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|All-Time Favorite Detective Stories |
by Rochelle Kronzek
Chosen by Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine as the best detective stories of 1950, these 12 classics include Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-Headed League," Dorothy L. Sayers' "Suspicion," and more.
|Blood on the Dining-Room Floor: A Murder Mystery |
by Gertrude Stein, John Herbert Gill
A series of local crimes inspired this attempt by the author to relieve her writer's block. A droll detective novel, its central mystery involves rediscovering the path to creativity.
|Crime and Punishment |
by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Constance Garnett
Supreme masterpiece tells the story of Raskolnikov, a student tormented by his own thoughts after he murders an old woman. Overwhelmed by guilt and terror, he confesses and goes to prison. A selection of the Common Core State Standards Initiative.
|Favorite Father Brown Stories |
by G. K. Chesterton
Beloved clerical sleuth in roster of remarkable cases: "The Blue Cross," "The Sins of Prince Saradine," "The Sign of the Broken Sword," "The Man in the Passage," "The Perishing of the Pendragons," more.
|The House on the Borderland |
by William Hope Hodgson, Mike Ashley
A haunted house in the Irish countryside provides a portal to another world in this combination of horror, science fiction, and fantasy. "A classic of the first order." — H. P. Lovecraft.
|The Man Who Knew Too Much |
by G. K. Chesterton
These 8 tales by the creator of detective-priest Father Brown trace the activities of Horne Fisher, who investigates crime amid upper-crust society in pre–World War I Britain. "Dazzlingly executed and richly atmospheric." — The Armchair Detective.
|The Moonstone |
by Wilkie Collins
Suspense, humor, and romance abound in this 1868 mystery, in which a gem stolen from a Hindu shrine resurfaces in an English country home — with a trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail.
|The Mysteries of Udolpho |
by Ann Radcliffe
Trapped in a gloomy medieval fortress, an orphaned heroine battles the devious schemes of her guardians as well as her own pensive visions and melancholy fancies.
|The Mysterious Affair at Styles |
by Agatha Christie
When an aging heiress is found fatally poisoned, Belgian sleuth Hercule Poirot is brought in to unravel many mysteries in this classic tale of murder, jealousy, and greed.
|The Red House Mystery |
by A. A. Milne
In between tea and billiards, a pair of amateur detectives investigates their host's disappearance. Droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie the Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast.
|The Return of Sherlock Holmes |
by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Back by popular demand, the world's most famous detective returns from a seemingly fatal encounter with his nemesis, Professor Moriarty. Thirteen stories include "The Empty House," "The Dancing Men," and "The Six Napoleons."
|The Thirty-Nine Steps |
by John Buchan
A young Scot stumbles upon a plot involving espionage, murder, and the future of Britain itself. This classic of suspense served as the basis for one of Hitchcock's most famous films.
|The Trial |
by Franz Kafka, David Wyllie
From its gripping first sentence onward, this novel exemplifies the term "Kafkaesque." Its darkly humorous narrative recounts a bank clerk's entrapment in a bureaucratic maze, based on an undisclosed charge.
|Whose Body? |
by Dorothy L. Sayers
There's a dead body in his bathtub, wearing nothing but a pair of pince-nez spectacles. Enter Lord Peter Wimsey, the original gentleman sleuth, who debuted in this 1923 novel.
|Wieland; or, the Transformation: An American Tale |
by Charles Brockden Brown, John Matteson
Set in rural Pennsylvania in the 1760s and based on the true story of a religious fanatic who slaughtered his family, this Gothic milestone offers compelling reflections of the colonial era's social and political anxieties.
|The Wyvern Mystery |
by J. Sheridan Le Fanu
In this 1869 horror classic, a beautiful heroine marries the heir to a local estate — but what sounds like a happy ending is just the beginning of a chilling and suspenseful thriller.