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Classic crime

See below for a selection of the latest books from Classic crime category. Presented with a red border are the Classic crime books that have been lovingly read and reviewed by the experts at Lovereading. With expert reading recommendations made by people with a passion for books and some unique features Lovereading will help you find great Classic crime books and those from many more genres to read that will keep you inspired and entertained. And it's all free!

The Silent Bullet

The Silent Bullet

Author: Arthur B. Reeve, Judith John Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE CRIME COLLECTABLE CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The Silent Bullet (1910) is the first collection of Arthur B. Reeve's Craig Kennedy mysteries, initially published as part of a series in Cosmopolitan. In this collection of twelve tales of intrigue and suspense, readers are introduced to Kennedy, sometimes called the 'American Sherlock Holmes', and his friend and assistant, reporter Walter James. A professor at Columbia University, Kennedy uses his scientific expertise and inventions to solve cases, usually employing pioneering turn-of-the-century technology, such as hidden microphones, lie detectors, and a makeshift defibrillator. Full of thrilling escapades as well as insight into the discoveries of the early 1900s, The Silent Bullet is an adventure from start to finish. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

An American Tragedy

An American Tragedy

Author: Theodore Dreiser, Judith John, Ann Kay Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy was inspired by an infamous real life criminal case. First published in 1925, Dreiser chronicles the life of a young man eager to raise his status, but whose recklessness and moral weakness prove to be his undoing. Raised in poverty by devout missionaries, Clyde Griffiths longs for more. After getting a job at a grand Kansas City hotel, his dreams finally seem in reach, but his self-interest and obsession with the material lead him to commit one transgression after another, ultimately leading to murder. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans! A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

Martin Hewitt, Investigator

Author: Arthur Morrison, Judith John, Rosemary Herbert Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The hugely popular consulting detective Sherlock Holmes inspired a number of late nineteenth century fictional detectives, with Arthur Morrison's Martin Hewitt one of the most successful. Well-presented and cheerful, this shrewd PI well befits his place among the greatest sleuths in literature. Gathered here are twelve of his adventures, including 'The Lenton Croft Robberies' and 'The Case of the Dixon Torpedo', showing the charming protagonist at work with his loyal sidekick, Brett. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

The Benson Murder Case

The Benson Murder Case

Author: S.S. Van Dine, Judith John, Christopher Semtner Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The first best-selling title in S.S. Van Dine's series of Philo Vance detective mysteries, The Benson Murder Case (1926), was inspired by the real-life unsolved murder of Joseph Bowne Elwell (1873-1920) in which the victim was shot from within his locked house. Intellectual dandy and amateur sleuth Vance - 'a man of unusual culture and brilliance' - finds the case of murdered playboy stockbroker Alvin Benson fascinating, the missing toupee and false teeth being especially curious... Vance kindly comes to the aid of his friend District Attorney Markham and sets about tracking down the killer using his cerebral powers of deduction in contrast to the short-sighted methods of the police. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

The Amateur Cracksman

The Amateur Cracksman

Author: E.W. Hornung, Judith John, Michael Kerrigan Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. In this collection of thrilling tales, E.W. Hornung upends the traditions of detective fiction, casting criminal A.J. Raffles as his ignoble hero. First published in 1898 as a series of short stories in Cassell's Magazine, The Amateur Cracksman follows the exploits of Raffles as he robs Victorian High Society of their riches. A renowned cricket player and London socialite, Raffles is secretly an ingenious master of thievery and disguise. Assisted by friend Bunny Manders and in constant pursuit by Scotland Yard, this gentleman thief's escapades are as compelling as they are dastardly. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

The Woman in White

The Woman in White

Author: W. Collins Format: Hardback Release Date: 28/03/2020

The FLAME TREE COLLECTABLE CRIME CLASSICS are chosen to create a delightful and timeless home library of classic crime and mystery thrillers. Each stunning unabridged edition features deluxe cover treatments, ribbon markers, luxury endpapers and gilded edges. The Woman in White, along with Collins' other masterpiece The Moonstone) is generally regarded as the first successful crime and mystery novel. On publication in 1860 it caused a sensation and was exceptionally popular with public and critic alike. Based on a real 18th century case of abduction Collins weaves an intriguing tale of mystery, asylums and mistaken identity that continues to grip the sophisticated modern reader. A specially commissioned biography of the author and a glossary of Victorian and Literary terms make this new edition essential for all classic crime fans!

The Prized Girl

The Prized Girl

Author: Amy Green Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 19/03/2020

It was always going to end in trouble. But how did it end in murder? A murdered beauty queen. A town full of secrets. Who killed Jenny? Jenny Kennedy appears to have it all. She's the perfect daughter, the popular girl at school and a successful beauty queen. But then Jenny is found dead in a murder that rocks the small town she grew up in to the core. Her estranged half-sister Virginia finds herself thrust into the spotlight as the case dominates the news and is desperate to uncover who killed Jenny. But she soon realises that maybe Jenny's life wasn't so perfect after all. The truth is that Jenny has more than a few secrets of her own, and so do her neighbours... What really happened that night? A gripping crime thriller about a shocking murder in a picture-perfect small town, perfect for fans of Big Little Lies and Thirteen Reasons Why.

