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A Master Hand

This murder mystery, written in 1903 by Richard Dallas (pseudonym), describes a fictional crime that took place in the New York City of 1883. A fine period piece as well as a clever detective story. (Introduction by Delmar H. Dolbier)

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A MASTER HAND

THE STORY OF A CRIME

BY RICHARD DALLAS

G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS NEW YORK AND LONDON The Knickerbocker Press 1903

Copyright, 1903 BY G. P. PUTNAM'S SONS

Published, August, 1903

The Knickerbocker Press, New York

[Illustrat...

The Lock and Key Library

A collection of classic mystery and detective stories, collected and edited by Julian Hawthorne.

Note: the second chapter of Dickens’ The Haunted House is not included in this edition.

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Please note: This edition does not contain the second chapter of the first story, "The Haunted House", by Dickens. It can be found in 3ghst10.txt or 3ghst10.zip, 1998, "Three Ghost Stories by Charles Dickens."

The Lock and Key Library

Classic Mystery and Detective Stories Old Time English

Edited by Julian Hawthorne

Table of Contents

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Basil –by: Wilkie Collins

Basil, son of a father who values the family pedigree and who would not let him marry below his station, falls in love at first sight with a girl he sees on a bus. He stalks her and discovers she is Margaret Sherwin, only daughter of a linen draper. He stalks her and persuades her father to let him marry her secretly. He agrees on the condition, that, as his daughter is only seventeen, they live apart for the first year. At first the secret works, but then the mysterious Mannion, whose emotions cannot be read in his face, returns from abroad. On the last night of the year Basil follows Margare...

The Stillwater Tragedy –by: Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Thomas Bailey Aldrich was an American poet, novelist and editor. Of his many books of poetry and fiction, he may be best known for his semi-autobiographical novel, The Story of a Bad Boy and his collection of short stories, Majorie Daw and Other People. The Stillwater Tragedy which was published in 1880 is set in a small New England manufacturing town whose tranquility is disturbed first by the murder of one of its prominent citizens followed soon thereafter by a general strike of all the trades-unions. As the story develops, Richard Shackford, the murdered man’s ne...

The Gerrard Street Mystery and Other Weird Tales –by: John Charles Dent

John Charles Dent, the author of the following remarkable stories, was born in Kendal, Westmorland, England, in 1841. His parents emigrated to Canada shortly after that event, bringing with them, of course, the youth who was afterwards to become the Canadian author and historian. Mr. Dent received his primary education in Canadian schools, and afterwards studied law, becoming in due course a member of the Upper Canada Bar. He only practised for a few years, then returned to England to pursue a literary career, writing mostly for periodicals. After remaining in England for several years, Mr....

The Club of Queer Trades –by: G. K. Chesterton

A collection of six wonderfully quirky detective stories, featuring the ‘mystic’ former judge Basil Grant. Each story reveals a practitioner of an entirely new profession, and member of the Club of Queer Trades.

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THE CLUB OF QUEER TRADES

by G. K. Chesterton

Chapter 1. The Tremendous Adventures of Major Brown

Rabelais, or his wild illustrator Gustave Dore, must have had something to do with the designing of the things called flats in England and America. There is something entirely Gargantuan in the idea of economising space by piling houses on top of ...

The Middle Temple Murder –by: Joseph Smith Fletcher

Midnight. A lonely courtyard. The dead body of a stranger—a prosperous looking, well dressed, elderly man is found in Middle Temple Lane, London. This is one of England's ancient Inns of Court where barristers were traditionally apprenticed and carried on their work. Middle Temple is just a few minutes walk away from busy Fleet Street and the Thames Embankment. In the dead man's pocket is a piece of paper with the name and address of a young barrister. One of the first people to reach the crime scene is the investigative reporter, Frank Spargo, who writes for a leading London newspaper, <...

Never-Fail Blake

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Supertales of Modern Mystery

NEVER FAIL BLAKE

by

ARTHUR STRINGER

[Frontispiece: "Then why can't you marry me?"]

Mckinlay, Stone & Mackenzie New York Copyright, 1913, by The Bobbs Merrill Company

NEVER FAIL BLAKE

I

Blake, the Second Deputy, raised his gloomy hound's eyes as the door opened and a woman stepped in. Then he dropped them again.

"Hello, Elsie!" he said, without looking at her.

The woman stood a moment staring at him. Then she advanced thoughtfully toward his table desk.

"Hello, Jim!" she answered, as she san...

The Crooked House –by: Brandon Fleming

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Note: Images of the original pages are available through Internet Archive/American Libraries. See http://www.archive.org/details/crookedhouse00flemiala

THE CROOKED HOUSE

by

BRANDON FLEMING

New York Edward J. Clode

Copyright, 1921, by Edward J. Clode Printed in the United States of America

CONTENTS

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I A STRANGE RIDDLE 9

II THE CROOKED HOUSE 19

III THE ENDLESS GARDEN 33

IV DESTRUCTION ...

Mrs. Raffles –by: John Kendrick Bangs

Mrs. Raffles, widow of the now deceased A. J. Raffles (who was the gentleman thief pursued at one time by Sherlock Holmes), continues the family legacy of crime—but this time in America. These stories are narrated by her cohort, Harry “Bunny” Manders, previously the devoted friend and sidekick of A.J. Raffles before his death.

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MRS. RAFFLES

Being the Adventures of an Amateur Crackswoman

Narrated by Bunny

Edited by

JOHN KENDRICK BANGS

Illustrated by Albert Levering

[Illustration: "'IT'S FINE, BUNNY,' SHE CRIED"]

New York and London ...

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