands End. Mrs Sherwin, Margaret’s mother, was Collins’ very first mad woman.


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Basil - Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins - My Lady's Money artwork My Lady's Money
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1878
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is more of an investigative drama and one of the best works in Detectiive fiction category.


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My Lady's Money - Wilkie Collins

William Le Queux - As we forgive them. Spanish artwork As we forgive them. Spanish
William Le Queux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1927
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Es una novela sobre un hombre Burton Blair y su hija Mabel que están guardando un secreto. Un día, en un viaje de regreso, Blair está encontrado muerto en un tren. Una persona desconocida ha sido nombrado para ejecutar la voluntad de Blair, pero nadie sabe por qué. Es una novela de misterio.


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As we forgive them. Spanish - William Le Queux

Richard Harding Davis - Somewhere in France artwork Somewhere in France
Richard Harding Davis
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 10 April 1916
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

An evil French woman, is a spy for the Germans during World War I. She vamps and seduces officers of the French high command, accumulating state secrets and then discarding her lovers. Chaumontel is the mistress of Captain Henry Ravignac (played by Storm). She steals some papers from him and gives them to the Germans, then escapes to Berlin. He is tried and found guilty of neglect. He then commits suicide. His brother, Lieutenant Charles Ravignac (played by Hickman), vows revenge on Chaumontel. Pretending to be a spy, he goes to work for the Germans and becomes her assistant. He poses as a chauffeur of her phony countess.


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Somewhere in France - Richard Harding Davis

Anna Katharine Green - The Circular Study artwork The Circular Study
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this well-plotted, character-driven mystery, Detective Gryce receives a cryptic message calling him to the scene of a “strange” crime. He soon finds that the adjective is correct, for in a quiet brownstone house in a respectable New York City neighborhood, he finds the body of a man brutally stabbed to death, yet lovingly laid out on the floor of his study.


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The Circular Study - Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green - The Mayor's Wife artwork The Mayor's Wife
Anna Katharine Green
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A passable 'ghost' story goes off the rails in an entirely new direction three-fourths of the way through the book. This mystery fiction follows the ghost story.


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The Mayor's Wife - Anna Katharine Green

John Payne - Tales from the Arabic — Volume 02 artwork Tales from the Arabic — Volume 02
John Payne
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1915
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a crime story book. Now she was surpassing of beauty; so I required her of herself; but she refused and clave fast to God (to whom belong might and majesty), wherefore folly [FN#8] prompted me, so that I agreed with one of the youths that he should steal clothes and coin from my father's house. Then I laid hands on him [and carried him] to my father and made him confess. So he a vouched that the woman was his mistress from the city and had been stoned on his account and that she was of accord with him concerning the theft and had opened the doors to him, and this was a lie against her, for that she had not yielded to me in that which I sought of her.


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Tales from the Arabic — Volume 02 - John Payne

Wilkie Collins - A House to Let artwork A House to Let
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 10 May 2005
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The plot concerns an elderly woman, Sophonisba, who notices signs of life in a supposedly empty dilapidated house opposite her own, and employs the efforts of an elderly admirer, Jabez Jarber, and her servant, Trottle, to discover what is happening within.


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A House to Let - Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins - The New Magdalen artwork The New Magdalen
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The opening chapters of this sensational novel focus on Mercy Merrick, a nurse in the Franco-Prussian War. Mercy's post is taken over by the Germans. Mercy meets the emergency with great skill and aplomb, comforting the wounded soldiers and ensuring their safe passage. Her bravery is set in opposition to the cowardly surgeon and a timid English gentlewoman on her way to England to claim an inheritance from relatives who have never before met her. In the midst of the battle, the English woman is killed. Mercy determines to take over the dead woman's identity and claim her inheritance. She successfully does so. However, it miraculously turns out that the Englishwoman was not dead at all, merely stunned, and she arrives in England looking for revenge. It is impossible for her to prove her identity until Mercy confesses. Even then, the reader has sympathy for the desperation that caused her to take on the impersonation and her story ends happily as she goes off to a happy marriage and to nurse orphans.


