Classic Mysteries (general)

Gregory Matthews was a singularly nasty and unpleasant person - but was that motive enough for somebody to poison him?

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When Councillor Henry Grayling got off the train, he was carrying a payroll. When he got to his house, the payroll was missing - and the councillor was dying, apparently of poison.

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"The show must go on" - but when one of the actors dies onstage, even that great producer, Douglas B. Douglas, admits, "You can't carry on with the show with a man dying on stage. Drop the curtain!" A biting satire of theatrical excess from the Golden Age of English Detective Fiction.

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An unforeseen accident brought a thirteenth guest to Lord Aveling's hunting party - and then there was murder...

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When a crow drops a human finger at the feet of a couple of hikers, police find themselves searching for the rest of the body - and needing to figure out who or what might have been responsible.

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The case began with a dead dog that may have scared wholesale jeweler Leander Hill to death. And it would grow to be more fantastic that a Hollywood blockbuster. Ellery Queen's new novel was going to be delayed as he struggled to make sense of a story that seemed to get more incredible with each new development.

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The shooting that spoiled the gathering at the country house in Hampshire was no accident. Good thing Sergeant Ridgway was on hand to take over the investigation - but could he follow the clues to a logical conclusion?

Direct download: MysteryOfTheSkeletonKey.mp3
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Colonel Anthony Gethryn has been called home to London by his wife, who wants her husband to investigate the case of Daniel Bronson, accused and sentenced to hang for the murder of a man named Blackatter by shooting him in the back of the head. Gethryn believes Bronson is innocent - but without new evidence, the execution will be carried out in five days. A harrowing thriller by Philip Macdonald.

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The renowned artist John Lafcadio had left instructions which should have kept his art in the public eye for many years. A murderer had different priorities. A Classic Mysteries review.

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On the Classic Mysteries podcast, reviews of three mystery novellas featuring the gargantuan Wolfe and the far more agile Archie.

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Two unrelated cases solved by Detective Inspector Littlejohn, issued as a double volume by the British Library Crime Classics series. One deals with a cold case of murder everyone thought had been solved more than 20 years ago. The other presents the murder of a town's well-respected "bonesetter."

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An international club of great detectives meet to share some stories about their fight against crime.

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A woman is on trial for her life, charged with the murder of her nephew. The ultimate decision about her fate will rest in the hands of ten men and two women, the members of the British jury who will try her. How they reach their verdict is shown in harrowing detail.

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The secret of Kraken Street appears and vanishes with the street itself - and one of its secrets seems to be murder.

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Amelia Peabody is a strong-minded, no nonsense amateur archeologist. But who's responsible for the mysterious behavior of an Egyptian mummy?

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A busybody may learn more than it's good to know. That may be why Miss Tither was murdered, her body left in the vicar's cesspool - not nice at all!

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Charles Hayward wanted to marry Sophia Leonides, who lived with her family in a crooked little house named Three Gables. First, however, he had to find a murderer...

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Familiar writers - Agatha Christie, G. K. Chesterton, Arthur Conan Doyle and many more - offering lesser-known tales of crime on the continent.

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"As a study in criminal aberration it is[...]of particular interest, while in singularity of horror and in perversity of ingenious method it is probably unique."

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A small English village in the grip of World War II deals with a series of unexplained violent deaths.

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Constantly changing your will to disinherit your relatives can be extremely hazardous to your health...

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An indispensable history and guide to traditional mysteries, especially from the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, with thought-provoking commentary from Martin Edwards. Intended as a companion to the British Library Crime Classics series.

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He knew himself only as "William Smith," but had no memory of his life before the war. Now somebody was trying to kill him - and only Miss Silver could find out why.

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Prudence Pinsent, daughter of the Master of Prince's College, Cambridge, finds herself involved in a drug smuggling investigation that could come very close to home - and could result in murder.

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Like it when a crime seems impossible? Footprints in the sand? Bodies in locked rooms or disappearing out of closely-watched rooms? Here's a collection of crimes that couldn't have happened - but did.

Direct download: MiraculousMysteries.mp3
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To quote from the book, “For a scream in the early hours of the morning in Soho, even from a female throat, to stop dead in his tracks a hard-boiled constable who had worked in that cosmopolitan quarter for years, had to be something entirely out of the ordinary, as, indeed, this one was!”

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Gossip, jealousy and hatred among the guests at a classic British Country House gathering ultimately result in murder.

Direct download: MysteryAtStowe.mp3
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The murder in the British Museum Library's Reading Room was shocking - and proved to be part of a much larger plot indeed.

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Two police investigators working on two unrelated cases are quite sure they know who committed the crimes. Unfortunately, they're wrong...

