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Buying New Books From The Book Depository Through This Site

"'In the meantime,' continued Mr. Larkin, 'how would you like to sell some books? 'That's always fun.
You'd be surprised at the great quantity of odd people who read books. Some even buy them. I wonder why?'"

--Rain in the Doorway,
Thorne Smith

Matters Criminous and The Book Depository

There are many places on the internet that sell books, but if you run any reasonable number of random samples through a price-comparison service, you will reliably find that for new books The Book Depository is highly competitive—often the lowest price. Moreover, The Book Depository always offers free delivery, to almost anywhere in the world (over 100 countries), with every order. You don\'t have to pad your order with books you might not really want just to meet some price quota to get free shipping: with The Book Depository, each and every book costs you exactly the price you see, delivered.

The Book Depository, founded in 2004, is already the fastest growing bookseller in Europe, shipping to thousands of customers every day throughout the world. They have over a million customers and a reputation for extremely high service levels. A large percentage of their customers are very loyal, placing orders time and again. The Book Depository focuses on selling "less of more" rather than "more of less"—that is, they differentiate themselves from other retailers who increasingly focus on bestsellers. The Book Depository currently has over six million unique titles they can ship within 48 hours, a figure that increases every day. They even list and supply books from other retailers, to assure thoroughness.

Speaking of thoroughness: of the roughly 30 million titles ever printed in the English language, only a few million are still in print. The Book Depository seeks to make available as many of these titles as possible, so as to have the largest breadth of available titles in the world. In fact, where books are no longer in print—or are only poorly available—The Book Depository is working to make them available again by republishing them through their own "Dodo Press" imprint (which already has re-published over fifteen thousand out-of-print or hard-to-find titles), making those titles available again to readers. In fact, most Dodo Press titles are available from The Book Depository as free downloads.

This site is an "affiliate" of The Book Depository. Every new (as opposed to used) book linked from here takes you to its page on The Book Depository, from which you can read more about it and, if you choose, buy it (at—of course—the same price you'd get by going there on your own).

While we make it easy for you to locate books on crime, detectives, and mystery, you are not limited to such books. After all, The Book Depository sells pretty much every single title actually in print. If you want to try just a "simple" search at The Book Depository, you can do that right here. Enter any of one or more keywords, a full or partial book title, an author name, or an ISBN (or a mix of those):

Or, if you want to do a slightly more complex "advanced" search at The Book Depository, you can go direct to The Book Depository's search page (which will open in a new browser window or tab).

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(essential one-time reading)
Introductory Material:
    Literate Mystery Series:
 a brief list of the series discussed here

(the heart of the site)
The Series (alphabetical by character last name):
    Roderick Alleyn
 (Ngaio Marsh)
    Father Brown
 (G. K. Chesterton)
    Mr. Campion
 (Margery Allingham)
    Adam Dalgliesh
 (P. D. James)
    Gervase Fen
 (Edmund Crispin)
    Sherlock Holmes
 (Conan Doyle)
    Inspector Maigret
 (Georges Simenon)
    Philip Marlowe
 (Raymond Chandler)
    The Continental Op
 (Dashiell Hammett)
    Solar Pons
 (August Derleth)
    The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency (Precious Ramotswe)
 (Alexander McCall Smith)
    The Saint (Simon Templar)
 (Leslie Charteris)
    Lord Peter Wimsey
 (Dorothy Sayers)
    Nero Wolfe
 (Rex Stout)
    Yellowthread Street
 (William Marshall)

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About Buying Books From Here:
    Buying Books New:
 searching for new books via The Book Depository
    Buying Books Used:
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