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His Last Bow

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (September 16, 2018)

His Last Bow: Some Reminiscences of Sherlock Holmes is the fourth collection of Sherlock Holmes stories published by Arthur Conan Doyle. It begins with a preface by Dr. John Watson, supposedly written in 1917,...


The Crystal Stopper

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (August 07, 2018)

The Crystal Stopper is a mystery novel by Maurice Leblanc featuring the adventures of the gentleman thief Arsène Lupin. The novel appeared in serial form in the French newspaper Le Journal from September to...


The Return of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (July 28, 2018)

The Return of Sherlock Holmes is the third collection of Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle, published in 1905. It includes stories published in The Strand Magazine in 1903 and 1904, bringing Holmes for the...


The Grand Babylon Hotel

by Arnold Bennett Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Theodore Racksole—one of the richest men in America, and consequently the world—sits down in London’s Grand Babylon Hotel and orders a beefsteak and a bottle of beer, he isn’t aware that he’s...


813

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

When Arsène Lupin disappeared at the end of The Hollow Needle the public and police assumed he was dead; but it turns out he was just biding his time and waiting for the right opponent to face off against....


The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (July 27, 2018)

The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, originally published in 1894, by Arthur Conan Doyle.


The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (May 08, 2018)

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of twelve stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, featuring his famous detective and illustrated by Sidney Paget.

These are the first of the Sherlock Holmes short...


The Haunted Bookshop

by Christopher Morley Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

“This shop is haunted” reads the sign on the front of the bookshop; not by the ghost of a person from the past, but by the ghosts of all great literature which haunt all libraries and bookstores.

The owner...


The Hollow Needle

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (April 27, 2018)

In this first full-length Arsène Lupin novel the gentleman-thief remains a shadowy figure for most of the novel, working two steps beyond the law with a hidden aim. To fight against this anti-hero, Leblanc...


The Sign of the Four

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (April 13, 2018)

The Sign of the Four (1890), also called The Sign of Four, is the second novel featuring Sherlock Holmes written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle wrote four novels and 56 stories starring the fictional...


A Study in Scarlet

by Arthur Conan Doyle Standard Ebooks (April 07, 2018)

A Study in Scarlet is a detective mystery novel written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, which was first published in 1887. It is the first story to feature the character of Sherlock Holmes, who would later become...


The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar

by Maurice Leblanc Standard Ebooks (March 28, 2018)

Arsène Lupin, with his characteristic wit, plots over the course of nine short stories to steal many of France’s best antiques and artworks from under their owners’ noses. Only his classic opponent Detective...


The Memory of Mars

by Raymond Fisher Jones Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"As soon as I'm well we'll go to Mars for a vacation again," Alice would say. But now she was dead, and the surgeons said she was not even human. In his misery, Hastings knew two things: he loved his wife; but...


The Spider

by Hanns Heinz Ewers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"When the student of medicine, Richard Bracquemont, decided to move into room #7 of the small Hotel Stevens, Rue Alfred Stevens (Paris 6), three persons had already hanged themselves from the cross-bar of the...


Percival Bland's Proxy and The Missing Mortgagee

by R. Austin Freeman Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

These are two short stories from the collection THE GREAT PORTRAIT MYSTERY: "PERCIVAL BLAND'S PROXY" and "THE MISSING MORTGAGEE", wherein the brilliant medical investigator, Dr. Thorndyke, solves murderous crimes....


The Phantom of the Opera

by Gaston Leroux Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The story of a man named Erik, an eccentric, physically deformed genius who terrorizes the Opera Garnier in Paris. He builds his home beneath it and takes the love of his life, a beautiful soprano, under his...


The Drums of Jeopardy

by Harold MacGrath Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Drums of Jeopardy is a 1920 American novel by Harold MacGrath. The story was serialized by The Saturday Evening Post beginning in January 1920. From Wikipedia (CC BY-SA).


The After House

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was an American author of hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Some of her very successful books and plays, such as "The Bat" (1920) were adapted...


The Valley of Fear

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The plot of the novel is based very loosely on the real-life activities of the Molly Maguires and, particularly, of Pinkerton agent James McParland.

The novel is divided into two parts: in the first, Holmes investigates...


Oliver Twist

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Set in Victorian London, this is a tale of a spirited young innocent's unwilling but inevitable recruitment into a scabrous gang of thieves. Masterminded by the loathsome Fagin, the underworld crew features...


The Law and the Lady

by Wilkie Collins Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Valeria Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name in the marriage register incorrectly, and this slip is followed by the gradual disclosure of a series of secrets about her husband's earlier...


The Bat

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Poli's Theatre, S.Z. Poli, proprietor, presenting Shubert attractions. Wagenhals & Kemper present "The Bat," by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood (authors of 'Spanish Love'). The play staged under the...


The Mystery of Edwin Drood

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Mystery of Edwin Drood is the final novel by Charles Dickens. The novel was left unfinished at the time of Dickens' death, and readers have often speculated what the ending might have been. The novel is...


R. Holmes & Co.

by John Kendrick Bangs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of 10 short stories about the son of Sherlock Holmes and grandson of Raffles.


