Mystery and Adventure – Recommendations

BOOKS

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (Sherlock Holmes)

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  • The Sign of the Four (1890)
  • The Sherlock Holmes stories, especially:
    • The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
      • The Red-Headed League
      • The Five Orange Pips
      • The Blue Carbuncle
      • The Speckled Band
    • The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes
      • Silver Blaze
      • The Musgrave Ritual
    • The Return of Sherlock Holmes
      • The Dancing Men
      • The Six Napoleons
    • His Last Bow
      • Wisteria Lodge
      • The Dying Detective
      • The Disappearance of Lady Frances Carfax
      • The Devil’s Foot
  • The Hound of the Baskervilles (1902)

 

G.K. Chesterton (Father Brown)

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  • The Man Who Was Thursday (1908)
  • The complete Father Brown stories, especially:
    • The Innocence of Father Brown (1911)
      • The Secret Garden
      • The Queer Feet
      • The Flying Stars
      • The Invisible Man
      • The Sins of Prince Saradine
      • The Hammer of God
      • The Sign of the Broken Sword
    • The Wisdom of Father Brown (1914)
      • The Absence of Mr. Glass
      • The Duel of Dr. Hirsch
      • The Man in the Passage
      • The Head of Caesar
    • The Incredulity of Father Brown (1926)
      • The Oracle of the Dog
      • The Dagger with Wings
    • The Secret of Father Brown (1927)
      • The Mirror of the Magistrate
      • The Vanishing of Vaudrey
      • The Worst Crime in the World
      • The Chief Mourner of Marne
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1922)
    • The Bottomless Well
    • The Hole in the Wall
    • The Garden of Smoke
  • The Poet and the Lunatics (1929)
    • The Shadow of the Shark
    • The Finger of Stone
  • The Paradoxes of Mr. Pond (1937)
    • The Three Horsemen of the Apocalypse
    • When Doctors Agree

 

R. Austin Freeman (Dr. Thorndyke)

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  • The Eye of Osiris (1911)
  • The D’Arblay Mystery (1926)
  • As a Thief in the Night (1928)

 

A.E.W. Mason (Hanaud)

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  • At the Villa Rose (1910)
  • The House of the Arrow (1924)
  • The Prisoner in the Opal (1928)

 

 

 

E.C. Bentley (Philip Trent)

  • Trent’s Last Case (1913)
  • Trent Intervenes (1938, short stories)

 

Sax Rohmer (Nayland Smith vs. Dr. Fu Manchu)

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  • The Mystery of Dr. Fu-Manchu (1913)

 

Ernest Bramah (Max Carrados)

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  • Max Carrados (1914)
  • The Eyes of Max Carrados (1923)
  • Max Carrados Mysteries (1927)

 

H.C. Bailey (Reggie Fortune and Joshua Clunk)

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  • The Mr. Fortune short stories, especially
    • Mr. Fortune’s Practice (1927)
      • The Magic Stone
      • The Young Doctor
      • The Unknown Murderer
    • Mr. Fortune’s Trials (1925)
      • The Furnished Cottage
      • The Long Barrow
      • The Only Son
      • The Profiteers
      • The Young God
    • Mr. Fortune, Please (1928)
      • The Little House
    • Mr. Fortune Explains (1930)
      • The Bicycle Lamp
    • Mr. Fortune Objects (1935)
      • The Broken Toad
      • The Long Dinner
      • The Yellow Slugs
    • A Clue for Mr. Fortune (1936)
      • The Dead Leaves
      • The Holy Well
  • Shadow on the Wall (1934)
  • The Sullen Sky Mystery (1935)
  • Black Land, White Land (1937)

 

Agatha Christie (Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple)

