The Adventures of Jimmie Dale audiobook Frank L. PACKARD (1877 - 1942) Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 -- February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City's ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at Read more [...]
The Old Man in the Corner audiobook Baroness ORCZY (1865 - 1947) Created by Baroness Orczy, author of the famous Scarlet Pimpernel series, The Old Man in the Corner was one of the earliest armchair detectives, popping up with so many others in the wake of the huge popularity of the Sherlock Holmes stories. The Old Man relies mostly upon sensationalistic "penny dreadful" newspaper accounts, with the occasional courtroom visit for extra laughs. He narrates all this information (while tying complicated Read more [...]
Varney, the Vampyre audiobook Thomas Peckett PREST (1810 - 1859) Originally published as a penny dreadful from 1845 until 1847, when it first appeared in book form, Varney the Vampyre is a forerunner to vampire stories such as Dracula, which it heavily influenced. Flora Bannersworth is attacked in her own room in the middle of the night, and although her attacker is seemingly shot dead, the body is nowhere to be found. The discovery of two small bite marks on Flora's neck leads Mr Marchdale, Read more [...]
The Valley of Fear audiobook Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930) John Douglas has been murdered at Birlstone manner, but Sherlock Holmes' main concern is the missing dumbell in the murder room. This fourth and final novel of Sherlock Holmes is based on the real-life adventures of the mob in Pennsylvania and the consequences of betrayal many years later. (Summary by Alisson Veldhuis) Genre(s): Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Big Bow Mystery audiobook Israel ZANGWILL (1864 - 1926) It's a cold and foggy night in London. A man is horribly murdered in his bedroom, the door locked and bolted on the inside. Scotland Yard is stumped. Yet the seemingly unsolvable case has, as Inspector Grodman says, "one sublimely simple solution" that is revealed in a final chapter full of revelations and a shocking denouement. Detective fiction afficionados will be happy to learn that all the evidence to solve the case is provided. One Read more [...]
"Whose Body ?" - audiobook Dorothy L. SAYERS (1893 - 1957) Whose Body? is the first of Dorothy Sayers's famous Lord Peter Wimsey novels, introducing that nobleman, as well as his manservant and fellow-sleuth, Mervyn Bunter. Scotland Yard's Inspector Charles Parker, who figures more or less prominently in later Wimsey novels, plays a central role in Whose Body? as well. As the book opens, a bashful Battersea architect has discovered a naked body in his bath, adorned with a gold pince nez. At the Read more [...]
32 Caliber audiobook Donald MCGIBENY ( - ) A suspicious accident reveals itself to be a murder! Our story is narrated by a lawyer who turns detective in order to uncover the real murderer, and leads us on a chase through Bolshevik headquarters, country clubs, and a dry creek bed, before the real clues come to light. Up-in-the-air excitement! (Summary by Brenda Price) Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Murders in the Rue Morgue audiobook Edgar Allan POE (1809 - 1849) The Murders in the Rue Morgue" is a short story written by Edgar Allan Poe in 1841. Poe referred to it as a "tale of ratiocination" featuring the brilliant deductions of C. Auguste Dupin; it is today regarded as one of the first detective stories and is almost certainly the first locked room mystery. (Summary from Wikipedia) Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Circular Staircase audiobook Mary Roberts RINEHART (1876 - 1958) Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was a prolific American writer of popular mysteries. The Circular Staircase was originally published in 1908 and includes all the elements of the classic whodunit -- mysterious events, ghostly apparitions, things that go bump in the night and murder. (Summary by J. M. Smallheer) Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   Read more [...]
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes audiobook Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930) Sherlock Holmes, a fictional character of the late 19th and early 20th century created by Scottish author and physician Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, is a brilliant London-based "consulting detective" famous for his intellectual prowess and renowned for his enormous scope of observation, his astute logical reasoning and forensic science skills in solving difficult crimes. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of Sherlock Read more [...]
The Red House Mystery audiobook A. A. MILNE (1882 - 1956) Antony Gillingham arrives at the Red House moments after a gunshot is heard. The room is locked, the murderer has disappeared and, in Antony's opinion, the police are going about it the wrong way. Antony, who was looking for a new profession anyway, decides to solve the murder himself, with a little help from his friend Bill. (Summary by Kristin Hughes) Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   The Read more [...]
