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Biggers, Earl Derr 1884-1933

Works: 499 works in 1,357 publications in 11 languages and 15,926 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Detective and mystery films  Drama  Detective and mystery fiction  Detective and mystery stories, American  Film adaptations  Novels  War films  Comedy films  Humorous fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator, Actor, Contributor, Author of screenplay, Lyricist, Librettist, Bibliographic antecedent
Classifications: PS3503.I54, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Earl Derr Biggers
The agony column by Earl Derr Biggers( )

45 editions published between 1916 and 2018 in 3 languages and held by 2,044 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

While traveling to London, a young American writer becomes smitten when he overhears a young lady say she is smitten when he overhears a young lady say she is addicted to reading the personal ads, known in London as the "agony columns."
The house without a key by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

34 editions published between 1925 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 614 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

John Quincy Winterslip, a young lawyer from Boston, travels to Hawaii to visit his wealthy uncle, Dan Winterslip. John had failed a request to retrieve and destroy a certain box from his uncle's house in San Francisco - but others are also eager to find it. He arrives in Hawaii and learns that his uncle has been murdered. When Charlie Chan offers to help solve the killing and the mysteries surrounding the box, the detective's main clue is a wristwatch with an obliterated number 2 ... whilst John, much interested in the chief suspect's daughter, assists Chan in solving the mystery
Seven keys to Baldpate by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

50 editions published between 1913 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 593 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A famous author comes to a summer mountain resort in the dead of winter, determined to find peace and quiet to write his next book. But before his first night is out, a steady stream of unexpected visitors begins to fill the and women with stories of love, loss, and flight...none of them telling the truth. Before the week is out, there will be gunfire, bribery, fights in the snow, and hidden truths unmasked. This book is a mystery that was later made into a play and several films
Charlie Chan carries on by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

42 editions published between 1930 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 503 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Chan conducts a round-the-world party to investigate a murder
The Chinese parrot by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

41 editions published between 1926 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 497 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The character of Charlie Chan was based in part on the experiences of two Chinese detectives, Chang Apana and Lee Fook, who Biggers had read about in a honolulu newspaper while on vation. Biggers wrote six Charlie Chan mysteries. The Chinese Parrot is the second book in the series. Sally Jordan is a Honolulu heiress who is forced to sell a valuable set of pears. The pearls are sold to Wall Street financier P.J. Madden through a local jewler named Alexander Eden. The plan is to deliver the pearls to Madden in New York City. Charlie Chan and the jewler's son Bob are selected to make the delivery. Charlie and Bob learn that there has been a change of plans and the pearls will now be taken to Madden's ranch in the California desert. Charlie is suspicious and decides to send Bob ahead to the ranch without the pearls while he arrives later disguised as a Chinese cook. After arriving at the ranch, Bob and Charlie find a very nervous P.J. Madden, a bilingual parrot and evidence of a possible murder. The only thing lacking is a corpse. Because of the odd circumstances at the ranch, Charlie decides it is wiser to solve the mystery of the suspected killing before handing over the pearls. Whiloe Charlie and Bob stall for time, Madden's caretaker Louie Wong is murdered and the parrot dies of arsenic poisoning
Behind that curtain by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

51 editions published between 1923 and 2017 in 7 languages and held by 495 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In San Francisco, former head of Scotland Yard Sir Frederic Bruce pursues the long-cold trail of a murderer. 16 years previously, a London solicitor had been killed. The only clue - the Chinese slippers he wore. At the same time there was another mystery: a series of women around the world had vanished - and all were linked to the disappearance of a woman in India, named Eve Durand. But then, at a dinner party attended by important guests, Inspector Bruce is killed - and he had been wearing a pair of Chinese slippers. Now it's left to Chan to solve the case
The black camel by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

31 editions published between 1929 and 2017 in 4 languages and held by 419 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In Hawaii the beautiful Hollywood actress, Shelah Fane, rents a house in Waikiki, but when she is found dead in the garden's pavilion, it sparks a murder investigation. It seems that this case is linked with another murder - three years before - of a Hollywood actor, and involves a psychic named Tarneverro. Chan, in his position as a detective with the Honolulu Police Department, untangles the deception, lies and mystery surrounding the case, hoping to find the murderer who brought the 'Black Camel of Death' to her door."--Publisher description
Love insurance by Earl Derr Biggers( )