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  • The Murder of Roger Ackroyd (1926)
  • The Mysterious Mr. Quin (1930, short stories)
  • The Thirteen Problems (1932, short stories)
  • Lord Edgware Dies (1933)
  • Murder on the Orient Express (1934)
  • The ABC Murders (1936)
  • Murder in Mesopotamia (1936)
  • Cards on the Table (1936)
  • Death on the Nile (1937)
  • Hercule Poirot’s Christmas (1938)
  • And Then There Were None (1939)
  • One, Two, Buckle My Shoe (1940)
  • Evil Under the Sun (1941)
  • Five Little Pigs (1943)
  • Towards Zero (1944)
  • The Labours of Hercules (1947, short stories)
  • A Murder is Announced (1950)
  • Mrs McGinty’s Dead (1952)
  • After the Funeral (1953)
  • The Pale Horse (1961)

 

Freeman Wills Crofts (Inspector French)

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  • The Cask (1920)
  • The Groote Park Mystery (1923)
  • Inspector French and the Starvel Tragedy (1927)
  • The Sea Mystery (1928)
  • Sir John Magill’s Last Journey (1930)

 

G.D.H. and M. Cole (Superintendent Wilson)

  • The Death of a Millionaire (1925)
  • The Man from the River (1928)
  • “In a Telephone Cabinet” (in Superintendent Wilson’s Holiday, 1928)
  • Dead Man’s Watch (1931)

 

Dorothy L. Sayers (Lord Peter Wimsey)

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  • Unnatural Death (1927)
  • Lord Peter Views the Body (1928, short stories)
  • Strong Poison (1930)
  • The Documents in the Case (1930)
  • Have His Carcase (1932)
  • Murder Must Advertise (1933)
  • Hangman’s Holiday (1933, short stories)
    • The Incredible Elopement of Lord Peter Wimsey
    • The Image in the Mirror
  • The Nine Tailors (1934)
  • Gaudy Night (1935)

 

Philip MacDonald

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  • Murder Gone Mad (1931)
  • Rope to Spare (1932)
  • The List of Adrian Messenger (1959)

 

Major John Street

As John Rhode (Dr. Priestley)

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  • The Claverton Mystery (1933)
  • Death on the Board (1937)
  • Death in Harley Street (1946)

As Miles Burton (Desmond Merrion)

  • Death of Mr. Gantley (1932)
  • Murder, M.D. (1943)
  • The Three Corpse Trick (1944)

 

Anthony Berkeley (Roger Sheringham)

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  • “The Avenging Chance” (1929)
  • The Poisoned Chocolates Case (1929)
  • The Piccadilly Murder (1930)
  • Top Storey Murder (1931)
  • Jumping Jenny (1933)
  • Trial and Error (1937)
  • Not to Be Taken (1938)

As Francis Iles

  • Malice Aforethought (1931)

 

Earl Derr Biggers (Charlie Chan)

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  • Charlie Chan Carries On (1930)

 

Ronald A. Knox (Miles Bredon)

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  • “Solved by Inspection” (1925)
  • Still Dead (1934)

 

Christopher Bush  (Ludovic Travers)

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  • Dead Man Twice (1930)
  • Cut Throat (1932)
  • The Case of the April Fools (1933)

 

J.J. Connington (Sir Clinton Driffield)

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  • The Case with Nine Solutions (1928)
  • Jack-in-the-Box (1944)

 

S.S. Van Dine (Philo Vance)

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  • The Greene Murder Case (1928)
  • The Bishop Murder Case (1929)
  • The Scarab Murder Case (1930)

 

Henry Wade (Inspector Poole)

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  • The Duke of York’s Steps (1929)
  • The Hanging Captain (1932)
  • Constable, Guard Thyself! (1934)
  • Heir Presumptive (1935)

 

Anthony Gilbert (Arthur Crook)

  • The Clock in the Hat-box (1939)

 

Margery Allingham (Albert Campion)

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  • Police at the Funeral (1931)
  • Dancers in Mourning (1937)
  • The Case of the Late Pig (1937)
  • The Fashion in Shrouds (1938)
  • More Work for the Undertaker (1948)
  • Hide My Eyes (1958)

