New catacomb / Arthur Conan Doyle -- Bracelet at Bruges / Arnold Bennett -- Secret garden / G. K. Chesterton -- Secret of the Magnifique / E. Phillips Oppenheim -- Petit-Jean / Ian Hay -- Lover of St Lys / F. Tennyson Jesse -- Popeau intervenes / Marie Belloc Lowndes -- Perfect murder / Stacy Aumonier -- Room in the tower / J. Jefferson Farjeon -- Ten-franc counter / H. de Vere Stacpoole -- Have you got everything you want? / Agatha Christie -- Long dinner / H. C. Bailey -- Packet-boat murder / Josephine Bell -- Villa Almirante / Michael Gilbert.
"A man is forbidden to uncover the secret of the tower in a fairy-tale castle by the Rhine. A headless corpse is found in a secret garden in Paris - belonging to the city's chief of police. And a drowned man is fished from the sea off the Italian Riviera, leaving the carabinieri to wonder why his socialite friends at the Villa Almirante are so unconcerned by his death. These are three of the scenarios in this new collection of vintage crime stories. Detective stories from the golden age and beyond have used European settings - cosmopolitan cities, rural idylls and crumbling chateaux - to explore timeless themes of revenge, deception, murder and haunting. Including lesser-known stories by Agatha Christie, Arthur Conan Doyle, G.K. Chesterton, J. Jefferson Farjeon and other classic writers, this collection reveals many hidden gems of British crime."--Page 4 of cover.