mystery ebooks

Searching for a mystery? We’ve compiled a list of five classic mystery ebooks that you need to read now. Besides being excellent reads, the great thing about these influential titles is that they’re all in the public domain and available for free from My Free eBook.


1. The Mysterious Affair at Styles by Agatha Christie

Why you need to read it:

First published in 1920, The Mysterious Affair at Styles introduces readers to Belgian detective Hercule Poirot, whom Christie went on to write over 40 more books about. The story details Poirot’s investigation into a young woman’s murder by poison, and was Agatha Christie’s first mystery novel. Well-received by critics at the time of publication, this seminal detective novel still holds up many decades later.


2. A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle

Why you need to read it:

Regarded as one of the greatest mystery writers of all time, Arthur Conan Doyle’s 1887 detective novel A Study in Scarlet marks the introduction of crime-solving duo Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. It was the first mystery novel to feature the use of a magnifying glass as an investigative tool, and the amateur detective Holmes and his sidekick would go on to become perhaps the two most famous fictional characters in literature.


3. The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins

Why you need to read it:

Preceding Arthur Conan Doyle by two decades, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins was published in 1868 and is considered the first full-length crime mystery novel in print. Setting the groundwork of the detective mystery genre, the plot of The Moonstone centers around the theft of a large Indian diamond, named the Moonstone. A close friend of Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins’ fame was later eclipsed by his friend’s, but his works and influence have not been forgotten, nonetheless.


4. The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allen Poe

Why you need to read it:

Published as a short story in 1841, Poe’s The Murders in the Rue Morgue is known as the first detective story in “modern” times. Poe’s investigative character C. Auguste Dupin has been credited as the first fictional detective, and is believed to be the inspiration of later fictional detectives such as Hercule Poirot and Sherlock Holmes. The Murders in the Rue Morgue can be found in The Works of Edgar Allan Poe – Volume 1, along with its sequel, The Mystery of Marie Roget.


5. The Innocence of Father Brown by G. K. Chesterton

Why you need to read it:

This collection of short stories published in 1911 feature the Roman Catholic priest and amateur detective, Father Brown. While considered a contemporary of Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton’s fictional sleuth differs from Doyle’s Holmes by relying on his intuition rather than deductive reasoning to solve his crimes. Father Brown has appeared in more than 50 of Chesterton’s short stories, and is also the basis of the popular BBC mystery series Father Brown.


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