 

Leslie Charteris (Simon Templar, a.k.a. the Saint)

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  • The Saint Plays with Fire (1938)
  • The Saint in Europe (1953, short stories)
  • The Saint on the Spanish Main (1955, short stories)
  • The Saint Around the World (1956, short stories)

 

Milward Kennedy

  • The Murderer of Sleep (1932)

 

Gladys Mitchell (Mrs. Bradley)

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  • The Mystery of a Butcher’s Shop (1929)
  • The Saltmarsh Murders (1932)
  • Death at the Opera (1934)
  • The Devil at Saxon Wall (1935)
  • Come Away, Death (1937)
  • St. Peter’s Finger (1938)
  • Brazen Tongue (1940)
  • The Rising of the Moon (1945)
  • Death and the Maiden (1947)
  • Tom Brown’s Body (1949)
  • The Echoing Strangers (1952)
  • Merlin’s Furlong (1953)
  • The Twenty-third Man (1957)

 

E.R. Punshon (Bobby Owen)

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  • Death Comes to Cambers (1935)
  • Diabolic Candelabra (1942)

 

Ellery Queen

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  • The French Powder Mystery (1930)
  • The Greek Coffin Mystery (1932)
  • The Siamese Twin Mystery (1933)
  • The Adventures of Ellery Queen (1934, short stories)
  • The Four of Hearts (1938)

As Barnaby Ross

  • The Tragedy of X (1932)

 

 

John Dickson Carr (Dr. Gideon Fell, Henri Bencolin)

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  • The Corpse in the Waxworks (1932)
  • The Mad Hatter Mystery (1933)
  • The Blind Barber (1934)
  • The Three Coffins (1935)
  • The Arabian Nights Murder (1936)
  • The Murder of Sir Edmund Godfrey (1936, non-fiction)
  • The Crooked Hinge (1938)
  • The Problem of the Green Capsule (1939)
  • The Emperor’s Snuffbox (1942)
  • He Who Whispers (1946)
  • The Devil in Velvet (1951)
  • The Nine Wrong Answers (1952)
  • The Third Bullet (1954, short stories)
    • The House in Goblin Wood
  • In Spite of Thunder (1960)

As Carter Dickson

  • The Plague Court Murders (1934)
  • The Red Widow Murders (1935)
  • The Unicorn Murders (1935)
  • The Punch and Judy Murders (1936)
  • Death in Five Boxes (1938)
  • The Reader is Warned (1939)
  • Nine – and Death Makes Ten (1940)
  • She Died a Lady (1943)

 

C.P. Snow

  • Death Under Sail (1932)

 

Romilly and Katharine John

  • Death by Request (1933)

 

C. Daly King

  • Obelists Fly High (1935)

 

Ngaio Marsh (Roderick Alleyn)

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  • Overture to Death (1939)
  • Death and the Dancing Footman (1941)
  • Colour Scheme (1943)
  • Final Curtain (1947)
  • Scales of Justice (1955)
  • Off With His Head (1957)
  • Singing in the Shrouds (1959)

 

Nicholas Blake (Nigel Strangeways)

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  • A Question of Proof (1935)
  • Thou Shell of Death (1936)
  • The Case of the Abominable Snowman (1941)
  • Head of a Traveller (1949)
  • The Widow’s Cruise (1959)

 

Leo Bruce (Sergeant Beef)

  • Case for Three Detectives (1936)

 

Michael Innes (John Appleby)

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  • Death at the President’s Lodging (1936)
  • Hamlet, Revenge! (1937)
  • Lament for a Maker (1938)
  • Stop Press (1939)
  • The Daffodil Affair (1942)
  • From London Far (1946)
  • What Happened at Hazlewood (1946)
  • The New Sonia Wayward (1960)

 

Rupert Penny (Inspector Beale)