The Groote Park Murder

The Groote Park Murder

Author: Freeman Wills Crofts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From a murder in South Africa to the tracking down of a master criminal in northern Scotland, this is a true classic of Golden Age detective fiction by one of its most accomplished champions. When a signalman discovers a mutilated body inside a railway tunnel near Groote Park, it seems to be a straightforward case of a man struck by a passing train. But Inspector Vandam of the Middeldorp police isn't satisfied that Albert Smith's death was accidental, and he sets out to prove foul play in a baffling mystery which crosses continents from deepest South Africa to the wilds of northern Scotland, where an almost identical crime appears to have been perpetrated. The Groote Park Murder was the last of Freeman Wills Crofts' standalone crime novels, foreshadowing his iconic Inspector French series and helping to cement his reputation (according to his publishers) as 'the greatest and most popular detective writer in the world'. Like The Cask, The Ponson Case and The Pit-Prop Syndicate before it, here were a delightfully ingenious plot, impeccable handling of detail, and an overwhelming surprise 'curtain' from a masterful crime writer on the cusp of global success. This Detective Club classic is introduced with an essay by Freeman Wills Crofts, unseen since 1937, about 'The Writing of a Detective Novel'.

The Cask

The Cask

Author: Freeman Wills Crofts Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From the Collins Crime Club archive, the seminal first novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, once dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers' and recognised as one of the 'big four' Golden Age crime authors. The unloading of a consignment of French wine from the steamship Bullfinch is interrupted by a gruesome discovery in a broken cask leaking sawdust and gold sovereigns. But when the shipping clerk returns with the police, the cask and its macabre contents have gone. Following the clues to Paris, Inspector Burnley of Scotland Yard enlists the help of the genial French detective M. Lefarge to check motives and alibis in their hunt for evidence of a particularly fiendish murder. This Detective Story Club classic is introduced by Freeman Wills Crofts himself in a unique preface from 1946 about The Cask's origins.

The Pit-Prop Syndicate

The Pit-Prop Syndicate

Author: Freeman Wills Crofts, John Curran Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

From the Collins Crime Club archive, the third standalone novel by Freeman Wills Crofts, dubbed 'The King of Detective Story Writers'. Seymour Merriman's holiday in France comes to an abrupt halt when his motorcycle starts leaking petrol. Following a lorry to find fuel, he discovers that it belongs to an English company making timber pit-props for coal mines back home. His suspicions of illegal activity are aroused when he sees the exact same lorry with a different number plate - and confirmed later with the shocking discovery of a body. What began as amateur detective work ends up as a job for Inspector Willis of Scotland Yard, a job requiring tenacity, ingenuity and guile . . . Freeman Wills Crofts' transition from civil engineer on the Irish railways to world-renowned master of the detective mystery began with The Cask when he was fully 40 years old; but it was his third novel, the baffling The Pit-Prop Syndicate, that was singled out by his editors in 1930 as the first for inclusion in Collins' prestigious new series of reprints 'for crime connoisseurs'. This Detective Club classic is introduced by John Curran, author of The Hooded Gunman, and includes the bonus of an exclusive short story by Crofts, 'Danger in Shroude Valley'.

Pel and the Staghound

Pel and the Staghound

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

Temperatures are dropping as winter takes Burgundy into a tight grip, but the crime rate shows no sign of freezing, and Inspector Pel and his team of detectives are as busy as ever. A well-known fraudster is found dead in an alleyway - could gang rivalry be to blame? And who is behind a series of attacks targeting gay men in the town? On top of all this, a wealthy local businessman, Francois Rensselaer, disappears - but oddly, none of his family seem very bothered about it. Only Archer, his favourite staghound, is anxious for his missing master. It's down to Pel to unravel the mystery, uncovering motives as dark as the blackest winter night along the way. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection

Pel and the Bombers

Pel and the Bombers

Author: Mark Hebden Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 05/03/2020

When five murders disturb his sleepy Burgundian city on Bastille night, Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel has his work cut out for him. A terrorist group is at work and with the President due to make an official visit in a few weeks' time, the pressure is on to uncover them and stop them in their tracks. Meanwhile, Pel continues his courtship of the delightful Madame Faivre-Perret, and hopes one day to escape the tyranny of his TV-addicted landlady - but none of this distracts him from his goal of unmasking the murderers and stealing the would-be assassins' power. Moody, sharp-tongued and worrying constantly about his health, Inspector Pel ensures that no case goes unsolved, in these mordantly witty French mysteries. Praise for the Inspector Pel Mystery series: 'Totally convincing.' Financial Times 'Mr Hebden has created a nice band of flics.' Oxford Times 'Pel and his procedurals are some of the best things since Maigret.' Observer 'Chief Inspector Evariste Clovis Desire Pel, as well rounded a character as Maigret or Van der Valk.' Punch 'Impeccable French ambience, unexaggerated flics, and a well-constructed solution. Hebden proves again that few understand Gallic cops better than English writers!' The Times 'Some characters grow as their saga lengthens and Pel... is one of them. You might say he is ripening along with the grapes.' Police Review '...written with downbeat humour and some delightful dialogue.' Financial Times '...all is most cunningly contrived and dovetailed into a coherent plot.' Irish Times 'A thoroughly entertaining read.' Evening Standard 'The best Gallic sleuth since Maigret.' London Mystery Selection