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The New Magdalen - Wilkie Collins

Richard de Bury - The Love of Books artwork The Love of Books
Richard de Bury
Genre: Police Procedural
Publish Date: 31 December 1344
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery book. And indeed if so wonderful a prophet, having a fore-knowledge of divine secrets, wished so anxiously to consider how he might gratefully repay the blessings graciously bestowed, what can we do, who are but rude thanks givers and most greedy receivers, laden with infinite divine benefits? Assuredly we ought with anxious deliberation and abundant consideration, having first invoked the Sevenfold Spirit, that it may burn in our musings as an illuminating fire, fervently to prepare a way without hinderance, that the bestower of all things may be cheerfully worshipped in return for the gifts that He has bestowed, that our neighbour may be relieved of his burden, and that the guilt contracted by sinners every day may be redeemed by the atonement of alms giving. Forewarned therefore through the admonition of the Psalmist's devotion by Him who alone prevents and perfects the goodwill of man, without Whom we have no power even so much as to think, and Whose gift we doubt not it is, if we have done anything good, we have diligently inquired and considered in our own heart as well as with others, what among the good offices of various works of piety would most please the Almighty, and would be more beneficial to the Church Militant.


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The Love of Books - Richard de Bury

John Payne - Tales from the Arabic — Volume 03 artwork Tales from the Arabic — Volume 03
John Payne
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1915
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a crime story book. There with al the damsel rose briskly and putting off her clothes, washed and donned sumptuous apparel and perfumed herself and went out to him, as she were a willow-wand or a bamboo-cane, followed by a black slave girl, bearing the lute. When she came to the young man, she saluted him and sat down by his side. Then she took the lute from the slave-girl and tuning it, smote thereon in four-and-twenty modes, after which she returned to the first mode and sang the following verses: Unto me the world's whole gladness is thy nearness and thy sight; All incumbent thy possession and thy love a law of right.


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Tales from the Arabic — Volume 03 - John Payne

Joshua Slocum - Voyage of the Liberdade artwork Voyage of the Liberdade
Joshua Slocum
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 09 June 2006
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Great mariner's thrilling, first-hand account of the wreck of his ship off the coast of South America, the 35-foot "brave little craft" he built from the wreckage, and its remarkable, danger-fraught voyage home. A 19th-century maritime classic brimming with courage, ingenuity, and daring.


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Voyage of the Liberdade - Joshua Slocum

Ernest William Hornung - Mr. Justice Raffles artwork Mr. Justice Raffles
Ernest William Hornung
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1908
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Raffles had vanished from the face of the town, and even I had no conception of his whereabouts until he cabled to me to meet the 7. 31 at Charing Cross next night. That was on the Tuesday before the 'Varsity match, or a full fortnight after his mysterious disappearance. The telegram was from Carlsbad, of all places for Raffles of all men! of course there was only one thing that could possibly have taken so rare a specimen of physical fitness to any such pernicious spot. But to my horror he emerged from the train, on the Wednesday evening, a cadaverous caricature of the splendid person I had gone to meet.  "Not a word, my dear Bunny, till I have bitten British beef!" said he, in tones as hollow as his cheeks. "No, I'm not going to stop to clear my baggage now. You can do that for me to-morrow, Bunny, like a dear good pal".


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Mr. Justice Raffles - Ernest William Hornung

Gaston Leroux - Le parfum de la Dame en noir artwork Le parfum de la Dame en noir
Gaston Leroux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 15 April 1927
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

On retrouve dans Le Parfum de la dame en noir tous les personnages du fameux Mystère de la chambre jaune. Grâce à Rouletabille, le mariage de Robert Darzac et de Mathilde Stangerson a enfin eu lieu et la mort de leur ennemi est officiellement constatée. A peine partie en voyage de noces, cependant, la belle Mathilde appelle Rouletabille à son secours


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Le parfum de la Dame en noir - Gaston Leroux

Louis Tracy - The Stowmarket Mystery artwork The Stowmarket Mystery
Louis Tracy
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1928
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A delightful mystery from 1909 about a lawyer's client accused of murder who is trying to clear his good name. The story requires the reader to learn about the history of a family and the history of a quaint English village.