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  • Policeman’s Holiday (1937)
  • The Lucky Policeman (1938)

 

Josephine Bell (Dr. Wintringham)

  • Death at Half-Term (1939)
  • Death at the Medical Board (1944)

 

Anthony Boucher (Fergus O’Breen, Sister Ursula)

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  • The Case of the Crumpled Knave (1939)

 

Cyril Hare (Inspector Mallett, Francis Pettigrew)

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  • Suicide Excepted (1939)

 

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  • Murder at Government House (1937)
  • Murder on Safari (1938)
  • Death of an Aryan (1939)
  • The Merry Hippo (1963)

 

Helen McCloy (Dr. Basil Willing)

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  • The Deadly Truth (1941)
  • Who’s Calling? (1942)
  • Cue for Murder (1943)
  • She Walks Alone (1948)
  • The Slayer and the Slain (1957)

 

Christianna Brand (Inspector Cockrill)

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  • Green for Danger (1944)
  • Death of Jezebel (1948)
  • London Particular / Fog of Doubt (1952)
  • Tour de Force (1955)
  • Buffet for Unwelcome Guests (1983, short stories)

 

Hake Talbot

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  • The Rim of the Pit (1944)

 

Edmund Crispin (Gervase Fen)

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  • The Case of the Gilded Fly (1944)
  • Holy Disorders (1945)
  • Swan Song (1947)
  • Love Lies Bleeding (1948)
  • The Long Divorce (1951)
  • Fen Country (1979, short stories)
    • Baker Dies

 

Michael Gilbert

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  • Smallbone Deceased (1950)
  • Death Has Deep Roots (1951)
  • Death in Captivity (1952)
  • The Dust and the Heat (1957)

 

Isaac Asimov

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  • The Caves of Steel (1953)
  • The Naked Sun (1957)

 

Ian Fleming (James Bond, 007)

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  • From Russia, with Love (1957)
  • Dr. No (1958)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1963)

Marion Mainwaring

  • Murder in Pastiche (1954)

 

Peter and Anthony Shaffer (Mr. Verity)

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  • Withered Murder (1955)

 

H.R.F. Keating (Inspector Ghote)

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  • Inspector Ghote Goes by Train (1971)
  • Inspector Ghote Draws a Line (1979)
  • Under a Monsoon Cloud (1986)

 

P.D. James (Adam Dalgliesh)

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  • A Mind to Murder (1963)
  • Shroud for a Nightingale (1971)
  • A Taste for Death (1986)

 

Ruth Rendell (Inspector Wexford)

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  • Wolf to the Slaughter (1967)
  • A Sleeping Life (1979)
  • The Lake of Darkness (1980)
  • An Unkindness of Ravens (1985)
  • Kissing the Gunner’s Daughter (1991)
  • The Crocodile Bird (1993)

 

Reginald Hill (Dalziel and Pascoe)

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  • Recalled to Life (1992)
  • Pictures of Perfection (1994)
  • The Wood Beyond (1996)
  • On Beulah Height (1998)
  • Dialogues of the Dead (2002)
  • The Stranger House (2006)

 

Colin Dexter (Inspector Morse)

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  • The Silent World of Nicholas Quinn (1977)
  • The Dead of Jericho (1981)
  • The Wench is Dead (1989)

 

Ellen Raskin

  • The Tattooed Potato and Other Clues (1975)
  • The Westing Game (1979)

 

Umberto Eco

  • The Name of the Rose (1980)

Paul Halter (Dr. Twist, Owen Burns)

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  • La septième hypothèse (1991)
  • Le diable de Dartmoor (1993)

 

Christopher Fowler (Bryant and May)

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  • The Water Room (2004)
  • Ten Second Staircase (2006)

 

Jonathan L. Howard

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  • Johannes Cabal the Detective (2010)

