Classic Mysteries

The show must go on - but will it be overshadowed by the murders offstage?

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A man is found murdered in a hidden escape tunnel being built under an Italian POW camp during World War II.

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Young men were dying for no apparent cause. But each had told friends they were deeply in love with someone. Was that love leading those men to a lonely and unexplained death?

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The victim was all alone on the upper deck of a double decker bus, despite the pouring rain. But when they got to the end of the line, the victim was dead - strangled. Impossible? Maybe not...

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The editor of a gossip-filled newspaper is murdered - but how did the killer manage to poison him?

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Miss Edna Alice only wants to improve her neighbors' morals and behavior. How could those ignorant local authorities believe her anonymous notes to those neighbors, pointing out their moral failings, are "poisoned pen" letters? A true masterpiece of very dark humor.

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At first, it looked like red paint on the floor of the artists' studio - until the first body was discovered.

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Investigator Ludovic Travers was uneasy about that promised murder - but could he keep it from coming true?

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Three puzzling cases to be solved by the sedentary Nero Wolfe and his right-hand, wisecracking assistant, Archie Goodwin.

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Meet the masters of the scientific skills essential for investigating crime. Fourteen short stories, selected and introduced by Martin Edwards.

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Mr. Lomas told the police that he was being poisoned. The Chief Constable thought it was nonsense - until Mr. Lomas's body was discovered the next morning.

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Who is the mysterious "Angel of Music" living underneath the Paris Opera House? And why is he obsessively fascinated with Christine Daaè and her beautiful voice? The original novel that led to the play which has become the longest-running musical on Broadway.

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"This crime is conditioned by the place. To understand the one you've got to study the other."

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Another collection of little-known mystery stories by such icons of Golden Age mystery fiction as Agatha Christie, Dorothy L. Sayers, Marjorie Allingham and Edmund Crispin

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Two stories, "The Morning of the Monkey" and "The Night of the Tiger," mysteries resolved by Judge Dee involving theft, banditry and murder.

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On Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, Rabbi David Small finds the hidden key to trapping a killer. 

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Written well after the end of the British Golden Age of Detection, "A Six-Letter Word for Death" manages to combine a puzzle-plot mystery (with a real crossword puzzle to be solved), a classic "country house" mystery and a secret "club" of authors, all tied together with a good murder.

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It took Nero Wolfe to demonstrate to police that a mysterious death was actually a case of murder. And that's when life became dangerous for Wolfe and Archie Goodwin.

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James Teasdale was living a second life running a carnival game when he was murdered - and his respectable family knew nothing about it until it ended with a knife in the back.

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The explosion that killed 3 men had plenty of possible suspects. What it seemed to lack was any reason for the explosion. Superintendent Littlejohn and Inspector Cromwell would have to chase down an elusive motive for a shadowy killer.

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Eighteen stories, including a few starring Allingham's regular detective, Albert Campion. All the stories have the wit and style readers have come to enjoy in Allingham's books.

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The murder was apparently impossible, taking place in a locked and bolted room. And when they broke into that room, everything in the room - including the victim's clothes - had been turned backwards.

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The charismatic cult leader was seen through a window apparently murdering his victim - but when police broke in, only the body of his victim was there.

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As a Resistance fighter, Victoria Lamartine escaped from the Gestapo during World War II. Could she now escape from a charge of murder?

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Why were the town's residents so determined not to reveal the secrets about Sister Monica to the strangers investigating the murder?

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The Crown Prince was being blackmailed, a young woman was murdered while at the dentist's - and a mysterious gem known as the Peacock's Eye  Different threads leading to an unknown destination.

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Martin Edwards selects eleven classic short mystery stories, most from the Golden Age of English Detective Fiction, to provide some sinister holiday fare.

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Hearing a warning of murder can be unnerving. Hearing it in your own voice could push you into insanity.

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Did tension between regular army officers and "fighting" officers lead to murder?

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It began with a minor embezzlement - but it ended with disappearances and multiple murders.

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In this Agatha Christie thriller, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford must identify two Nazi spies known only as "N" and "M" who are plotting the German invasion of England during World War II.

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The victim was stabbed inside a locked and bolted room, and witnesses insisted nobody could have entered - or left - the room. Police Lt. Marshall needs help from an inquisitive nun, Sister Ursula, to uncover the truth.

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Banker Franklin Shore had run away from his wife a decade ago. Now somebody claiming to be Franklin Shore was on the phone, asking a family member to help him meet with lawyer Perry Mason. Unfortunately, murder intervened.

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Oswald Preston was a very unpleasant man. But was that sufficient reason to murder him on the train?

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The millionaire philanthropist died on her way to the operating room - strangled while waiting for the surgery. Ellery Queen realized that in order to determine the WHO, he'd need to uncover both the WHY and the HOW.