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The old servant supposedly committed suicide. To Superintendent Pibble, it looked more like murder - and some charming English eccentricities looking more and more like straightforward madness.

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Found guilty of murder and sentenced to die, his case was hopeless. Then Nero Wolfe stepped in...

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Mrs. Bradley must find out who is guilty of murder - and who may be planning to do it again.

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Two crimes merge into a single search for a missing young man through the French town of St. Antoine and the dangerous alleys of Marseilles.

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Not all honeymoons are happy - even if you're rich, beautiful and famous, you can't always get what you want...

Direct download: DeathOnTheNile.mp3
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Unfamiliar stories from familiar authors, plus some excellent choices from the work of lesser-known mystery writers, all wrapped in a neat package by mystery author and historian Martin Edwards.

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A tramp breaks into a deserted house, looking for a place to stay - and finds the odd things happening in that house are matched or exceeded by the even odder things happening in the opposite house across the street.

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A writer of lurid melodrams finds himself living in one in this century-old classic.

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Was somebody cooking the books at the National Calculating Company? Accountant Clarence Fortinbras was just the man to find out - until he met an untimely end.

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Inspector Bobby Owen searches for a missing young man who may have become too dangerous to live.

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When evil things happen to members of the Dain family and their friends, is it bad luck - or a family curse?

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Ellery Queen and his father, trapped by a forest fire, are forced to take refuge in a mountain-top house - where a determined killer is also on the scene.

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“As a gentlewoman, the thought of eavesdropping was extremely repugnant to Miss Silver. As a detective engaged upon a case of attempted murder, she treated her scruples with exemplary firmness.”

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Mrs. Bradley has a pretty good idea who the killer is. The real question is how to find convincing evidence for a conviction.

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The last of six novels written by Earl Derr Biggers about Inspector Charlie Chan of the Honolulu police force.

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Julius Anthony's disappearance is a real mystery. He had no enemies worth pursuing, no secrets worth hiding or sharing. So why was he abducted?

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Stranded at the monastery during a violent storm, Judge Dee finds murder most cruel and madness among the Taoist monks.

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There's nothing like a murder to give you a better perspective of your own problems with the tax collector. Another fast, funny book from the late Sarah Caudwell.

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Philip Marlowe's idle curiosity about a man he sees walking down the street involves him in several murders, the theft of a valuable jade necklace, several cops, all corrupt to some degree, hints of blackmail, considerable physical danger, and entanglements with a number of women. A true classic.

Direct download: FarewellMyLovely.mp3
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500 weekly reviews on the Classic Mysteries podcast - a landmark worth celebrating. So here's a "Baker's Dozen" brief reviews of some of my favorite classics.

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They fought about everything - but did their battles end in death?

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Sir John Appleby suspected a publicity stunt when someone stole a painting practically from under his eyes. But the dead artist turned it into something far more serious - and deadly.

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Someone is bent on sabotaging the local historical pageant - and won't stop at murder to do so. Asey Mayo, "the Codfish Sherlock," must figure out who - and why.

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Bill Fent died in a spectacular car crash. If he hadn't, he would have died from a spectacular dose of poison. Another of Aird's "Calleshire Chronicles."

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Maigret investigates the case of a missing woman - was she murdered or had she chosen to disappear? And could it all lead to "the most hateful miscarriage of justice"?

Direct download: FlemishHouse.mp3
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Mr. Parker Pyne's newspaper ad was most unusual: Are you happy? If not consult Mr. Parker Pyne. Agatha Christie is in fine form with these unusual short mysteries.

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MJ Trow's fictional detectives, Grand and Batchelor, are asked to investigate the apparent murder of Charles Dickens in a new, traditional historical mystery.

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When an elderly relative is all that stands between you and a fortune, quite clearly that obstacle needs to be removed...

Direct download: MurderInPiccadilly.mp3
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The Warrielaws all hated each other - but did they hate enough to murder for a fabulous jewel?

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The murder took place onstage in the middle of the opening night performance before a huge crowd - yet nobody saw what happened or who did it.

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Superintendent Alleyn of Scotland Yard finds his former teacher could be the target of a desperate killer.

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Someone stabbed Lady Mary Gregor - but no weapon was in the locked room, where her body was found.

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Who murdered Mrs. Miller as she sat in the dentist's chair?

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Sergeant Cluff's superior may find his subordinate's behavior exasperating - but Sergeant Cluff knows his town and his people and where to dig for the truth.

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A young doctor accidentally finds a dead body - but the body disappears, and the doctor becomes the target of a determined killer. It's up to his former teacher and friend, Dr. Thorndyke, to uncover the truth.

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The killer left his mark - a metal disk in the shape of the letter "Z." Who was the killer, who were his victims, and what was the meaning of that Z?