His Last Bow audiobook Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930) In this collection of Sherlock Holmes stories, the great detective continues doing what he does best: averting political scandals, tracking down murderers, dragging Dr. Watson into unpleasant situations. As always, it's adventurous fun for the rest of us. This book was published in 1917, after The Return of Sherlock Holmes. (Summary by Laurie Anne Walden) Genre(s): Detective Fiction Language: English (FULL Audiobook)   His Read more [...]
The Sign of the Four (dramatic reading) Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930) The Sign of the Four, the second of four novels featuring Sherlock Holmes, has a complex plot involving India, a stolen treasure, and a secret pact among four convicts and two corrupt prison guards. Some of Holmes's less savory habits are revealed, and Dr. Watson finds romance. In this dramatic reading, LibriVox volunteers bring Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's classic characters to life. (Summary by Wikipedia and wildemoose) Cast: Dr. Read more [...]
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes audiobook Sir Arthur Conan DOYLE (1859 - 1930) Dr. Watson chronicles here some of the more interesting detective cases that he and his good friend, Mr. Sherlock Holmes, have encountered during their association. We see the cases unfold as he does, scratch our heads as does he while the evidence is collected, and then marvel at the impeccable observations, remarkable insight, and doggedness which Holmes displays as he teases apart the tangled clues. Packaged Read more [...]
The Adventures of Jimmie Dale audiobook Frank L. PACKARD (1877 - 1942) Frank Lucius Packard (February 2, 1877 -- February 17, 1942) was a Canadian novelist born in Montreal, Quebec. He worked as a civil engineer on the Canadian Pacific Railway. He later wrote a series of mystery novels, the most famous of which featured a character called Jimmie Dale. Jimmie Dale is a wealthy playboy by day, with a Harvard education and membership to New York City's ultra-exclusive private club St. James. But at Read more [...]
Varney, the Vampyre audiobook Thomas Peckett PREST (1810 - 1859) Originally published as a penny dreadful from 1845 until 1847, when it first appeared in book form, Varney the Vampyre is a forerunner to vampire stories such as Dracula, which it heavily influenced. Flora Bannersworth is attacked in her own room in the middle of the night, and although her attacker is seemingly shot dead, the body is nowhere to be found. The discovery of two small bite marks on Flora's neck leads Mr Marchdale, Read more [...]
Quintus Oakes: A Detective Story audiobooks by Charles Ross Jackson (1857-1915) There have been a series of assaults at the manor house, one sending the mistress of the house insane with fear, another escalating to murder. There are reports of a tread on the stairs and shady figures disappearing from view. The servants blame the supernatural, but Quintus Oakes gets to the bottom of the mystery. (Summary by Lynne Thompson)     Read more [...]
The Thing from the Lake audiobook by Eleanor M. Ingram (1886-1921) To get away from city life periodically, New Yorker Roger Locke purchases an abandoned farm house in rural Connecticut, and with the assistance of his cousin Phillida and her beau Ethan Vere, he sets about fixing up the place. Immediately however, an unseen mysterious woman begins giving him warnings during nocturnal visits to leave the house at once. Soon he begins hearing strange ominous sounds emanating from the tiny lake Read more [...]
The Secret Passage audiobook by Fergus Hume (1859 -- 1932) Excellent murder mystery. On September 9, 1905, the NY Times Saturday Review of Books described this book as follows: "That painstakingly ingenious person, Fergus Hume, has devised another of his hide-and-seek, jack-o'-lantern murder mysteries. It begins with a queer and rich old woman found stabbed to death in her chair and not a clue to the murderer. Then so many clues turn up that even the story-book detective is bewildered. Then nearly Read more [...]
Dead Men Tell No Tales audiobook by Ernest William Hornung Ernest William Hornung (June 7, 1866 -- March 22, 1921) was an English author. Hornung was the third son of John Peter Hornung, a Hungarian, and was born in Middlesbrough. He was educated at Uppingham during some of the later years of its great headmaster, Edward Thring. He spent most of his life in England and France, but in 1884 left for Australia and stayed for two years where he working as a tutor at Mossgiel station. Although Read more [...]