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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!

Murder Takes a Holiday

Murder Takes a Holiday

Author: Various Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 07/05/2020

For most of us, a summer holiday is an opportunity to escape from it all: to lounge on warm sands or sip a cool drink in the shade of a city square. But, as the characters in this murderously good collection of classic crime stories discover to their cost ... trouble has a nasty habit of finding you out. From a body found on a beach without a single footprint, to a lemonade stand whose wares appear to have been poisoned and a Wimbledon final ruined by the mysterious disappearance of the championship player, these tales of murder and malice will take you on the trip of a lifetime. So pour that glass of Pimms, grab your sunhat and indulge your dark side: these stories will chill you to your very core, even in a heatwave ...

Forget Me Not

Forget Me Not

Author: Adrian Wright Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

'Where do they go, the forgotten people? Where do they go?' London, 1910: A mystery is begun in Lyons Corner House when innocent Ethel Braund meets blowsy singer Belle Elmore and mistakenly leaves with Belle's handbag. Fifty years later, a company of pensionable music-hall artistes are brought together on Cromer Pier for a last hurrah. Among them are the ageing duettists Grenville and Elsie, soubrette Dorothy Driscoll (known as 'The Doll With The Dimple'), Parliamentary Pete (who has recently had one leg amputated), an out-of-practice conjuror and his assistant Len and murderous Heron Makepeace. Topping the Bill is the formidable Hattie Prince, 'England's Greatest Male Impersonator'. In a novel inhabited by a host of colourful characters, against a background of echoing music hall songs, the boy detectives Francis and Gordon Jones unravel a story of illusion, death and remembrance.

The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Author: Wilkie Collins Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 28/04/2020

A thrilling tale of mystery and crime from a master storyteller. A pacy tale from the original master of detective fiction Wilkie Collins. Transported from the temples of India to atmospheric Victorian England, the scene is set for a tale which twists between death, drugs, mystery and, most of all, misdirection. Rachel inherits the moonstone from her uncle on her 18th birthday, a cursed diamond of sacred importance stolen from India. When the stone goes missing, Sergeant Cuff is faced with a myriad of possible culprits, from mysterious Indian jugglers who may not be all they seem, to a very oddly acting maidservant. Told from the viewpoints of various vivid characters, Collins spins a tale of intrigue with many a wrong-turn as the moonstone leaves a path of destruction in its wake. FLAME TREE 451: From mystery to crime, supernatural to horror and fantasy to science fiction, Flame Tree 451 offers a healthy diet of werewolves and mechanical men, blood-lusty vampires, dastardly villains, mad scientists, secret worlds, lost civilizations and escapist fantasies. Discover a storehouse of tales gathered specifically for the reader of the fantastic. Each book features a brand new biography and glossary of Literary, Gothic and Victorian terms.

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Venerable Tiger

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - The Venerable Tiger

Author: Sam Siciliano Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 14/04/2020

The brand new adventure from the author of The Devil and the Four, in which Sherlock Holmes and Henry Vernier uncover a tense family mystery. Sherlock Holmes acquires a new client when a beautiful young woman, Isabel Stone, faints on the steps of his Baker Street rooms. She has come to beg his assistance in reclaiming some priceless jewels kept from her by her tyrannical stepfather, Captain Grimbold Pratt. But shortly after agreeing to take her case, Captain Pratt comes to Baker Street, not quite so tyrannical as Isabel would have them believe. Holmes and his cousin, Dr Henry Vernier, must unravel a tense family mystery dating back to the Indian Mutiny, where neither of them is sure who to believe...

Running Lie, The

Running Lie, The

Author: Jennifer Young Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/04/2020

No Lying Quiet

No Lying Quiet

Author: Hugh G. Allison Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 01/04/2020

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!

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!

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!

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!