A Collection of Classic Short Mysteries


The Collection

I’ve compiled a collection of short mysteries featuring four classic amateur detectives:

  • A. J. Raffles

  • Sherlock Holmes

  • Father Brown

  • Lady Molly of Scotland Yard

This collection is for fans of classic British detective stories who might wish to put their toe into a series before diving in.

I’ve edited out the errors from the public domain texts, and written short introductions for the four authors.  I include two stories per detective, so a reader can see if the whole short story series is something that might interest them or not.

The Four Amateur Detectives

4rafflesE. W. Hornung’s creation, A. J. Raffles, the gentleman thief, was first featured in a film in 1905 and he has starred in films and television shows ever since.

I’ve selected the first two stories from THE AMATEUR CRACKSMAN (1899), the very first Raffles stories.

The two stories show the complex character’s addiction to adrenaline, and to a not always successful life of crime.

5doyleI’ve selected two unique stories from THE CASE BOOK OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1927, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

The first story is a rarity because it is written in the third-person perspective, rather than the first person narration by Dr. Watson, as was the norm for all other Holmes stories.

The second story selected is a very unusual Holmes story, the unique plot of which has been borrowed many times over, most recently for several television mystery series episodes.

2brownTHE INNOCENCE OF FATHER BROWN, 1911, was the first of five collections of Father Brown stories by G. K. Chesterton.

I’ve selected the first two stories from this series’ first book.

You will see shades of U.S. television’s Father Dowling, and Italy’s Don Matteo in Father Brown.

There have been two films and two television series adapted from Chesterton’s stories.

3mollyThe Hungarian born Baroness Orczy is most famous for creating THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL.

In her short story collection LADY MOLLY OF SCOTLAND YARD, 1910, the Baroness followed the rules of the day for female detectives: Lady Mary worked tirelessly learning her craft with the sole honorable scope of freeing her wrongly convicted husband. Once she managed to get him freed, she retired to domestic bliss.

The two stories I’ve selected are the first and the last of the Lady Molly stories.

The Formats Available

Free e-book: You can download a free PDF book that can be read on an e-reader or on your PC.

Paperback:  I have used Amazon.com’s CreateSpace print-on-demand company to make a paperback book that can be purchased safely online via the CreateSpace page for the book  For 5.99$. Page Count: 182, US Trade Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″.

And the book is available via Amazon.com for 7.99$. Page Count: 182, US Trade Paper, 5.5″ x 8.5″.

A Kindle ebook is also available via Amazon.com for .99 cents.