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The Stowmarket Mystery - Louis Tracy

Bayard Taylor - Who was She? artwork Who was She?
Bayard Taylor
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1877
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The mystery portrays a feministic theme in which a woman's addresses and letters are being read. The narrator identified the writing to be of a woman. The woman spoke about the social customs, men and girls. Therefore the the theme is portrayed to be feministic in approach. The narrator then tries to personify the identity of woman.


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Who was She? - Bayard Taylor

Wilkie Collins - Hide and Seek artwork Hide and Seek
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1964
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Mary Grice is courted and seduced by a man calling himself Arthur Carr. Carr is called away on business, and his letters to Mary (presumably professing his honourable intentions toward her) are intercepted by Mary’s sister Joanna, who considers Carr to be socially inferior to the Grices. Joanna drives the pregnant, unmarried Mary from the family home. Mary gives birth to a daughter and dies miserably, attended only by performers from a travelling circus. Mary Jr. becomes a circus performer and is struck deaf and dumb after a riding accident, making her one of several of Collins’ characters with severe physical disabilities. She is exploited by the circus owner, and to rescue her Mrs Peckover takes her to the home of a minister, Dr Joyce. There Valentine Blyth, a painter, sees her and himself adopts her. Mary Jr. grows up beautiful and acquires the nickname Madonna for her resemblance to figures of the Virgin Mary in Italian Renaissance painting.


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Hide and Seek - Wilkie Collins

Émile Gaboriau - File No. 113 artwork File No. 113
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Emile Gaboriau is frequently credited with being the creator of the modern detective story. He drew on the 40 years of slow evolution of the crime story, following Edgar Allen Poe in the United States, and writers such as Paul Feval, Eugene Sue, Alexandre Dumas the elder, and Honore de Balzac in France, writing popular literature for the masses. Violence, lies, adultery, duplicity, murder, including fratricide and attempted parricide, falsely exchanged or abandoned sons and stolen birthrights, and ever more sins and villainies, find a place in Gaboriau's novels, as they do in many contemporary detective stories, television series and often even in real life. File No. 113 is no exception. On the surface, the crime seems simple. A bank's secure safe is robbed. One of the two men who holds the key must be guilty. One key-holder is the bank's owner who lives above the bank with his family, the other is the bank's trusted manager-a man like a son to the owner. What if neither is guilty? How did this safe, with every security measure known and employed at the time, get robbed? Leave it to Monsieur Lecoq of the Surete, a policeman of many disguises and much guile to uncover the devastating truth of deceit, betrayal, lies, murder and sordid family histories that lead to the crime.


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File No. 113 - Émile Gaboriau

Gaston Leroux - Mystery of the Yellow Room artwork Mystery of the Yellow Room
Gaston Leroux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 15 April 1927
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this classic 1908 mystery novel by French writer Gaston Leroux, reporter Joseph Rouletabille investigates a crime in which the criminal seems to have disappeared from a locked room. This story is one of the most famous “locked room” mysteries.


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Mystery of the Yellow Room - Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux - Le mystère de la chambre jaune artwork Le mystère de la chambre jaune
Gaston Leroux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1907
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Pour éclaircir l'énigme dans Le Mystère de la chambre jaune, le jeune reporter Rouletabille a voyagé en Amérique où il est remonté aux sources de sa propre enfance et au souvenir de la dame en noir, une belle inconnue au parfum unique qui venait à l'occasion rendre visiter au pauvre orphelin qu'il fût jadis. Maintenant que le jeune reporter a démasqué le coupable et fait libérer Robert Darzac, le fiancé de Mlle Satangerson, les deux amoureux ont enfin pu s'épouser et une cérémonie de mariage a réuni presque tous les protagonistes du Mystère de la chambre jaune.


