Classic Mysteries (general)

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.

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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.

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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?

Direct download: LetHimLie.mp3
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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.

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A biblio mystery set in a world-class library amid some very peculiar talk about the perfect murder.

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Murder among the quarrelsome residents at Presteignton Spa in this Golden Age classic.

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Murder in fourteenth century London: an impossible murder inside a locked room, set against the nightmarish backdrop of the great Peasant Uprising which was about to shake England.

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The pilot was alone in his small plane when he crashed - but the evidence showed he was dead before the crash.

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The coroner called it suicide. The nuns called it accident. Mrs. Bradley knew it was murder.

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Many people witnessed the murder...yet nobody could say for sure exactly what happened - except, of course, for Miss Jane Marple, who saw the truth only too well.

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Photographer Kent Murdock shot pictures of the victim - but when the body disappeared, somebody also stole the photographer's films and camera gear.

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Murder in front of witnesses, murder in front of the police, murder inside locked rooms - there was something very wrong with Cypress Villa...

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Robert Saunderson was a thoroughly bad person - and nobody mourned his death. But who was the owner of those crystal beads - and what was their significance?

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Robert Barnard's first mystery is filled with dark humor and savage satire of academia and of Australia.

Direct download: DeathOfAnOldGoat.mp3
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The body of a nude man is discovered in a storage locker inside the Split Point Lighthouse in Australia. There are no clues. Sounds like another case for Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte...

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Includes "The Lamp of God," one of the best short locked room stories ever written: Ellery Queen must figure out how an entire house can disappear.

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Why would a young society woman like Violet Strange secretly take up the profession of a detective, helping the police solve difficult mysteries? These linked stories by Anna Katharine Green picture an America of a century ago and an early female detective more than able to do a job very few women were doing at the time.

Direct download: GoldenSlipper.mp3
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Henry Gamadge was asked to look over the murdered author's papers. But what really interested him was the strange behavior of the victim's family.

Direct download: BookOfTheLion.mp3
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Mike Shayne's visitor was sure she was going to murder her mother. Mike even had to stop her from jumping out the window of his office. But when murder happened, was she really guilty? A hard-boiled classic.

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All the evidence pointed to the young man as a murderer. But that failed to explain the shrieking heard from the pit, or the mysterious White Lady - or why the accused man refused to say anything in his own defense.

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Arsene Lupin, the "gentleman-thief" so highly regarded by French mystery readers, tackles an unusual case of kidnapping and murder carried out in a most unusual and mysterious house.

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The driver of the hansom cab was shocked to discover that his passenger was dead - apparently murdered by another man who had left him there. It was quite a challenge for the Australian police.

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Two cousins who detest each other take a trip together up the river Thames in a small boat - and then one disappears...

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Twentieth century Detective Superintendent John Cheviot is transported back in time to solve an impossible murder committed in 1829.

Direct download: FireBurn.mp3
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Miss Pongleton was unpleasant. Miss Pongleton was vindictive. Was that why Miss Pongleton was dead - strangled with her own dog's leash on a stairwell on the London Underground's Northern Line?

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A sudden death, a mysterious cipher that could not be broken, and strange goat-like footprints all combine to terrorize a young woman in a remote house.

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Cornelia Potts was the unpleasant old woman in the shoe, and some of her six children clearly were mad. Mad enough to murder? That's what Ellery Queen needed to find out.

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What secret caused a doctor to disappear from his home without any warning - or several other people apparently to vanish as well? Scotland Yard's Inspector French will find himself challenged when murder enters the picture.

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We begin with the stage magic illusion of a headless lady - and quickly cross the line into murder, and the Great Merlini becomes the prime suspect.

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There was poison in the chalice when the initiate drank it - but how could it have gotten there? An early puzzle for Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn.

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Generally defined as the years between the two world wars of the 20th century, the Golden Age of Detective Fiction was shaped and defined by the authors who made up Britain's prestigious Detection Club. Martin Edwards tells their story.

Direct download: GoldenAgeOfMurder.mp3
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Children are being poisoned by belladonna from the berries of the nightshade plant. Henry Gamadge must figure out who is doing it, and how - and why.

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Miss Pym is charmed by the students at Leys Physical Training College for Women - until the unthinkable happens.

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Here's a collection of classic mystery short stories about vacations - and about sleuths and criminals on vacation, too.

Direct download: ResortingToMurder.mp3
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Who murdered American industrialist Horatio Leavenworth? All the evidence seemed to point one way - but it took detective Ebenezer Gryce to discover what was really going on.

