The Poisoned Pen

Read by Elliott Miller

(4.6 stars; 156 reviews)

The many adventures of Professor Craig Kennedy were chronicled by Arthur B. Reeve (October 15, 1880 - August 9, 1936). Reeve was an American mystery writer who created 82 Craig Kennedy mystery stories. The stories have a very Sherlock Holmes type feel, In fact Kennedy has been referred to as the "American Sherlock Holmes". Along with his reporter friend, Walter Jameson, Kennedy solves many crimes and unveils mysteries using science.

This book contains twelve of Professor Kennedy's adventures. The interesting thing about these stories is Kennedy uses newly discovered science from his time period, which we take for granted today. The title story features the use of special inks. One which disappears in sunlight and one which appears in sunlight, so that the text on a note found in possession of a murder victim changes completely, making it almost impossible for Kennedy to track down the killer. Each story features a fascinating look at life in the early 20th century, and even includes some action along the way. (Introduction by Elliott Miller) (10 hr 16 min)


01 - The Poisoned Pen 46:19 Read by Elliott Miller
02 - The Yeggman 46:19 Read by Elliott Miller
03 - The Germ of Death 49:03 Read by Elliott Miller
04 - The Firebug 45:52 Read by Elliott Miller
05 - The Confidence King 48:52 Read by Elliott Miller
06 - The Sand-Hog 47:02 Read by Elliott Miller
07 - The White Slave 59:07 Read by Elliott Miller
08 - The Forger 47:17 Read by Elliott Miller
09 - The Unofficial Spy 57:19 Read by Elliott Miller
10 - The Smuggler 49:42 Read by Elliott Miller
11 - The Invisible Ray 57:19 Read by Elliott Miller
12 - The Campaign Grafter 1:02:21 Read by Elliott Miller


loved the plots, characters and narration 👍

(4 stars)

Narrator used differing timbres & accents making it more like an old radio show & helped distinguish cast members. Well done! Each chapter is a different story. Recommended for classic mystery readers.

Great Stories

(5 stars)

Great stories and I love the gadgets Kennedy comes up with. Great reading and stories. Thanks Enjoy!

Fascinating stories well read

(5 stars)

Phone taps and 'photoshop' - are just some of the scientific achievements "previewed" in these stories. I just loved them!

Great stories

(5 stars)

First, the narrator is terrific. The different voices and the way he read, just excellent. I really enjoyed the short Mysteries. They were intelligent, well written and to the point. A really fun book to listen to.


(5 stars)

What a great group of stories. Sherlock would definitely enjoyed, and even Hercule would have admired these little gray cells. The reader was super.

Early Science for Crime Detection Interesting

(5 stars)

I found the characters and the narration in these stories quite enjoyable. Elliot the narrator did a wonderful job with each of the voices in his feel for the characters and the story. the solutions to each of the crimes Mysteries was increased through the scientific discoveries of the time in the place. these were fun interesting and kept my attention throughout.

An entirely entertaining collection of stories

(4.5 stars)

Oh this are delightful! The stories all feature wonderful inventions many of which are well ahead of their time. Including a fax machine which works off pencils and a form of magnetic tape recorder. The stories are fun, with some good mysteries and twists and a simple moral to them all. Fun, wholesome listening. The reader does a great job too.

Good short stories, well read.

(4.5 stars)

I enjoyed the listening experience provided by a talented reader. The stories were interesting though not deep, perfect for light distraction or while doing mundane activity. My only disappointment was that the summary provided gives the main plot point, the answer to the puzzle away. I hope that will be remedied for other listeners.