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The Beginnings of the Mystery Novel From Edgar Allen Poe to Sherlock Holmes


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Mystery Author Index

The mystery story took shape in the years after the publication of Edgar Allen Poe's short stories. The stories took a form which was largely based on the action of real-life policemen, and of crime events in the news. The heroes of these stories were policemen and some dashing criminals. The appearance of Sherlock Holmes forever changed the way that the mystery novel was written.

Many writings by authors of this period are available online and are free. Search at Many Books, Project Gutenberg, or Just Free Books. There are also many interesting stories from this period at the World Wide School Library. Amazon's Kindle is now availably for PC and Mac conputers for free which is another way to access these older mystery novels. There are other sources of free books listed at Free Mystery, Detective, Thriller and Crime Fiction Books Online


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