Our master detective on this week's Classic Mysteries podcast isn't really a detective - he's a thief. Meet Arsene Lupin, the world's greatest thief (and a character dearly beloved for more than a century now in his native France), and the mystery is "813," by Maurice LeBlanc. You can listen to the full review here.
In "813," Lupin is suspected by police of a brutal murder - a crime he has never committed in his career. He finds that the only way to clear his name is to take over the investigation from the police and find the killer himself. But the murder quickly becomes a series of crimes, and the motivation behind the events of the novel threatens the foundations and royal houses of Europe, as they existed in 1910, when the story was written.
And one thing you should consider, as you begin reading the book: what is its title? "813" are digits. How would you read the title? "Eight hundred thirteen"? "Eight-thirteen"? "Eight one three"? There's a reason the title is presented that way - but you will have to read the story to find out. You may also find out why Lupin has been - and, we are told, remains - so enormously popular at home in France.