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ENGL 349: 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.