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Classic Detective Fiction

Required Readings in the Public Domain

Public domain means an item belongs, in its entirety, to the public. These items no longer fall under traditional copyright laws because their creators are no longer living.  In the U.S., a piece of writing falls under copyright from the moment it is written till 70 years after the author's death. The public domain items below can be read for free at any time, but make sure you still use proper citations in your course projects when referring to the texts. 

Edgar Allan Poe:

Murders in the Rue Morgue

The Purloined Letter

Arthur Conan Doyle:

The Red-Headed League, The Bascombe Valley Mystery, AND The Adventures of the Copper Beeches-

G.K. Chesterton:

The Blue Cross, The Secret Garden AND

The Flying Stars

Dorothy L. Sayers:

Murder Must Advertise

Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep


Public Domain

Available Through Interlibrary Loan

For those of you who prefer to have a printed copy of the required readings, this list will link you to an Interlibrary Loan (ILL) request for each text.  Remember, when you borrow a book through ILL the lending library sets the due dates.  You will need to return the book by the date provided on the cover slip.

Edgar Allan Poe:

Murders in the Rue Morgue AND The Purloined Letter - Click here. 

Arthur Conan Doyle:

A Scandal in Bohemia, Five Orange Pips AND The Adventure of the Speckled Band - Click here.

G.K. Chesterton:

The Blue Cross, The Secret Garden AND The Flying Stars - Click here.

Dorothy L. Sayers: 

Murder Must Advertise - Click here.

Agatha Christie:

Murder on the Orient Express - Click here.

Dashiell Hammett:

The Maltese Falcon - Click here.

Raymond Chandler

The Big Sleep - Click here.

Ruth Rendell:

From Doon With Death - Click here.

Elizabeth George:

A Great Deliverance - Click here.

Elizabeth Peters:

Crocodile on the Sandbank - Click here.

Walter Mosey

            Devil in a Blue Dress - Click here

Joe Ide 

           IQ - Click here

Katherine V. Forrest:

Murder by Tradition - Click here.

Required Readings in the Library

Southworth Library

Below is a list of required readings that are available to you on the iPads in the library.  When you visit the library, check out an iPad and tap on the Kindle app. Navigate to the top left corner of the Kindle app, and tap on the icon (it will look like three small lines stacked on top of each other) that opens the left sidebar menu.  Select the "Collections" option from the menu, and you will find your readings stored in the "Detective Fiction" collection.

  • Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
  • The Maltese Falcon by Dashiell Hammett
  • From Doon With Death by Ruth Rendell
  • A Great Deliverance by Elizabeth George
  • Crocodile on the Sandbank by Elizabeth Peters
  • The Cater Street Hangman by Anne Perry
  • Murder by Tradition by Katherine V. Forrest
  • Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

In addition, the library has a few copies of the books in E-book format through EBSCO - host. You may access these E-books on your own personal device outside of the library, with internet access. Note: please do not download the E-book, as that will prevent your classmates from accessing the book. 


Tell Us Why You're Here

From the course description, what made you want to sign up for this class?
"learn the literary elements of detective fiction": 0 votes (0%)
"the detective as a literary figure": 0 votes (0%)
"detective fiction as a genre": 1 votes (50%)
"depictions of the law and legal system": 0 votes (0%)
I wanted to read the authors listed.: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2

Who Done-It? - SUNY Canton Edition

The ice has gone missing from the hockey rink in the Convocation, Athletic and Recreation Center!  University Police arrive on the scene in the morning, and see a trail of footprints leading away from the rink, but at the parking lot the footprints disappear. 

Here are some interesting occurrences that have been happening on campus.  Read the clues and then tell us who you think committed the crime.

  • The refrigerator and freezer in the Cyber Cafe have been broken this week. Vicki has been struggling to keep up with student orders, but without the freezer there are no iced versions of students' favorite coffee drinks! The students have been complaining to her, and the stress is building during the time that she needs to wait to get the equipment fixed.
  • The day after the disappearance of the ice from the hockey rink, Gamma Sigma Zeta had built a new frat house for themselves... it was an ice castle fit for kings.
  • Over the last month, the library has been overheating. Interim Library Director, Cori Wilhelm, has submitted several requests for the temperature to be fixed and on the day after the crime the library has returned to a reasonable temperature.
  • The SUNY Canton mascot, Rudy the Roo has been spreading mischief across campus all semester. Could this be his latest prank? 
So, who is the perpetrator of this crime?
Cyber Cafe Superstar, Vicki Lavoie: 0 votes (0%)
Director of Greek Life, Amanda Deckert: 1 votes (50%)
Interim Director of SLLC, Cori Wilhelm: 0 votes (0%)
Rudy the Roo: 1 votes (50%)
Total Votes: 2