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These are stories by authors whose work was not primarily mystery or detective fiction, but who published a work or works that were mysteries or which contained significant elements of a mystery story. (See Mike Grost for more information.)

L. Frank Baum
The Bluebird Books is a series of novels popular with teenage girls in the 1910s and 1920s. The series was begun by L. Frank Baum using his Edith Van Dyne pseudonym, then continued by at least three others, all using the same pseudonym. Baum wrote the first four books in the series, possibly with help from his son, Harry Neal Baum, on the third.

Mary Louise - Novel

Mary Louise in the Country - Novel

Mary Louise Solves a Mystery - Novel

Mary Louise and the Liberty Girls - Novel  

Ambrose Bierce

An Occurence at Owl Creek - Short story - 8th story in collection

John Buchan
Buchan wrote adventure books based his experiences in the British Army.  His most famous hero, Richard Hanney, featured in five books, the most famous of which was The Thirty-Nine Steps.

The Thirty-Nine Steps - Novel

Greenmantle (2nd Hanney novel) - Novel

Luigi Capuana

The Deposition - Short story - 24th section in collection

Kate Chopin

Her Letter - Short story - 4th story in collection

James Oliver Curwood

The Flower of the North - Novel

God's Country - And the Woman - Novel

The Valley of Silent Men - Novel

The Flaming Forest - Novel

Murray Leinster

Evidence - Short story - 2nd story in collection

George Barr McCutcheon

Graustark - Novel

Beverly Of Graustark - Novel

Anthony Trollope

The Eustace Diamonds - Novel

Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

The Tragedy of Puddn'head Wilson - Novel

A Double Barreled Detective Story - Novel

Charles N. and Alice M. Williamson

It happened in Egypt - Novel

The Second Latchkey - Novel

- Mike Grost's recommended reading

- A Hayworth-Queen Cornerstone

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