30 editions published between 1914 and 2018 in English and Spanish and held by 413 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Working for an American branch of Lloyds' insurers, Owen Jephson is used to underwriting unusual things--weight loss in actors, inconvenient rain at garden parties, twins in the family--nonetheless he is taken aback when Lord Harrowby asks him to insure against his fiancée jilting him at the altar. Never one to turn down an interesting offer, Jephson agrees but swiftly dispatches Dick Minot to Florida to make sure that Lloyds' assets are protected and that Cynthia Meyrick makes it down the aisle. Unfortunately Minot promptly falls in love with Cynthia after accidentally meeting her on a train, and has to decide where his loyalties lie--should he sabotage or support the wedding, especially as it comes to light Lord Harrowby may not be all that he seems...? From then on, things go rapidly downhill as expensive necklaces go missing, long-lost brothers rear their heads and it is touch and go whether Lord Harrowby and Cynthia will eventually be joined in marriage or not..."
Charlie Chan, five complete novels by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

4 editions published in 1981 in English and held by 408 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chan, the imperturbably ingenious detective with impressive powers of deduction, solves five bizarre mysteries
Keeper of the keys; A Charlie Chan story by Earl Derr Biggers( Book )

45 editions published between 1932 and 2017 in 8 languages and held by 392 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chan of the Honolulu Police is in Lake Tahoe when the glamorous opera singer Ellen Landini is shot dead at the party he's attending. Sheriff Don Holt is relieved to have Chan's assistance. There are four suspects - Landini's widower and her former husbands - and a paucity of clues. However, Chan finds clues from a galley proof of Landini's forthcoming autobiography. And it appears that Ah Sing, an elderly, Chinese houseboy and 'Keeper of the Keys', is an important piece of the puzzle, although he is fiercely traditional and uncooperative. However, Chan's cultural knowledge works to his advantage in solving the case
Charlie Chan in London( Visual )

4 editions published in 2006 in English and held by 353 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"To investigate a young woman's claim that her brother has been framed for murder, Chan invites himself to a stately English manor, where guests gathering for a fox hunt unwittingly harbor the real killer!" -- Container
Charlie Chan in Egypt( Visual )

6 editions published between 2004 and 2018 in English and held by 346 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The famous detective grapples with supernatural forces, as well as a murder mystery in this classic, which also features a young Rita Hayworth"--Container
Charlie Chan in Paris( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 339 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Chan battles an entire conspiracy - filled with multiple murders - wherein the prime suspect appears to have committed crimes in three places at once!"--Container
Charlie Chan in Shanghai( Visual )

4 editions published between 2006 and 2011 in English and held by 333 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 'Charlie Chan in Shanghai' (1935) the Chinese government calls Chan to Shanghai to investigate a murder involving an opium ring. In 'Charlie Chan's Secret' (1936), when an ocean liner sinks, Allen Colby (Jerry Miley), heir to millions, is presumed dead
Charlie Chan in the Shanghai cobra( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 267 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chan faces off against an escaped con from Shanghai who's been killing his victims with cobra venom so he can rob a government vault of its valuable contents: highly toxic radium
Charlie Chan at the opera( Visual )

8 editions published between 2000 and 2006 in English and held by 264 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Charlie Chan investigates two murders on the opening night of an opera. The prime suspect is the husband of the star of the opera, himself a talented singer who recently escaped from the insane asylum where he had suffered from amnesia for years
Charlie Chan in The Chinese cat( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Someone is out to steal a wealth of diamonds hidden in a porcelain cat ... and covering their tracks with a murder. When a novel is written which accuses the wife of the victim of the murder, her daughter calls in Charlie Chan and his no. 3 son to unravel this harrowing mystery set in San Francisco
Charlie Chan in The secret service( Visual )

3 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 257 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Set during World War II, Chan becomes a secret service agent assigned to find the killer of an man who invented a way to protect ships from German U-boats
Charlie Chan at the circus by Harry Lachman( Visual )

11 editions published between 2000 and 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 254 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the esteemed detective takes his honorable wife and all twelve children on an outing to the circus, he soon discovers that the main attraction is a baffling case of murder. With the help of his eldest son, Chan investigates
Charlie Chan at the race track( Visual )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2018 in English and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Renowned detective Charlie Chan is off to the races in this exciting equestrian adventure about murder on the hoof! When a prominent racehorse owner winds up dead, allegedly kicked to death by his prized stallion, Charlie Chan is called in to investigate. But when the indomitable detective discovers evidence of foul play, he's soon hot on the hooves of an international gambling ring with an evil plot
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The Chinese parrot
The house without a keySeven keys to BaldpateCharlie Chan carries onThe Chinese parrotBehind that curtainThe black camelLove insuranceKeeper of the keys; A Charlie Chan story
Alternative Names

controlled identityChan, Charlie (Fictitious character)

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English (411)

Italian (10)

German (6)

French (6)

Chinese (6)

Spanish (6)

Swedish (2)

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Dutch (2)

Finnish (1)

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