Classic Crime

A collection of US public domain crime and mystery stories that I’ve shared on my blog. Because when I’m not reading tales of ghosts and the weird, I’m probably reading crime fiction.

Murder 864

The Avenging Phonograph
By E.R. Punshon. The Mayor has a secret; a dark, dark secret that could destroy him if he told it. But, like King Midas’s barber, he’s having a hard time keeping it in. What is he going to do?.
Original blog post.

The Murder Hole
By Catherine Sinclair. A lonely road runs through a desolate stretch of Scottish moor. This part of the country has a bad reputation for murder and highway robbery. Where’s a traveler to go if they get caught here at night?
Original blog post.

Hungarian Robbers (Link to the Internet Archive)
By Charles Macfarlane. A Hungarian horse dealer returns home from a successful and profitable business trip to Vienna. Just past the Hungarian border, he stops off for the night at a respectable-looking inn. A bit of a mistake.
Original blog post.

The Archduke’s Tea
By H. C. Bailey. The first of the Reggie Fortune stories. Doctor Fortune must determine who ran over his patient, the Archduke Maurice of Bohemia, and prevent them from attacking the Archduke again.
Original blog post.

The Man with Nine Lives
By Hugh C. Weir. The first of the Madelyn Mack stories. Renowned detective Madelyn Mack and her “Watson,” Nora Noraker must solve the murder of Wendell Marsh, found dead in his locked but ransacked library without a mark on him. Who killed him — and how?
Original blog post.

Little Louise Roque
By Guy de Maupassant. The body of a young village girl is found in the woods, violated and murdered. With a cool and disinterested eye, Maupassant describes the reactions, actions, and thought processes of the people affected — including the killer.
Original blog post

Image: L’assassinat by Félix Vallaton, 1898. Source: Old Book Illustrations