What are the best classic crime books published by the British Library?

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    #1Death on the Cherwell

    Death on the Cherwell
    Death on the Cherwell is a classic mystery fiction novel written by Mavis Doriel Hay. This was originally published in 1935. The story is about an incident being investigated when a floating body is found.
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    Harold McDonald
    Written on April 27, 2018
    "I read this book a few years ago, I found it when looking for older crime novels. This is an early one, from 1935, but it is still a puzzling crime book which will satisfy your hunger for crime fiction. It is a great book for the beach or any other vacation."
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    #2Capital Crimes: London Mysteries

    Capital Crimes: London Mysteries

    Capital Crimes: London Mysteries is a British Library Crime Classics book written by Martin Edwards. It is a compilation of fictional crime stories in London. This book was published in 2015.

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    #3The Lake District Murder

    The Lake District Murder

    The Lake District Murder is a classic mystery fiction novel written by John Bude. This is the first book in the Superintendent William Meredith series. This was originally published in 1935.

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    Adam Wilson
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "The Lake District Murder is a great way to learn about classic crime. The British Library and Superintendent William Meredith wrote this book in 1935 and it had a large amount of information about the way that crime used to be in Britain."
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    #4Quick Curtain

    Quick Curtain

    Quick Curtain by Alan Melville is a 20th-century literature on mystery and crime. This book was published in 2015. The story started its plot through the death of a theatre star in a most unexpected moment.

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    Mildred Diaz
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "Written in a quirky British style this detective story is satirical in nature and fun to read for the most part. It does lag some in a few places. Probably not the best book the British library has ever published but a good read for the targeted audience."
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    #5Crimson Snow

    Crimson Snow

    Crimson Snow: Winter Mysteries is a British Library Crime Classics book written by Martin Edwards. It is a compilation of fiction anthologies on mystery and crime. This book was published in 2017.

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    David Castro
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This is a fantastic book for those interested in British classic crime books. It includes several short stories with a winter setting or theme from a variety of classic British authors both well known and not. It has provided me with a variety of digestible stories to get a feel for classic British crime books without having to read through a whole novel. "
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    #6Antidote to Venom

    Antidote to Venom

    Antidote to Venom is the 17th book in the Inspector French series written by Freeman Wills Crofts. It is a classic book on mystery and crime. This book narrates a real puzzling plot. This book was published in 2015.

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    Christian Davidson
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "A classic series of crime stories from Freeman Wills Crofts. While these books have been well received by fans, there is some debate on the direction of the series. A solid choice for fans of the genre, but not much to draw new readers to the series. "
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    #7Thirteen Guests

    Thirteen Guests

    Thirteen Guests by J. Jefferson Farjeon is a classic literature of crime and mystery. This book was published in 2015 which plot started on a hunting party turned into a murderous hunt.

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    Sonia Vásquez
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Although the plot drags a bit, after the first few chapters, it picks up! Keep reading. amazing mystery with interesting points of view"
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    #8Murder Underground

    Murder Underground
    Murder Underground by Mavis Doriel Hay is a European literature on crime and mystery. This book can be likened to the story of Murder in the Orient Express. This book was published in 2014.
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    David Gardner
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Murder Underground, written in the 1930s, has a really interesting premise for a crime book and made me ponder what I'd do and how I'd think if I were a character in it. However, the actual writing and the way the story unfold are sort of bland. Maybe this book is just anachronistic at this point, but I found myself skipping ahead just to see how it played out instead of really enveloping myself in the world and characters."
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    #9The Sussex Downs Murder

    The Sussex Downs Murder

    The Sussex Downs Murder is the second book in the Superintendent William Meredith series by John Bude. It is a classic read on a fictional mystery. This book was published in 2015 which revolves around an adventure of a detective.

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    Divya Rathore
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Author John Bude has written a timeless, classic mystery that is very popular in British literature. The story is a wonderful crime mystery that will provide a suspenseful read."
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    #10The Santa Klaus Murder

    The Santa Klaus Murder

    The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay is a classic read on mystery and crime. This book is perfect for holiday reads. This book was published in 2015 perfect for young adult readers.

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    Jordan Walters
    Written on May 5, 2018
    "The best classic crime book published by the British Library is The Santa Klaus Murder by Mavis Doriel Hay. A mystery novel set during Christmas that involves a whodunit murder that will leave everyone guessing til the last suspect is investigated. A perfect read for young adults."
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    #11The Narrative of John Smith

    The Narrative of John Smith

    The Narrative of John Smith is a classic fiction written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. It is first published in 2011 by British Library. 

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    Nathan Sanchez
    Written on May 13, 2018
    "I love a good crime novel. I find them interesting and I love to try and solve the puzzle as i go on. The Narrative of John Smith was just that. Though it was fiction, you could almost see the events unfolding before your eyes as time went on."

Summary

Best What are the best classic crime books published by the British Library
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1Death on the CherwellBooks 21 Paid
2Capital Crimes: London MysteriesBooks 18 Paid
3The Lake District MurderBooks 18 Paid
4Quick CurtainBooks 17 Paid
5Crimson SnowBooks 15 Paid
6Antidote to VenomBooks 13 Paid
7Thirteen GuestsBooks 12 Paid
8Murder UndergroundBooks 12 Paid
9The Sussex Downs MurderBooks 10 Paid
10The Santa Klaus MurderBooks 9 Paid
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