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Le mystère de la chambre jaune - Gaston Leroux

Joseph Smith Fletcher - The Middle of Things artwork The Middle of Things
Joseph Smith Fletcher
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1935
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Fletcher really delivers in this mystery. This is a great read, the plot is original, the story line moves right along, there is lots of mystery, red herrings galore, and a wonderful windup at the end.


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The Middle of Things - Joseph Smith Fletcher

George Alfred Henty - Colonel Thorndyke's Secret artwork Colonel Thorndyke's Secret
George Alfred Henty
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 15 November 1902
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The plot of the story hinges upon the possession of a valuable bracelet of diamonds, stolen from a Hindoo idol by a British soldier in India. This bracelet falls into the possession of Colonel Thorndyke, who, shortly afterward, is sent home to England because of his wounds. The secret concerning the bracelet is told to the Colonel's brother, a country squire, and the treasure is left to younger members of the Thorndyke family.


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Colonel Thorndyke's Secret - George Alfred Henty

Louis Tracy - The Postmaster's Daughter artwork The Postmaster's Daughter
Louis Tracy
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1928
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The book that introduces the two detectives as the descriptions given are much more elaborate than in the two books following, which are (in order) "Number Seventeen" and "The Postmaster's Daughter. "


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The Postmaster's Daughter - Louis Tracy

Wilkie Collins - Jezebel's Daughter artwork Jezebel's Daughter
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A brilliant chemist and a shrewd businessman — die on the same day. The widow of the chemist, Mrs. Fontaine, is left with the poisons he was researching , while Mrs. Wagner is left with her husband's mental health institution reforms and his plans for hiring women along with men in his firm's offices. Mrs. Wagner believes in treating madmen gently, and requests for the funny little man Jack Straw to be released from the madhouse. At the same time, her nephew David Glenney is sent to the Frankfurt office, where he works with Mr Engelmann and Mr Keller. The Keller sun, Fritz, has fallen in love with Minna Fontaine, but the prospect of marriage is not being approved of by his father because Madame Fontaine is said to be in debt after her husband's death.


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Jezebel's Daughter - Wilkie Collins

Edgar Wallace - The Clue of the Twisted Candle artwork The Clue of the Twisted Candle
Edgar Wallace
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1917
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Urbane T. X. is back in this locked-room mystery by British master storyteller Edgar Wallace. The renown mystery writer John Lexman is charged with murder and sent to prison. His friend T. X. Meredith, employed by Scotland Yard, tries to prove his innocence.


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The Clue of the Twisted Candle - Edgar Wallace

Samuel Warren - The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney artwork The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney
Samuel Warren
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1876
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a book of short stories of Mystery and detective, by an English Barrister. Interesting vignettes of a time when debtors could go to prison and thieves were hung.


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The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney - Samuel Warren

Richard Harding Davis - The Lost House artwork The Lost House
Richard Harding Davis
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1915
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A mystery short story. Outside the locked door the voices of the two men rose in fierce whispers. But Ford regarded them not at all. With the swiftness of a squirrel caught in a cage, he darted on tiptoe from side to side searching the confines of his prison. He halted close to Miss Dale and pointed at the windows.


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The Lost House - Richard Harding Davis

William Le Queux - Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo artwork Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo
William Le Queux
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1927
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery story. The Master of Mystery waves his magic wand again. In this book the strange inter-relationships between the 'upper crust' and the underworld are revelaed with convincing realism. Besides the elusive 'Mademoiselle, ' we come in tantalizing conact with the 'Sparrow, ' the incredible super criminal whose emissaries and operatives baffle the greatest detectives of Europe.


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Mademoiselle of Monte Carlo - William Le Queux

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - Wylder's Hand artwork Wylder's Hand
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1863
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Wylders and the Brandons share a history of intermarriage, bitter rivalry, villainy, and madness. The wedding of Mark Wylder to his rich and beautiful cousin, Dorcas Brandon, was to inaugurate a harmonious new era at Brandon Hall?but as the ceremony.


