In 1950, experts at Ellery Queen Mystery Magazine voted on the best detective stories ever written, and the result was this dazzling dozen. Two of the choices—Edgar Allan Poe's "The Purloined Letter" and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "The Red-Headed League"—were regarded by their authors as their finest short stories. The remaining tales offer similarly high levels of excitement and mystery.
Featured stories include G. K. Chesterton's "The Invisible Man," from The Innocence of Father Brown; "Suspicion" by Dorothy L. Sayers; Aldous Huxley's "The Gioconda Smile"; and "The Hands of Mr. Ottermole" by Thomas Burke. Additional tales include "The Avenging Chance" by Anthony Berkeley; "The Absent-Minded Coterie" by Robert Barr; Jacques Futrelle's "The Problem of Cell 13"; Melville D. Post's "Naboth’s Vineyard"; "The Yellow Slugs" by H. C. Bailey; and E. C. Bentley's "The Genuine Tabard."
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Table of ContentsThe Hands of Mr. Ottermole by Thomas BurkeThe Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan PoeThe Red-Headed League by Arthur Conan DoyleThe Avenging Chance by Anthony Berkeley The Absent-Minded Coterie by Robert BarrThe Problem of Cell 13 by Jacques FutrelleThe Invisible Man by G. K. ChestertonNaboth’s Vineyard by Melville D. PostThe Gioconda Smile by Aldous HuxleyThe Yellow Slugs by H. C. BaileyThe Genuine Tabard by E. C. BentleySuspicion by Dorothy L. Sayers