BANDES DESSINÉES

Hergé’s Adventures of Tintin

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  • Cigars of the Pharaoh
  • The Blue Lotus
  • The Broken Ear
  • King Ottokar’s Sceptre
  • The Crab with the Golden Claws
  • The Secret of the Unicorn / Red Rackham’s Treasure
  • The Seven Crystal Balls / Prisoners of the Sun
  • Destination: Moon / Explorers on the Moon
  • The Calculus Affair
  • Tintin in Tibet
  • The Castafiore Emerald

 

E.P. Jacobs’ Blake & Mortimer

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  • Le Mystère de la Grande Pyramide
  • La Marque jaune

FILM

Alfred Hitchcock

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  • The 39 Steps (1935)
  • Sabotage (1936)
  • Young and Innocent (1937)
  • The Lady Vanishes (1938)
  • Foreign Correspondent (1940)
  • Saboteur (1942)
  • Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
  • The Paradine Case (1947)
  • Rear Window (1954)
  • To Catch a Thief (1955)
  • The Trouble with Harry (1955)
  • The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
  • North by Northwest (1959)

 

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

Ministry of Fear (1944)

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Green for Danger (1946)

Monsieur Verdoux (1947)

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Stalag 17 (1953)

12 Angry Men (1956)

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

 

James Bond

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  • Dr. No (1962)
  • From Russia with Love (1963)
  • Goldfinger (1964)
  • You Only Live Twice (1967)
  • On Her Majesty’s Secret Service (1969)
  • Live and Let Die (1973)
  • The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  • Moonraker (1979)
  • For Your Eyes Only (1981)
  • Octopussy (1983)
  • GoldenEye (1995)

 

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The Wrong Box (1966)

Casino Royale (1967)

The Honey Pot (1967)

The Assassination Bureau (1969)

Sleuth (1972)

The Last of Sheila (1973)

Death on the Nile (1978)

Evil Under the Sun (1982)

Indiana Jones

  • Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  • Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)
  • Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Clue (1985)

Without a Clue (1988)

The Illusionist (2006)


TELEVISION

Danger Man

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  • Colony Three (1965)
  • The Ubiquitous Mr. Lovegrove (1965)

 

The Avengers

Steed and Mrs. Gale

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  • Mr. Teddy Bear (1962)
  • The Mauritius Penny (1962)
  • Death of a Great Dane (1962)
  • Intercrime (1963)
  • Brief for Murder (1963)
  • The Undertakers (1963)
  • The Nutshell (1963)
  • Don’t Look Behind You (1963)
  • Dressed to Kill (1963)
  • The Little Wonders (1964)
  • The Wringer (1964)
  • Mandrake (1964)
  • The Charmers (1964)
  • Esprit de Corps (1964)

Steed and Mrs. Peel

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  • The Cybernauts (1965)
  • Death at Bargain Prices (1965)
  • The Hour That Never Was (1965)
  • Too Many Christmas Trees (1965)
  • The Girl from AUNTIE (1966)
  • A Touch of Brimstone (1966)
  • What the Butler Saw (1966)
  • The House That Jack Built (1966)
  • Epic (1967)
  • The Joker (1967)

 

The Saint

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  • The Careful Terrorist (1962)
  • The Pearls of Peace (1962)
  • The Element of Doubt (1962)
  • The Saint Plays with Fire (1963)
  • The Wonderful War (1964)
  • The Man Who Liked Toys (1964)
  • Sibao (1965)
  • Locate and Destroy (1966)
  • Island of Chance (1967)

 

Adam Adamant Lives! (1966-67)

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The Prisoner (1967-68)

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Lord Peter Wimsey (1972-75)

Father Brown (1974)

Sherlock Holmes (1984-94)

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Miss Marple (1984-92)

Campion (1989-90)

Agatha Christie’s Poirot (1989-2013)

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COMPUTER GAMES

Laura Bow (Sierra On-line)

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The Last Express (Broderbund)

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Broken Sword

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