John Thorndyke’s Cases by R. Austin Freeman (1909)

A collection of eight short stories in which medico-legal expert Dr. John Thorndyke analyzes the dust embedded in an old hat, sand found on a pillow, and the horn of a steer—amongst other things. And we are treated to an education on tides, ballistics, the characteristics of inks, ancient languages, and hair follicles. While the stories are …

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Trent’s Last Case by E. C. Bentley (1913)

When Sir James Molloy, editor-in-chief of the Record learns that American financier Sigsbee Manderson has been found shot dead in the grounds of his English country house, he immediately asks Philip Trent to investigate. Artist, freelance newspaperman, and amateur sleuth Trent feels that there are enough interesting aspects to the case and decides to go “have a …

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Dead March for Penelope Blow by George Bellairs (1951)

Miss Penelope Blow efforts to see Inspector Littlejohn at Scotland Yard are thwarted when her nephew Harold arrives and forces her to Nesbury. When Littlejohn learns that her visit came at the recommendation of Littlejohn’s old friend, the Vicar Claplady, he it must have been important. But before he can seek her out Miss Blow falls …

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Death of Jezebel by Christianna Brand (1948)

The Jezebel of the Bible was an unrepentant princess and seductress who, to pay for her misdeeds, was thrown to her death from a tower. And after her careless actions result in the suicide of her best friend’s fiancé, Jezebel is also a name given to Isabel Drew. And seven years later, as the actress …

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The Plague Court Murders by Carter Dickson (1934)

‘I want you to go with me, tonight, to a certain house in London; to tell me whether you see or hear; and, if you do, whether you can explain it on natural grounds.”  And when Ken Blake is approached by Dean Halliday with that request he jumps at the chance. Plague Court, is a …

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The Case of the Monday Murders by Christopher Bush (1936)

Since 1918 there have been thirteen unsolved murders committed on Mondays—and that it could be the work of one killer. At least that what crime novelist Ferdinand Pole is asserting. And he’s sent the information to the Evening Blazon, stating that there will be more to follow—information and possibly killings. That very day the body of disgraced …

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