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When Robert Anstey, KC happens upon a robbery and murder it is only natural that his employer, Dr. John Thorndyke, should be called in to solve the case. That it should require such a famous forensic expert is evident as the crime presents a puzzle. The objects of the theft were baubles of no intrinsic value. The one real clue soon proves worthless. It will require all of Thorndyke’s skill and knowledge to find the murderer, and in the process protect the life of a young woman who is the only witness. To catch the criminals he must decode a mystery a century and a half old and solve the puzzle of… The Cat’s Eye!

Lord Loudwater was a perfectly detestable person so, when he was found stabbed to death in his study, there were no shortage of suspects. Was the murderer the much abused wife who he had threatened with scandal and divorce? Or the wounded Colonel Gray who had fallen in love with her? Or the fiancée who he had jilted? Or had the butler, who had just been dismissed, done it? Or, had it been an act of suicide? With a surfeit of suspects, all of whom are lying, it falls to Detective Flexen to answer this question in The Loudwater Mystery!

When the American plutocrat Sigsbee Manderson is found dead on his estates, Philip Trent is asked by the editor of the Record to investigate the mysterious case. What caused Manderson to rise in the middle of the night and leave the house without properly dressing and without his false teeth? Who did he meet and why? Who was the murderer? Marlowe, his personal secretary? Brunner, his business assistant? Or his beautiful wife? Will Trent be able to solve the mystery? Or will this be Trent’s Last Case?

When the wealthy Mrs. Inglethorpe is found poisoned at her country estate of Styles, it is fortunate that the most Belgian of detectives, Hercule Poirot is staying in the neighboring village. But who is the murderer? The recent husband of the deceased, one of her sons by a previous marriage; John or Lawrence, her protégé, Cynthia, who had access to poisons at the local hospital, or someone else? This, the first mystery of Agatha Christie, features not only the Poirot, but Captain Hastings and Inspector Japp as well. It is up to Poirot to solve the case of The Mysterious Affair at Styles!

When Richard Viner discovers a body on an evening stroll he quickly finds himself “In the Middle of Things.” Called upon to prove the innocence of a school chum and protect the interests of the young ward of the murdered man he must not only find the real murderer, but who the victim was and why he was murdered. The trail of clues and deceptions leads him ever farther into The Middle of Things.

When financier Mortimer Fenley is shot dead on the steps of his country home by an unknown assassin using an express rifle it falls to Superintendent James Winter and Detective Inspector Charles Furneaux to find the culprit. Is it the artist who was seen on the grounds of the estate just after the shot? Or the younger son, Robert, who had threatened to kill his father? Fenley’s older son, Hilton, and his ward, Sylvia Manning, would seem to have alibis, but do they? Find the answers to The Strange Case of Mortimer Fenley!

During a ball at Wynford Place one of the guests goes missing, a man with a unsavory reputation. When his body is discovered a day later in a locked room at the top of a mediaeval tower attached to the manor house it at first looks like a case of suicide. But as events unfold suspicion is thrown on first one and then another of the guests and household until the final solution is revealed to… The Hunt Ball Mystery.

The murder of two brothers at the same time. though six hundred miles apart, is only the first of many mysteries surrounding Ravensdene Court. How could the two brothers have been murdered when they were both on a ship that went down with all hands off the coast of China three years earlier? What was the significance of the etching on the tobacco box that disappeared from the inquest? Why was someone looking for the Chinaman Chuh Fen who supposedly went down on the same ship as the two murdered brothers? Find the answers in this tale of intrigue, mystery, and buried treasure within the pages of … Ravensdene Court.


No. 13 Geneva Square had a dubious reputation. Murder had been done there long ago, and the house had sat empty for twenty years, believed by many to be haunted. When a mysterious stranger rents the house, nothing changes, as shadowy figures are seen inside at night when the tenant is out. Then on Christmas Day, the occupant is found stabbed to death. When the police fail to find the murderer it falls to a young barrister, Lucian Denzil, to discover the secret of The Silent House!

When the wife of Humphrey Challoner, criminal anthropologist, is senselessly murdered during a robbery, he chooses a most unusual means of seeking vengeance. R. Austin Freeman, author of the Dr. John Thorndyke series, turns to the macabre in this story of the lengths a man will go to obtain justice, even to the Utterrmost Farthing.