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The head of a critical military research team disappears, followed by murder. But there's more to Colonel Brende's abduction, and it could affect Britain's chances for survival in World War II.

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The body of a headless corpse turns up in a Parisian canal, and Inspector Maigret must find out who was killed - and why.

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Someone is stealing hats and other headgear - top hats, barrister's wigs and such - and leaving them in strangely appropriate places. Surely leaving one on top of a murder victim's body was not appropriate?

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The great Australian author Mervyn Blake is dead - and nobody knows what killed him. But DI Napoleon Bonaparte will find a most unusual way for a determined murderer to kill.

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More than a dozen short stories, many featuring Margery Allingham's most popular character, Albert Campion, including several of her earliest tales.

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There’s an awful lot going on behind the closed doors of Flaxborough – lots of greed and corruption, and the usual assortment of sexual peccadilloes not to mention possible fraud on the part of various dubious charities - and, of course, murder.

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Inspector Littlejohn knew he had to find a solution quickly before a determined murderer could strike again.

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Sixteen short stories, all virtually unknown, by some of the finest and best-known writers of Britain's Golden Age of Detective Fiction.

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Did the powerful piano music played by their neighbor hold the secret of two murders?

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Maigret takes time off from work to investigate a murder on his own, to help a schoolteacher who traveled to Paris to enlist Maigret's aid.

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Sixteen stories, mostly of murder, a fair amount of seeming impossibilities - and Gervase Fen to show why they're not as impossible as they may seem.

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The fifth and final collection of Edward D. Hoch's marvelous stories featuring Dr. Sam Hawthorne, who delights in solving crimes that seem to be impossible.

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Private investigator Ludovic Travers and his friend and frequent colleague, Scotland Yard Superintendent George Wharton, uncover strange and deadly doings at an English seaside resort.

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Murder in a locked room, an impossible disappearance, and a lot of residents who seem to be living in fear. Former detective Charles Venables must follow sometimes gruesome clues to find the secrets behind the terrors of the Garden Hotel.

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some "bright young people" are invited to a late night gathering after a charity ball - but what they find is hardly what they expect: the wrong owner of the house, a vanishing lady, and a champagne-stealing young constable are pieces of a puzzle, and so is the uninvited guest: Death.

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In only a few minutes time, Ruth Miller, moving to a new apartment in a lovely boarding hotel called Hope House, saw her dream of peace and happiness transformed into a horrible nightmare. What had happened - and was anyone else safe from the madness there?

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Adrian Gray died violently, at the hands of one member of his family. Will the killer be able to deflect suspicion and get away with murder? Or will the unexpected play a significant role in the course of events?

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Carolyn Crale was convicted of poisoning her husband. She died in prison. Sixteen years later, her daughter came to Hercule Poirot and asked him to find evidence that her mother was innocent - or that would prove her guilt.

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Maigret's wife and doctor wanted him to take a vacation - and Maigret had to find a way to stay informed about a murder investigation.

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A holiday pantomime of the folk story of Dick Whittington and his cat has an unexpected ending: the actress playing Dick Whittington dies onstage - victim of cyanide poisoning.

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The very odd behavior of the woman calling herself "Harriet Hall" seemed frightening to members of the Dene family. But who uncovered Harriet's secret life - and did it lead directly to murder?

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Chief Inspector Macdonald will have his hands full as he tries to determine who has done what and to whom...

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A posthumous collection of more than two dozen stories by Edmund Crispin, written with the author's signature style of clever plotting and witty writing.

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The Manciples were a delightfully eccentric family - but could one of them have murdered a particularly unpleasant neighbor?

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Christine Clay's name may be known and loved by fans around the world, but when she is found dead on the beach, Inspector Alan Grant must find out who hated her enough to kill her.

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Did the accused man really commit the murder - and was it all revealed in his answers to the psychiatrist's questions?

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It began with accusations of embezzlement, and the number of both suspects and potential motives just kept growing.

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Even Nero Wolfe knows that it's hard to keep someone from being murdered if the killer is determined enough. Here are three examples... 

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Andy Rowan stands convicted for a murder he says he didn't do. Only schoolteacher Hildegarde Withers believes him - but can she prove it before Rowan's date with the electric chair?

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David Wainwright was killed in World War II - or was he? His mother welcomed him - his brothers called him an impostor. But was he a murderer?

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Beatrice Baynes, an alumna (or "old girl") of the Meldon School for Girls, was irritating and opinionated. But surely there must have been a better reason than that for her murder.

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The Convent's Reverend Mother teams up with Scotland Yard Deputy Commissioner Andrew Pearson to solve the mystery of the dead man who turned up on the Convent's compost heap.

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Holidays give us time to read - and here are my suggestions for a dozen fine mysteries for your enjoyment!

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The division bell rang, calling members to vote - and then the shot rang out. Who shot the financier?

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Nothing like a good old fashioned Christmas house party - with a good olld fashioned bloody murder for Poirot to solve!