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Nigel Strangeways must find the very unfunny practical joker whose dangerous and deadly pranks threaten to turn the vacation paradise of Wonderland into a deadly trap.

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Deputy Chief Constable Bobby Owen tackles a case that begins with a haunted house, the murder of a psychical researcher, and rumors of a fabulous painting that could be worth killing for.

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A long distance runner, lost in a road race, comes across some very strange events which may or may not include murder. It's like being trapped in one of the bloodier fairy tales collected by the brothers Grimm...

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A rather gruesome example of a classic "Had I But Known" mystery: guests stranded by a snowstorm at a remote resort in the Ozarks find that one of them apparently is a very brutal murderer.

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The victim was a young hooligan, but was he so very bad that nobody - including his parents - had a good word to say about him after he was murdered?

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Superintendent Battle must trace a cunning murder plot back to its roots in the past before he can trap the guilty party.

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John Christmas investigates a murder to discover whether the accused man actually committed the crime.

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Ellery Queen provides twelve mysteries, each appropriate to a particular month, for his eponymous detective to solve.

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The rich old lady was dead - poisoned - and all the clues pointed to her newest favorite, young Carey Silence. But was she being framed for a crime she didn't commit?

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What happened to the distinguished art critic - and how genuine was that Rembrandt painting on the wall?

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A very sick young man dies shortly after midnight on his 21st birthday - time enough to inherit a fortune just before dying. But that was only the first death...

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A young woman appears to be haunted and persecuted by herself - in the form of a double, known as a doppelganger...

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Sir Frederic Bruce was killed when he got too close to solving an old series of disappearances. It was up to Charlie Chan to reveal the truth about what really happened.

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Sir Wilfrid was alone in the railroad carriage, and the weapon was on the scene. But Inspector Arnold didn't like the way the pieces of the puzzle fit together...

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If Pam North hadn’t decided that the vacant apartment upstairs in their building would be a good place to hold a party, it’s quite possible that the body of a murder victim wouldn’t have been discovered for a long time...

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The voyage of the fishing trawler Ocean had been an unlucky trip - even before the captain was murdered. Was the ship under the evil eye?

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British laws about taxes and estates are not generally thought of in terms of murder - but somebody seems to be eliminating lawyers working on a complicated tax case. It's another of Sarah Caudwell's romps through the legal profession.

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Police Constable Richardson was in the right place at the right time to help his superiors solve a tricky murder case. This early police procedural sees the meteoric rise of a young policeman's career.

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Inspector Cockrill had hoped the tour of Europe would be a relaxing vacation. Murder - and a local police force looking for a scapegoat - made it a tour to remember in all the wrong ways.

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Originally serialized in 1862-63, Julian Symons and many others consider it to be the first detective novel, as it leads the reader through an insurance investigator's efforts to discover the truth about the evil Baron R., suspected wife-killer.

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Sergeant Beef tackles a case where the murderer confessed - but didn't bother to say who had been killed, or where the body might be.

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A Scotland Yard detective teams up with an enterprising newspaper reporter to tackle a seemingly impossible murder. 

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Did Lord Bygrave just wander off by himself? Or was there a more sinister explanation for his disappearance?

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A most literate mystery about a suspicious suicide...bigamy...and a tantalizing rumor about an incredibly valuable document.

Direct download: LongFarewell.mp3
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The four women were insignificant - almost nobody even knew they were gone. It was up to Hildegarde Withers to discover the ugly truth about what had happened to the missing ladies - and why.

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The Villa Paloma on the French Riviera was home to a lot of people, most of whom had a great deal to hide. It was no surprise that it all ended in sudden death.

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Only one of the possible heirs objected to the tax plan - and that heir soon met with an unfortunate accident.

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The teenagers' prank was supposed to make people think they had summoned the devil. Is that really what happened?

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The victim was traveling under a false name - but there were many others on the train with deadly secrets to hide. One of Agatha Christie's best mysteries.

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Two novellas of Nero Wolfe (and Archie Goodwin's) adventures during World War II.

Direct download: NotQuiteDeadEnough.mp3
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The witnesses swore that the victim simply keeled over "as though he'd been pole-axed." But there were no signs of foul play. A Golden Age classic by another forgotten author.

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The cask was supposed to be full of wine. Instead, there was the body of a murdered woman.

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Was the murderer already buried in Grim's Grave? Or was there a more rational explanation for the crime?

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A schoolgirl disappears, some dangerous chemicals are stolen and a couple of teachers are murdered - and an amazing secret is uncovered that could be a powerful motive for murder.

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The old murder looked like a very cold case for Dalziel and Pascoe - until the new murders started to happen.

Direct download: AnAdvancementOfLearning.mp3
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