Classic Mysteries

Classic Mysteries

"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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"Lord Edgware Dies," by Agatha Christie

Lord Edgeware's wife threatened to kill him. Now His Lordship has been murdered - but his wife has an unbreakable...

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"The Adventures of Dagobert Trostler," by Balduin Groller

Trostler was described by Ellery Queen as "the first important Teutonic sleuth." These early stories find Dagobert...

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"Poets and Murder," by Robert Van Gulik

Set in ancient China, Judge Dee must solve a couple of murders  involving very powerful individuals - and some...

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"Cécile is Dead," by Georges Simenon

Cécile had come to the Parisian police headquarters to tell her secret to Inspector Maigret. But Maigret, in the...

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"The Book of the Crime," by Elizabeth Daly

What was the deadly secret of the book that forced Rena Austen to flee her home and husband and seek help from biblio...

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"Sunday the Rabbi Stayed Home," by Harry Kemelman

Amid the turmoil of the late 1960s, Rabbi David Small deals with synagogue politics and the civil rights struggle...

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