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70 thousand spectators came out to watch the pros of Arsenal take on a team of gifted amateurs. N70 thousand spectators came out to watch the pros of Arsenal take on a team of gifted amateurs. None of them expected murder.one of them expected murder.

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Just the kind of case for Bony - Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte - a disappearance without a single clue. And then there's the missing man's curious neighbor, Mr. Jelly, with his fascination with crime...

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The anonymous letters amounted to moral blackmail - and it was too much for at least one victim. Could Gervase Fen act in time to prevent another murder?

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A dead body, so disfigured after death as to be unrecognizable, is discovered near an old and gloomy inn. With World War Two battering Britain, Inspector Bobby Owen must track down a killer - once he can figure out whose body is lying there.

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Asey Mayo, the handyman-turned-sleuth from Cape Cod, becomes involved in finding solutions to three complex murder plots.

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Was the murder really nothing more than a senseless killing? Or is it really true that murder must have a motive? And can that motive be uncovered in time to prevent more deaths?

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Chief Detective Inspector Maigret must try to find a killer operating among people of wealth and enormous influence.

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Inspector Knollis knows a great deal about beekeeping - knowledge that will be vital to solving the murder of a most unpleasant man.

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Nigel Strangeways was anticipating a quiet cruise. What he found was a lot of fellow cruisers with secret agendas of their own that would lead to murder.

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When an editor of "Style" magazine is murdered, the night before a major issue is due at the printer, Inspector Henry Tibbett must explore the complicated relationships among the magazine's staff that might have led to murder.

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Henry Cargate was dead, and virtually everyone was glad - except the police, for there is never a license to kill the truly objectionable.

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A deadly and not-so-accidental fall down a flight of steps threatens the "niceness" of an exclusive residential hotel. And then Mrs. Pargeter decides to investigate a clear case of murder.

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Edward Powell cannot abide his aunt, and the feeling is mutual. Edward thinks a nice convenient murder would solve the problem. It may be a touch more difficult than he imagines.

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When a young woman disappears without a trace, her family asks Henry Gamadge to help find her. What he finds is a web of hidden passions that lead to murder.

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The women who disappeared had all met a charming man quite recently...but nobody except the missing women could describe the man they knew as Lonelyheart 4122. Then Miss Teatime came along...

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To catch a murderous hit-and-run driver, Archie Goodwin finds himself in a workplace with hundreds of young women - but will Nero Wolfe get the facts he needs to avert more deaths?

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Everyone hated Major Stirrop, the camp commandant - but who actually killed him?

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Jim Henderson wondered why he had been invited to spend a weekend at a country house, a place where the jewels vanished and so did some of the guests.

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Mordecai Tremaine invstigates a murder that spoils a house party.

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Jacko Argyle was convicted of murdering his mother. He died in prison. Now, years after the guilty verdict, there's proof of his innocence. That means somebody else in the family must be a murderer...

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The supermodel Delora Deanne was a composite, really, of many actresses. Now it looked as if somebody was quite literally taking her apart.

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Murder amid a performance by talented stage magicians leaves the police wondering if they can believe their eyes.

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From Conan Doyle to Michael Gilbert, here's a collection of stories about crime in, on, and around trains, edited bu Martin Edwards.

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Benson, the chef at the Whitehall Club, may have made a fatal mistake, using the poison instead of the vanilla extract. Wouldn't it be wonderful if that mistake could only be hushed up? It's not going to be as easy as it may sound...

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Wherever they go, Pam and Jerry North do have an unfortunate tendency to turn up dead bodies., much to the dismay of their good friend, Lieutenant (now Acting Captain) Bill Weigand. This time, it's murder in a Broadway theater - and Pam North might end up in a featured role...

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A dinner party on a remote island turns deadly, when the words of an ancient curse apparently cause the immediate death of one person - and the nearly immediate decomposition of the body.

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When author Bruce Attleton disappeared - and so did his wife - friends were mystified. The secret appears to lie in a rundown artists' studio called "the Belfry" and a mysterious person who calls himself "Debrette"...

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Not everyone liked Nicholas Vaughan, though most people in Mallory Fitzjohn had at least a grudging respect for him. He certainly appeared competent, a man of few words, handy with his hands. It was a shock when a fire destroyed the thatched cottage Vaughan was renting and renovating. Nick Vaughan was trapped in the blaze. The coroner's jury said it was accidental. Others weren't so sure, and it would take Inspector Macdonald of Scotland Yard to come up with a motive and method for murder.

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Arnold Zeck was probably the only man Nero Wolfe feared - with good reason. Confrontation was inevitable - and only one could survive.

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Nero Wolfe and Archie Goodwin find themselves crossing swords with master criminal Arnold Zeck once again - and nearly lose their lives in the course of the battle, as Wolfe's brownstone home comes under attack.

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