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The man who went overboard might have murdered somebody. But he had managed to alienate just about everybody who sailed with him on board the ship. Was he really a murderer - or was he somebody else's victim?

Direct download: DeadMansShoes.mp3
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Six short stories introducing Reginald Fortune, a doctor pressed into service as a specialist in crime-solving.

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Cut off from the rest of the world by a howling blizzard, the guests at Hunting's End were all too aware that there was a murderer among them - and one who would have no hesitation about killing again.

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About the only thing Appleby could be sure of was that College President Josiah Umpleby must have been shot by one of the very few people who had keys to the College Grounds - and they were all Fellows of the College...

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The dinner guests all heard the sound of the shot. The police thought the killer was easily identified. And then a detective named Colwyn found that it wasn't all as easy as it might seem.

Direct download: HandInTheDark.mp3
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The lovers appeared to have committed suicide together. Just two sets of footprints led from the house to the edge of the cliff. Only when the bodies were recovered from the sea, it became clear that both had been murdered. And that had to be impossible. One of John Dickson Carr (writing as Carter Dickson)'s most ingenious plots for Sir Henry Merrivale.

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Somebody took a potshot at the Santa Rican Vice Consul in Nice - and managed to kill Major Cartwright instead. Did the wrong man get shot? Jane and Dagobert Brown investigate in this screwball comedy-mystery.

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The victim was undoubtedly insane. The murder was most probably justified. So the question, to Roger Sheringham, became: can we fool the police into thinking it was suicide?

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The stolen statue of a Minoan snake goddess lures History Professor Theocritus Lucius Westborough to a department store magnate's private island off the California coast. He arrives just in time for the murder...

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The midget's name was Jay Otto. He loved to make people hate him, just as he hated everybody around him. And if he was trouble when he was alive, wait till you see what happened after he was murdered.

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John Rother drove away on vacation - and disappeared. His car was found with bloodstains. And then the bones began turning up. Superintendent Meredith weighs the grim evidence in this Golden Age classic.

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It took a trick to persuade Nero Wolfe to get involved in the case. When he did, it proved to be too bad for a determined killer.

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Anthropologist Penny Spring and Archeologist Sir Toby Glendower, encounter murder and mystery in the remote Scottish highlands.

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Wally Carter may not have been a very good husband to his wife, Ermyntrude - but Inspector Hemingway wondered if there was another reason why somebody decided to shoot him.

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Grettry Road was a dead-end street - the perfect place to stumble over the dead body of the air raid warden!

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A man is shot dead in his own house - and the investigation is handed over to Damon Gaunt, a blind detective who has never failed to unravel even the most tangled murder case.

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Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn tackles a case of blackmail and murder among England's social elites.

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Was the killer who terrorize Frazer's Mills a passing psychopath - or someone much closer to home?

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Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte must use all his skills, inherited from his Aborigine mother and Caucasian father, to rescue a dangerous group of prisoners and lead them across hundreds of miles of wilderness.

Direct download: ManOfTwoTribes.mp3
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A 1971 outing for Miss Marple when a visitor to nearby Gossington Hall is poisoned - but could the poison have been intended for someone else...

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The five families of Crescent Place find their world turned upside down when an elderly woman is found murdered in her bed. A classic in the "Had I But Known" tradition.

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The young woman had so many secrets and loved to flaunt her knowledge. It proved to be a dangerous and deadly game.

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Passengers escaping a snowbound train at Christmas seek shelter in an unoccupied house...and find murder...

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A chance meeting with a Turkish intelligence official sends Charles Latimer into a world of political assassination, espionage, drugs and an international conspiracy.

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The thief left a bloody thumbprint behind. It was up to Dr. Thorndyke to prove that the clue pointed in the wrong direction.

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Only Albert Campion stands between a gang of murderous thieves and their target - a priceless relic whose loss would be beyond catastrophe.

Direct download: LookToTheLady.mp3
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What starts as a routine traffic accident turns into a murder case for lawyer Perry Mason and his hapless client.

Direct download: CaseOfTheCrookedCandle.mp3
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A department store is no place for a murder - too many suspects, far too many customers, and managers who care more about sales figures than dead bodies.

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Starlets, gangsters and secrets in the Hollywood of the late 1940s, as Philip Marlowe follows a trail that seems to have an awful lot of dead bodies littering the side of the road.

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A classic old-fashioned thriller by Edgar Wallace, where murder isn't necessarily the worst horror to be revealed in the mysterious tomb...

Direct download: DoorWithSevenLocks.mp3
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