From the category archives:


The Stoneware Monkey

Two distinct and separate crimes, the murder of a police constable in pursuit of a burglar who had just stolen some ten thousand pounds worth of diamonds, and the attempted poisoning of an avant garde potter. Seemingly, the point in common between the two is the attending physician, one Dr. Oldfield. But that learned gentleman, the eminent expert in Medical Jurisprudence, Dr. John Thorndyke, has his suspicions centered on a crude piece of modernist pottery.

The Singing Bone

A German folk story tells of a peasant who fashioned a flute from the bone of a murdered man but when he tried to play it, it burst into a song identifying the murderer. In this collection of seven cases, that eminent lecturer on medical jurisprudence, Dr. John Thorndyke, makes bones, and blood, fingerprints, and tobacco sing out to proclaim the guilt or innocence of those involved.

Dr. Thorndyke Intervenes

Dr. John Thorndyke, the renowned expert in medical jurisprudence and forensic investigation faces not one, but three mysteries: the claim of a rich American to an English title and estates, the theft of a small fortune in platinum, and most puzzling of all, the strange head found in a box in the baggage room of a railway station. The good doctor must solve these seemingly unrelated cases using his usual bag of forensic tricks and a few new ones for good measure.

Mr. Pottermack's Oversight

Mr. Pottermack had thought of everything. He had disposed of the body in a place where no one would ever find it. He carefully, and ingeniously created a false trail to lead attention away from himself. He had even managed, though with some element of luck, to make it appear as if the dead man had been miles away days after he had died. He had thought of everything…

As a Thief in the Night

When Harold Monkhouse died in his sleep no one was greatly surprised. He had suffered chronic illness for some time. But when massive amounts of arsenic were discovered at the autopsy, it was clearly a case of murder.

Historians of the mystery story credit Edgar Allan Poe with the invention of both the fictional detective and the detective story. With the publication of “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” in 1841, Poe initiated a genre that has survived and prospered to this day. His creation, the detective Chevalier C. Auguste Dupin served as a model for many subsequent sleuths, and he introduced many of the staples of the detective story such as the locked room.

A well known actress is found dead in a pond near the home of an author who had proposed marriage to her three years earlier, unaware that she was married. As the local police in the small village of Steynholme are unprepared to handle such a murder, two of Scotland Yard’s finest detectives, Winter and Furneaux are called in to solve the case. But who is the murderer? The author, who discovered the body? The husband with a shady past? The horse breeder who has a grudge against the author? And what part in the affair, exactly is played by… The Postmaster’s Daughter?

Young Helen Vardon contracts marriage with a man many years her senior in the mistaken believe that it was the only way to prevent her father from being sent to prison. By doing so, she unleashes a chain of events that ultimately leads to suspicion falling on her in the case of her husband’s death. As usual, it falls to Dr. John Thorndyke, the eminent forensic expert, to unravel the facts and find the truth behind… Helen Vardon’s Confession!

When two unemployed young people in post World War I England decide to seek their fortunes by becoming “Young Adventurers” little did they know that their first commission would lead them into a web of intrigue and deceit. They find themselves searching for secret diplomatic papers which may be in the possession of a mysterious Jane Finn who survived the sinking of the Lusitania only to have gone missing for the last five years, papers, which if revealed to the world would rock the government to its very core. In this, the second novel of Agatha Christie, we are introduced to that delightful pair, Tommy and Tuppence, as they track down the missing girl, recover the lost documents, and confrot The Secret Adversary!

A horrific crime has been committed at the Villa Rose in Aix-les-Bains, France. A wealthy woman has been strangled, a fortune in jewelry is gone, and the young Englishwoman who was her companion has gone missing. The natural conclusion is that the Englishwoman played a role in the crime, but her fiancé, Harry Wethermill, induces the cleverest of French detectives, Hanaud, to take on the case in an attempt to prove her innocence. Along with his friend Mr. Ricardo, it becomes his task to find the girl and solve the murder At the Villa Rose!