Armadale

by Wilkie Collins Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

1866. A close friend of Charles Dickens, Collins is one of the most readable of the Victorian novelists and some critics credit him with the invention of Sensation/Detective novel. Originally serialized in The...


Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Described by Hardy as a tale of "mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity", his first published novel violated the literary decorum of its day with blackmail, murder, and romance. It relates the story...


The Leavenworth Case

by Anna Katharine Green Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel

Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of...


The Beetle

by Richard Marsh Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Beetle (or The Beetle: A Mystery) is an 1897 horror novel by the British writer Richard Marsh, in which a polymorphous Ancient Egyptian entity seeks revenge on a British Member of Parliament. It initially...


Barnaby Rudge

by Charles Dickens Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Barnaby Rudge: A Tale of the Riots of Eighty (commonly known as Barnaby Rudge) is a historical novel by British novelist Charles Dickens. Barnaby Rudge was one of two novels (the other was The Old Curiosity...


Long Live the King!

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Ferdinand William Otto, crown prince of an unspecified European country, is next in line for the throne. But he's only a boy. Fleeing royal boredom for a life of fun and adventure, he remains unaware of the...


The Lerouge Case

by Emile Gaboriau Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The first of Gaboriau's detective novels introduces a young police officer, and amateur detective named Monsieur Lecoq.


File No. 113

by Emile Gaboriau Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

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


The Mystery of Orcival

by Emile Gaboriau Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The second mystery in the Monsieur Lecoq Series.


Pursuit of the House-Boat

by John Kendrick Bangs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The House-boat of the Associated Shades, formerly located upon the River Styx, as the reader may possibly remember, had been torn from its moorings and navigated out into unknown seas by that vengeful pirate...


Prester John

by John Buchan Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Prester John is a rollicking adventure tale. It tells of the experiences of a young Scotsman who travels to South Africa at the dawn of the 20th century to make his fortune in the wild plains of an untamed country....


Rodney Stone

by Arthur Conan Doyle Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Rodney Stone is a Gothic mystery and boxing novel by Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle first published in 1896.


A Strange Disappearance

by Anna Katharine Green Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Anna Green was an early 20th century novelist. She was one of the first authors to write detective stories in America. Her stories are known for their well thought out plots and their legal accuracy. Although...


Fire-Tongue

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Detective Paul Harley investigates cases that go beyond your standard-issue crimes and misdemeanors -- his inquiries often veer into the realm of the supernatural. In the novel Fire-Tongue, Harley finds himself...


The Quest of the Sacred Slipper

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This juicy tale from Sax Rohmer, the British author who introduced the criminal genius Dr. Fu Manchu to the world, follows an elite group of Muslim assassins who are given the mission of exacting vengeance on...


The Return of Dr. Fu-Manchu

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Terror in the Night He was the most brilliant man alive; his very existence a scientific miracle. Yet evil was his nature and evil was the only end he served. Nayland Smith and Dr. Petrie, the sworn enemies...


Tales of Chinatown

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Here is a first-hand description of some of the doings in the slimy, mysterious places of the largest city in England. Here the detectives of Scotland Yard know of many strange things and see the results of...


The Yellow Claw

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The elusive Oriental villain known as Mr. King masterminds an insidious plot to hold London's wealthy at his mercy. His henchmen have already killed one socialite, and more are threatened. Hot on the trail are...


The Ghost Pirates

by William Hope Hodgson Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"The Ghost Pirates . . . is a powerful account of a doomed and haunted ship on its last voyage, and of the terrible sea-devils (of quasi-human aspect, and perhaps the spirits of bygone buccaneers) that besiege...


The Status Civilization

by Robert Sheckley Bottom of the Hill Publishing (March 25, 2018)

Will Barrent had no memory of his crime . . . but he found himself shipped across space to a brutal prison-planet. On Omega, his only chance to advance himself -- and stay alive -- is to commit an endless series...


Tom Sawyer, Detective

by Mark Twain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Tom Sawyer, Detective is an 1896 novel by Mark Twain. It is a sequel to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer (1876), Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1884), and Tom Sawyer Abroad (1894). Tom Sawyer attempts to solve...


The Old Man in the Corner

by Baroness Emma Orczy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Created by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, The Old Man In the Corner was one of the earliest armchair detectives, popping up with so many others in the wake of the huge popularity...


The Sleuth of St. James's Square

by Melville Davisson Post Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A collection of 16 mystery short stories:

The Thing on the Hearth, The Reward, The Lost Lady, The Cambered Foot, The Man in the Green Hat, The Wrong Sign, The Fortune Teller, The Hole in the Mahogany Panel,...


The Man in Lower Ten

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A man is murdered on a train between Washington and Pittsburgh. The evidence thoroughly and absolutely incriminates three entirely different people. But only one of them can be guilty. And it is left to Miss...


The Street of Seven Stars

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Often referred to as the "American Agatha Christie," Mary Roberts Rinehart did much to popularize and refine the mystery genre in the United States. The Street of Seven Stars follows an American musician, Harmony...


In a Grove

by Ryunosuke Akutagawa Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"In a Grove" is an early modernist short story consisting of seven varying accounts of the murder of a samurai, Kanazawa no Takehiro, whose corpse has been found in a bamboo forest near Kyoto. Each section simultaneously...