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Wylder's Hand - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Arthur Benjamin Reeve - The Film Mystery artwork The Film Mystery
Arthur Benjamin Reeve
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1921
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Film Mystery is one of eighteen detective novels by Arthur B. Reeve starring his best known character Professor Craig Kennedy and his trusty sidekick Walter Jameson, a newspaper reporter.


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The Film Mystery - Arthur Benjamin Reeve

George Barr McCutcheon - The Hollow of Her Hand artwork The Hollow of Her Hand
George Barr McCutcheon
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1928
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

On the same night that her husband has been murdered, Sara Wrandall crosses paths with his murderess. But instead of turning her over to the police or imposing her own brand of vengeance on the woman, Sara takes her in, shelters her, and keeps the secret and truth of that night hidden, both from the law and the remaining Wrandall family. Hetty Castleton becomes Sara's friend and companion, much to Hetty's continual astonishment.


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The Hollow of Her Hand - George Barr McCutcheon

Eugène Sue - Les mystères de Paris, Tome V artwork Les mystères de Paris, Tome V
Eugène Sue
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1856
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Les Mystères de Paris est un roman français publié en feuilletons par Eugène Sue dans Le Journal des Débats entre le 19 juin 1842 et le 15 octobre 1843. Les Mystères de Paris relèvent du feuilleton, comme La Cousine Bette, comme Splendeurs et misères des courtisanes, chefs-d'oeuvre de Balzac, comme tout Dumas et presque tout Sand ; et, comme Hugo dans Les Misérables. Sue donne à son feuilleton une extraordinaire dimension dans le noir. Le mélo est là, assurément. Et colossal, coupant le souffle avec la brutalité en noir et blanc de ses éclairages violents, avec ses héros campés sans ambiguïté dans la noblesse ou dans l'atroce ; avec surtout, puisqu'il s'agit de Paris et de ses mystères, un extraordinaire décor posant la cité moderne comme un personnage épique : ville-foule, ville-château bâtie sur un monde d'entrailles souterraines, caves-caveaux, égouts, couloirs ; ville-cancer qui attire et qui dévore, use, corrompt, ouvrant à la fois toutes les avenues du pouvoir et tous les chemins de la perdition. Le monumental triomphe de ce roman nous confond encore aujourd'hui.


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Les mystères de Paris, Tome V - Eugène Sue

Edgar Wallace - The Secret House artwork The Secret House
Edgar Wallace
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1916
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A stranger and foreigner arrive at the offices of a small publication in London only to be faced by the editor whose face is completely swathed in a veil. Nothing is as it seems, and it quickly becomes evident that both are bent on more than lively gossip about the elite. Blackmail and opportunism is the order of the day. When two men are found shot to death outside the door of Mr. Farrington the millionaire who just happens to live a few doors from T. B. Smith, the head of the secret police, the connections to blackmail are not long in coming. Were these men shot by the blackmailer? Who is actually what he seems to be.


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The Secret House - Edgar Wallace

John W. Grey - The Master Mystery artwork The Master Mystery
John W. Grey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 July 2005
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery book. It was as though the entrance of Paul and Eva had been preconcerted. The partners, in their dispute, stopped and turned as the young people entered and moved over to a divan. Balcom lowered his voice and plucked at Brent's sleeve as he nodded toward the couple. Brent studied a moment, then nodded assent. Balcom extended a cold, commanding hand and the partners shook hands. Outside, Locke had paused, about to enter the library. The pause had been just long enough for him to hear--and it was a blow to him. He watched, dazed, as the two older men walked over to the younger couple; then he turned away, heart sick.


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The Master Mystery - John W. Grey

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A young woman, escaped from her criminally-minded father, finds kindness in Ernest Maltravers. During their brief time together, Alice and Ernest fall in love, only to be separated by a kidnapping. The mysteries include how how the two will find each other and the strange role of the supernatural.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton


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