All Time Faves: Classic Tales of Mystery and Suspense

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The Murders in the Rue Morgue

 




The Murders in the Rue Morgue
By Poe, Edgar Allan
1998-01 - Konemann
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Between 1841 and 1844, Edgar Allan Poe invented the genre of detective fiction with three mesmerizing stories of a young French eccentric named C. Auguste Dupin. Introducing to literature the concept of applying reason to solving crime, these tales brought Poe fame and fortune to live on. Years later, Dorothy Sayers would describe "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" as "almost a complete manual of detective theory and practice." Indeed, Poe's short mysteries inspired the creation of countless literary sleuths, among them Sherlock Holmes. Today, the Dupin stories still stand out as unique, utterly engrossing page-turners. …More

The Moonstone

 




The Moonstone
By Wilkie Collins, Collins
2008-03 - Wildside Press
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Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was an early master of mystery and suspense, writing such classics as The Moonstone, The Woman in White, and Basil. At the time of their publication, his works were classified as "sensation novels," a subgenre now seen as a precursor to mystery and suspense fiction. …More

The Woman in White

 




The Woman in White
By Collins, Wilkie
2008-09 - Tutis Digital Pub
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This is the story of what a Woman s patience can endure and what a Man s resolution can achieve. …More

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

 




The Mystery of Edwin Drood
By Dickens, Charles
2007-09 - Book Jungle
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This first book by Charles Dickens was never finished, which leads the reader to form his own conclusions. The story surrounds a choirmaster who is in love with his student. There is of course another in love with the same lady. When a murder is committed the reader is not sure who the killer can be. We think we know, but did Dickens have a surprise ending in mind which was never written? …More

Study in Scarlet

 




Study in Scarlet
By Doyle, Arthur Conan
2001-01 - Blue Unicorn Editions
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Holmes's eyes fairly glittered as he spoke, and he put his hand over his heart and bowed as if to some applauding crowd conjured up by his imagination. "Criminal cases are continually hinging upon that one point. A man is suspected of a crime months perhaps after it has been committed. His linen or clothes are examined, and brownish stains discovered upon them. Are they blood stains, or mud stains, or rust stains, or fruit stains, or what are they? That is a question which has puzzled many an expert, and why? Because there was no reliable test. Now we have the Sherlock Holmes' test, and there will no longer be any difficulty." …More

The Phantom of the Opera

 




The Phantom of the Opera
By LeRoux, Gaston
1994-11 - Puffin Books
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He lurked in the shadows of the Paris Opera House--a man with the voice of an angel but the face of a monster. His only hope for love is a beautiful soprano who draws him . . . to disaster. …More

The Innocence of Father Brown

 




The Innocence of Father Brown
By Chesterton, G. K.
2007-11 - Cosimo Classics
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British writer GILBERT KEITH CHESTERTON (1874-1936) expounded prolifically about his wide-ranging philosophies-he is impossible to categorize as "liberal" or "conservative," for instance-across a wide variety of avenues: he was a literary critic, historian, playwright, novelist, columnist, and poet. His witty, humorous style earned him the title of the "prince of paradox," and his works-80 books and nearly 4,000 essays-remain among the most beloved in the English language Chesterton is best remembered, perhaps, as a spinner of mystery tales, and for his recurring character of the unlikely detective Father Brown, who debuted in this 1911 collection of stories. …More

The Mysterious Affair at Styles

 




The Mysterious Affair at Styles
By Christie, Agatha
2006-09 - Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers
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Christie launches the legendary career of Hercule Poirot with this classic tale of intrigue. Did one of the Cavendish brothers poison their stepmother, Mrs. Iglethorp, or was it her new husband? …More