E-book editions of "
The Harper Chronicles," Daniel Elton Harmon's critically acclaimed series of historical mystery short stories set in 19th-Century South Carolina!


"one of the best—and most imaginative—
books I have read this year"

—Rachel A Hyde, CrimeThruTime


"a high-quality read from an author who,
one feels, knows instinctively how to tell a good, old-fashioned story"

—Sarah Cutherbertson, Historical Novel Society


"eight tales of mystery sure to delight armchair sleuths"

—Heather England, Bard's Ink

A series of timeless short stories by classic authors, selected by mystery writer Daniel Elton Harmon.

Vintage Short
Mystery Classics

Take an eerie ride on a long-lost coach. Solve an impossible "locked room" murder mystery. Heed the warning of a trainman who doesn't exist. Endure a quarter-century of Siberian imprisonment for a crime you didn't commit. Winter in a deserted alpine inn surrounded by unseen threats. And if you dare, spend a night in the haunted chamber of an English castle.

These and other adventures beckon you to turn the pages of mysteries past, conceived by Tolstoi, Poe, Dickens, Edwards and a host of vintage literary masters. Each story, presented in e-book format (PDF), is available free to download. Click a title below and wait for the file transfer to complete.

More stories in the "Vintage Short Mystery Classics" series are added monthly. Return often—and enjoy!




#1 "The Confessed Crime," Leo Tolstoi

#2 "The North Mail" ("The Phantom Coach"),
. . .Amelia B. Edwards

#3 "The Inn," Guy de Maupassant

#4 "A Horseman in the Sky," Ambrose Bierce

#5 "The Red Room," H.G. Wells

#6 "The Paradise of Thieves," G.K. Chesterton

#7 "The Cobweb," H.H. Munro (Saki)

#8 "How Thomas of Reading Was Murdered," Thomas Deloney

#9 "The Doomdorf Mystery," Melville Davisson Post

#10 "A Dilemma," S. Weir Mitchell

#11 "The Signal-Man," Charles Dickens

#12 "The Shed Chamber," Laura E. Richards

#13 "The Ghost Ship," Richard Middleton

#14 "The Executioner," Honoré de Balzac

#15 "The Fenchurch Street Mystery," Baroness Orczy

#16 "The Murders in the Rue Morgue," Edgar Allan Poe

#17 "The Mystery of Sasassa Valley," Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

#18 "The Mystery of Essex Stairs,"Sir Gilbert Campbell

#19 "Talma Gordon,"Pauline E. Hopkins

#20 "The Sapient Monkey,"Headon Hill (Francis Edward Grainger)

#21 "Thrawn Janet,"Robert Louis Stevenson

#22 "A Tale of the Great Plague,"Thomas Hood

#23 "The Bravoes of Market-Drayton,"Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

#24 "The Dancing-Partner,"Jerome K. Jerome

#25 "The New Pass,"Amelia B. Edwards

#26 "Jean Monette,"Eugène François Vidocq

#27 "Vidocq and the Locksmith's Daughter,"George Barton

#28 "The Story of the Goblins Who Stole a Sexton,"Charles Dickens

#29 "The Banknote Forger,"C.J. Cutcliffe Hyne

#30 "The Masque of the Red Death,"Edgar Allan Poe

#31 "The Invisible Man,"G.K. Chesterton

#32 "A School Story,"M.R. James

#33 "The Botathen Ghost,"R.S. Hawker



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