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The Beetle-Hunter
by Arthur Conan Doyle
A job advert with a bizarre set of requirements leads a young entomologist off on a mysterious adventure.
- Length: 18 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:3 stars
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Death By Scrabble
by Charlie Fish
A game of Scrabble has serious consequences.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
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Fall North
by Tim McLean
Ed runs an errand for Mr. Rollo.
- Length: 18 pages
- Age Rating: 15
The Secret Garden
by G. K. Chesterton
A decapitated body is found during a dinner party at the house of the Chief of the Paris Police, in the walled garden. Father Brown is a guest ...
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
Impersonating Elvis
by Polly Nelson
When Chuck Walaach enters the Elvis Look-Alike Competition, something has to give.
- Length: 4 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
The Return Of Sherlock Holmes
by Arthur Conan Doyle
The third Sherlock Holmes collection - includes 'The Adventure Of The Dancing Men' and 'The Adventure Of The Six Napoleons' along with others published between 1903 and 1904.
- Length: 259 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
Gentlemen and Players
by E. W. Hornung
The master criminal Raffles sets his sights on a priceless collection of jewels. Crime story in which the villain is the hero.
- Length: 20 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Blue Cross
by G. K. Chesterton
Hot on the trail of master criminal Flambeau, the head of the Paris police arrives in London, where he begins to notice small things out of place.
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
The Man With The Cough
by Mrs Molesworth
A young engineer is charged with transporting secret documents across the English channel - but criminal elements are on his trail and things soon start to go wrong.
- Length: 16 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
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The Man with the Watches
by Arthur Conan Doyle
An apparently impossible scenario involving the diappearance of three people from and the appearance of a totally unknown - dead - fourth on a moving train.
- Length: 17 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
Lord Arthur Savile's Crime
by Oscar Wilde
A man is told by a palm reader that he will commit a murder. A satirical crime story that cleverly reverses the conventions of the genre.
- Length: 33 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Murders in the Rue Morgue
by Edgar Allan Poe
Often cited as the first detective story. The genre arrives pretty much fully formed: a brilliant detective, the bumbing police officer and a (particularly) gruesome murder.
- Length: 32 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:4 stars
The Cask of Amontillado
by Edgar Allan Poe
A man takes his enemy to taste a rare wine - which he happens to keep at the far end of a vast, damp cellar.
- Length: 8 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
The Black Doctor
by Arthur Conan Doyle
When a popular local doctor is murdered, the angry brother of his ex-fiance seems the obvious suspect - until the doctor's uknown past begins to reveal itself.
- Length: 19 pages
- Age Rating: PG
- Rating:5 stars
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