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Uncovering the Truth About Crime & Mystery Books

AbeBooks' booksellers are cracking the case wide open about rare and collectible crime and mystery books. From Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's masterpiece works about Sherlock Holmes to Wilkie Collins suspense-filled stories, you're bound to find copies of all your favorite crime and mystery books.

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A Study in ScarletA Study in Scarlet
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Join Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson on their very first case together! A Study in Scarlet recounts their first meeting, as well as Watson's initial impressions of the Great Detective's unusual traits and habits.

From: £1.00 - £6,794.20


The Mystery of a Hansom CabThe Mystery of a Hansom Cab
Hume Fergus

When a passenger is murdered in a hansom cab, the murderer, the victim, and the motive are all unknown. This first novel of Fergus Hume became the bestselling mystery of the 19th century, surpassing even Sherlock Holmes.

From: £1.05 - £880.50


The MoonstoneThe Moonstone
Wilkie Collins

Collins, the master of the mystery story, began an association with Charles Dickens in 1851 that influenced his career as a writer. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are perhaps his two most succesful works and demonstrate his dominance in the new genre.

From: £1.00 - £1,677.58


Death on the NileDeath on the Nile
Agatha Christie

Linnet Doyle is young, beautiful, and rich. She's the girl who has everything--including the man her best friend loves. Linnet and her new husband take a cruise on the Nile, where they meet the brilliant detective Hercule Poirot. It should be an idyllic trip, yet Poirot has a vague, uneasy feeling that something is dangerously amiss.

First Editions From: £1.05 - £13,500.00

The Leavenworth CaseThe Leavenworth Case
Anna Katharine Green

The Leavenworth Case published in 1878 was the first detective novel written by a woman. It sold a quarter of a million copies, and earned its author, Anna Katherine Green the title of "The Mother of the Detective Novel".

From: £1.57 - £2,096.98


The Widow LerougeThe Widow Lerouge
Emile Gaboriau

Emile Gaboriau (1833-1873) is an important figure in the history of detective fiction. A French journalist and novelist, he created the "roman policier" with a series of books involving private detective Monsieur Lecoq. Lecoq was based on a real-life thief turned policeman named Francois Vidocq (1775-1857), whose memoirs mixed fiction and fact.

From: £1.57 - £47.16


The Maltese FalconThe Maltese Falcon
Dashiell Hammett

This mystery novel, generally considered to be Dashiell Hammett's finest work, appeared in serial form in Black Mask magazine in 1929 and was published as a novel the following year. Some critics have said that the Biblical invocation "The love of money is the root of all evil" sums up Falcon's theme.

From: £1.00 - £47,181.97


Lady Audley's SecretLady Audley's Secret
Mary Elizabeth Braddon

This Victorian bestseller, along with Braddon's other famous novel, Aurora Floyd, established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, Lady Audley was described by one critic of the time as "high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement." Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England.

From: £1.00 - £1.34


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