15+ Crime Novels Free! [PDF]

Detectives, criminals and a mysterious case are some of the elements that predominate in the selection of crime novels in PDF format that we have made especially for you. If you are a lover of enigmatic crimes, suspense and following clues then this collection is ideal for your taste.

Crime novels have their closest antecedents in the 19th century with the tales of Edgar Allan Poe, who was a great influence on later writers of this narrative genre, such as Arthur Conan Doyle, with the immortal Sherlock Holmes, and Agatha Christie with the unforgettable Hercule Poirot.

Generally, in this type of novel, the plot centers on a detective, policeman, lawyer or journalist who thoroughly investigates a crime.

He does this by interviewing those involved and following a series of clues that eventually lead him to the resolution of the case. There are certain exceptions where the protagonist may also be the criminal himself.

Don’t miss this interesting collection of more than 15 crime novels in PDF format, all available for free in this section of our virtual library.

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1) The Hound of the Baskervilles

Author: Arthur Conan Doyle

In The Hound of the Baskervilles, Dr. James Mortimer asks Sherlock Holmes for advice after his friend Sir Charles Baskerville was found dead in the park surrounding his mansion on the Devon moors. The death was attributed to a heart attack, but according to Mortimer, Sir Charles’ face retained an expression of horror, and not far from the corpse the tracks of a gigantic hound were clearly visible.

According to an old legend, the Baskerville family has been cursed since the time of the English Civil War, when Sir Hugo Baskerville kidnapped and murdered a woman in the sights of Dartmoor, only to be killed by a huge demonic hound.

Supposedly, the same creature has been haunting the place ever since, causing the untimely deaths of many Baskerville heirs. Sir Charles believed in the hound’s plague and so did Mortimer, who now fears for the next in line, Sir Henry Baskerville.

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2) The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Author: Edgar Allan Poe

XIX Century. The barbaric murder of two women, mother, and daughter, takes place in an apartment on a populous street in Paris. The first investigations do not give any result, showing the impotence of the police to clarify the facts.

Finally, an amateur detective, M. Dupin, takes charge of the case and after an intense and brilliant investigation, he offers an extraordinary explanation.

The Crimes of the Rue Morgue is one of Edgar Allan Poe’s most important detective stories and the one that would lay the foundations for much of the noir and crime genre born in the decades following its publication.

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3) The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Author: Agatha Christie

The Mysterious Affair at Styles is a detective novel written during World War I, in 1916, and first published by John Lane in the United States in October 1920 and the United Kingdom by The Bodley Head on January 21, 1921.

Styles was Christie’s first published novel. It introduced Hercule Poirot, Inspector Japp, and Arthur Hastings. Poirot, a Belgian refugee from the Great War, is settling in England near the home of Emily Inglethorp, who helped him into his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her house. When the woman is murdered, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.

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Crime Novels novels

1) The Hound of the Baskervilles

Arthur Conan Doyle

Source: Public Domain

2) The Murders in the Rue Morgue

Edgar Allan Poe

Source: Public Domain

3) The Mysterious Affair at Styles

Agatha Christie

Source: Public Domain

4) The Maltese Falcon

Dashiell Hammett

Source: Public Domain

5) Whose Body?

Dorothy L. Sayers

Source: Public Domain

6) A Study in Scarlet

Arthur Conan Doyle

Source: Public Domain

7) The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

Source: Public Domain

8) The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Agatha Christie

Source: Public Domain

9) The Leavenworth Case

Anna Katharine Green

Source: Public Domain

10) The Woman in White

Wilkie Collins

Source: Public Domain

11) The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume

Source: Public Domain

12) The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

Arthur Conan Doyle

Source: Public Domain

13) The Red House Mystery

A.A. Milne

Source: Public Domain

14) The Mystery of Orcival

Emile Gaboriau

Source: Public Domain

15) The Mystery of the Yellow Room

Gaston Leroux

Source: Public Domain

16) Red Harvest

Dashiel Hammett

Source: Public Domain

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