Classic Mysteries

Classic Mysteries

"The Mystery of the Blue Train," by Agatha Christie

Another, earlier pre-Orient-Express train ride for Hercule Poirot comes complete with jewel robberies, blackmail, and...

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"The Laughing Dog," by Francis Vivian

On the Classic Mysteries podcast this week, you might call it a portrait of the artist as a young...dog? Inspector...

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"Murder in Vienna," by E.C.R. Lorac

On the Classic Mysteries blog, Scotland Yard Inspector Macdonald thought he was going on holiday in Vienna. So how...

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"Murder in Vienna," by E.C.R. Lorac

On the Classic Mysteries blog, Scotland Yard Inspector Macdonald thought he was going on holiday in Vienna. So how...

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"The Orange Axe," by Brian Flynn

A grim solution to a grim problem: how to deal with a loathsome blackmailer who may also be a serial killer? For...

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"Death of a Doxy," by Rex Stout

In Archie Goodwin’s world view, the word that best fits Isabel Kerr is a four-letter word: doxy. The dictionary...

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"Some Die Eloquent," by Catherine Aird

The dead woman was a humble chemistry teacher at a girls' school. So, wonders Detective Inspector C.D. Sloan, why did...

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"Unusual Suspects: Selected Non-Fiction," by Joseph Goodrich

On the Classic Mysteries podcast this week, a review of some non-fiction - a book of essays about mysteries and the...

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"A Maigret Christmas and Other Stories," by Georges Simenon

Maigret stars in one of these holiday stories, while other associates of Maigret feature in two more tales of holiday...

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"Halfway House," by Ellery Queen

Too bad about Joe Wilson. The itinerant traveling salesman had a secret. And it’s only fair to point out that...

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"The Spiked Lion," by Brian Flynn

The victim's body turned up under a tree in a park, the body unusually battered and bruised – but that’s...

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"It Walks By Night," by John Dickson Carr

It couldn't have been suicide - the victim was beheaded inside a watched and locked room - but the room was empty,...

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"The Case of the Leaning Man," by Christopher Bush

A theatrical and criminal problem for Ludovic Travers to solve.

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"It Might Lead Anywhere," by E.R. Punshon

Right from the start, it was clearly going to be an interesting case – the murder of an inoffensive little man...

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"Crossed Skis, by Carol Carnac

What connection could there be between a gruesome fire in a London house and a ski holiday in Lech Am Arlberg in the...

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"The Christmas Egg," by Mary Kelly

Princess Olga Karukhin escaped from Russia after the revolution. Was she murdered for her supposed collection of art...

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"Death and the Dutch Uncle," by Patricia Moyes

The death of a two-bit hustler was just the tip of the iceberg – that iceberg being a delicate international...

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"The Glimpses of the Moon," by Edmund Crispin

a mystery with artfully rearranged bodies & missing heads & eccentric characters & assorted mayhem - and...

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"The French Powder Mystery," by Ellery Queen

Passersby watching the daily advertising show in French's Department Store window got a lot more than they expected...

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"Tread Softly," by Brian Flynn

Claude Merivale admits he strangled his wife - but he says he did so while in a sleep so deep that everything he did,...

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