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The Rogue school, such writers as Guy N. Boothby, Max Pemberton, Maurice Leblanc, and E.W. Hornung, wrote tales about clever thieves and swindlers, that were at one time immensely popular with Late Victorian readers. The stories were comic and cheery in tone, and treated the crook protagonist as a hero. (Mike Grost)  While these stories are not always mysteries, many contain puzzle plots or other elements of mystery stories.

Grant Allen

The Great Ruby Robbery - Short story - Last story in collection

Robert Barr 

The Clue of the Silver Spoons  - Short story - 6th story in collection

Ernest Bramah

Four Max Carrados Detective Stories - Short story collection

  • The Coin of Dionysius
  • The Knight's Cross Signal Problem
  • The Tragedy at Brookbend Cottage
  • The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor

The Game Played in the Dark - Short story - 3rd story in collection

Gelett Burgess

The Assassin's Club - Short story - 7th story in collection

Erskine Childers

The Riddle of the Sands - Novel

Octavus Roy Cohen

Midnight - Novel

J. S. Fletcher

Dead Men's Money - Novel

The Middle of Things - Novel

The Middle Temple Murder - Novel

The Paradise Mystery - Novel

E. W. Hornung

Dead Men Tell No Tales - Novel

The Amateur Cracksman - Short story collection

Raffles, Further Adventures of the Amateur Cracksman - Short story collection

Herbert Keen

The Tin Box - Short story - 7th story in collection

William Le Queux

The Czar's Spy - Novel

Maurice Leblanc

The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsène Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar - Short story collection

The Blonde Lady - Novella collection

The Hollow Needle: Further Adventures of Arsène Lupin - Novel

Eight Strokes of the Clock - Short story collection

E. Phillips Oppenheim

The Cinema Murder - Novel

Frank L. Packard

The Adventures of Jimmie Dale - Novel

The White Moll - Novel

Harrington Strong (pseudonym of Johnston McCulley)

The Brand of Silence - A Detective Story - Novel


- Mike Grost's recommended reading

- A Hayworth-Queen Cornerstone

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