Detective and mystery stories

The Face of a Stranger

By Anne Perry

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He's sardonically brilliant, more than a little handsome and possesses absolutely no memory of his former life as a London police detective. He must enlist the aid of the formidable Hester Latterly, lately returned from nursing in the Crimean War, to help him solve the murder of a war hero.
First book of the William Monk series.

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The Cater Street Hangman

By Anne Perry

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Five girls are brutally murdered on the streets of London. All clues point to the Ellison household where the charming Misses Charlotte and Emily reside. Can Inspector Thomas Pitt discover the truth behind the elegant façade of exquisite manners and societal mores without losing his heart? First of the Charlotte and Thomas Pitt series.

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A Study in Scarlet

By Arthur Conan Doyle

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"You have been in Afghanistan, I perceive." With these few words, Holmes astonishes Watson for the first, if not the last, time on the occasion of their meeting. A mysterious corpse without wounds and a bloody design on the wall nearby inaugurates their first case of detection.
This is the beginning of Sherlock Holmes' many adventures. It is also available as a graphic novel, video, audio, or as part of most Sherlock Holmes collections.

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Dog Den Mystery

By Darrel & Sally Odgers

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When someone steals an old boot, Jack doesn't care. Then someone steals his squeaker bone. And his blanket. And Red’s ball. Now Jack DOES care. Who is the thief of Doggeroo? How will Jack solve the case of — the DOG DEN MYSTERY?
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Buzby to the Rescue

By Hoban, Julia

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Buzby the hotel cat does his best to help visiting movie star Serena Lovejoy keep track of her jewels and enjoy her stay at the hotel. JBR Hob
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Chester Himes: Writing from the fire

Chester Himes had a hard life, even for someone growing up in the 'thirties. He took some knocks early on, knocks many people get in life; it was the racism he encountered in LA that made him bitter, a bitterness which put a fire in his belly and informed so much of his best work. Himes probably would have drawn little consolation over the fact he was breaking new trails for  authors such as  Walter Mosley. But he did.

A History of Detective Stories: Current Trends

Detective fiction remains a major field in popular literature both for authors and readers.Many new trends and subgenres have emerged in literary detective fiction during the last twenty years, both redefining and broadening the genre.Some of the currently popular subgenres are historical fiction, fiction featuring minority characters, and detective fiction set outside of traditional locations.In fact, detective fiction has become such a diverse genre of literature that it appears to be splitting into several distinct genres, each with its own style and method of gripping readers’ attention.

A History of Detective Stories: Film Noir

One of the sub-genres that defined classic American crime and detective movies was film noir, a style that was pervasive in detective films of the 1940s and 1950s. Film noir arose during the post-World War II period in the United States as a generation that fought in one of the most brutal conflicts the world had ever seen returned home to a changed America where jobs were scarce and the national mood seemed darker and more cynical than during the war itself. 

Sammy Keyes and the Hotel Thief

By Wendelin Van Draanen

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Thirteen-year-old Sammy's penchant for speaking her mind gets her in trouble when she involves herself in the investigation of a robbery at the "seedy" hotel across the street from the seniors' building where she is living with her grandmother.
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