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A Strange Disappearance

A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

A Strange Disappearance by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories (no doubt assisted by her lawyer father).

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Piccadilly Jim

Piccadilly Jim by P. G. Wodehouse

Piccadilly Jim by P. G. Wodehouse

A young red-head plots to kidnap her irritating cousin with the help of a former boxer, her uncle, and a rogue who has his eye on her. Things don’t work out exactly as planned, as criminals, detectives and cases of mistaken identity all get in the way.

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

The Wisdom of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

This is the second of five books of short stories about G. K. Chesterton’s fictional detective. Father Brown is a short, nondescript Catholic Priest with shapeless clothes and a large umbrella who has an uncanny insight into human evil. His methods, unlike those of his near contemporary Sherlock Holmes, although based on observation of details often unnoticed by others, tended to be intuitive rather than deductive. Although clearly devout, he always emphasizes rationality: despite his religiousness and his belief in God and miracles, he manages to see the perfectly ordinary, natural explanation of the problem. He is a devout, educated and “civilized” clergyman, who is totally familiar with contemporary and secular thought and behavior. His character was thought to be based on Father John O’Connor, a parish priest in Bradford, Yorkshire.

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

The Man Who Knew Too Much by G. K. Chesterton

Gilbert Keith Chesterton was an influential and prolific English writer of the early 20th century. He was a journalist, a poet and a novelist. He wrote 80 books and 200 short stories in addition to his other work. He is perhaps best remembered for his ‘Father Brown’ stories.

‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ has some similarities to the Father Brown stories: Horne Fisher the eponymous hero is connected and indeed related to many of the high-ranking politicians of his age and thus ‘knows too much’ about the background of the mysteries in which he becomes embroiled and which he unravels.

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Initials Only

Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Initials Only by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories (no doubt assisted by her lawyer father).

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The Four-Pools Mystery

The Four-Pools Mystery by Jean Webster

The Four-Pools Mystery by Jean Webster

In The Four Pools Mystery the tyrannical plantation owner is deemed responsible for his own murder because of his mistreatment of the former slaves who continued in his employment after the war.

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The Exploits of Juve

The Exploits of Juve by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

The Exploits of Juve by Pierre Souvestre and Marcel Allain

The second book in the Fantômas series by the prolific authors Marcel Allain and Pierre Souvestre (they published 32 Fantômas novels.) Fantômas broke the mold of the Gentlemen burglars like Raffles and Arsene Lupin. He killed without compunction. His anarchic ruthlessness, especially as portrayed by silent film pioneer Louis Feuillade, made Fantômas the darling of the French avante garde, such as the artist René Magritte and novelist Robert Desnos.

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The Man in Lower Ten

The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart

The Man in Lower Ten by Mary Roberts Rinehart

Someone had to take the bank notes to Pittsburgh and take a statement from John Gilmore confirming that they were indeed forged. It was McKnight’s turn to go, but he was bagging off because he wanted to spend the weekend visiting Alison West in Richmond. And so his law partner, Lawrence Blakeley, is left with no choice but to make the trip himself. All goes well at first, but on the train home, Blakeley wakes to find that the notes, along with his clothes, are missing from his sleeping berth. It was an eventful night. In addition to the theft, there’s been a murder in the berth across, and when the weapon is found under Blakeley’s pillow, he becomes one of the prime suspects.

Recommended for fans of John Grisham, Scott Turow, Michael Connelly, Janet Evanovich and David Baldacci.

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The Beetle

The Beetle by Richard Marsh

The Beetle by Richard Marsh

A story about a mysterious oriental figure who pursues a British politician to London, where he wreaks havoc with his powers of hypnosis and shape-shifting, Marsh’s novel is of a piece with other sensational turn-of-the-century fictions such as Stoker’s Dracula, George du Maurier’s Trilby, and Sax Rohmer’s Fu Manchu novels. The Beetle is narrated from the perspectives of multiple characters, a technique used in many late nineteenth-century novels to create suspense (Summary by Wikipedia)

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The Red Thumb Mark

The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman

The Red Thumb Mark by R. Austin Freeman

Missing diamonds, untouched safe, two blood smeared thumb prints and a mysterious Mr X. If these are present, Dr Thorndyke must be there too. Will he be able to solve this case?

The Red Thumb Mark is the first novel of Freeman’s best-selling Thorndyke series.

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