Librivox Mystery Bookshelf



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These stories come before the beginning of what is known as Mystery Fiction.  They contain mystery elements, even if they are not what we would traditionally think of as mysteries.

Pedro de Alarcon

The Nail - Short story - 22nd and 23rd sections of the collection


The Lost Duchess - Short story - 6th story in collection

Lucius Apuleius (2nd century)

The Adventure of the Three Robbers - Short story - Section 25 of the collection

Honore de Balzac

Melmoth Reconciled - Short story - sections 14-16 of the collection

The Conscript - Short story - section 17 of the collection

Guy de Maupassant

The Necklace - Short story - Section 1 of the collection

The Man With the Pale Eyes - Short story - Section 2 of the collection

An Uncomfortable Bed - Short story - Section 3 of the collection

Ghosts - Short story - Section 4 of the collection

Fear - Short story - Section 5 of the collection

The Confession - Short story - Section 6 of the collection

The Horla, or Modern Ghosts - Short story - Section 7-8 of the collection

Washington Irving

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Short story

Pliny the Younger (1st century AD)

Letter to Sura - Short story - 26th section in collection


Zadig the Babylonian - Novella - Sections 18-21 of collection


- Mike Grost's recommended reading

- A Hayworth-Queen Cornerstone

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