Earl Derr Biggers Books in Order

The Earl Derr Biggers books have become so popular over the years that generation after generation, people keep going back to them.

If you're just starting with it and want a reading list, you're in luck. Here we list out all the Earl Derr Biggers books in order; keeping in mind various factors like the publication year, reviews, its popularity among readers, etc.

It’s always a good idea to read such book titles in sequence so that you don't miss out on the story plot and its discussions in the book clubs.

Publication Order of Charlie Chan Books

The House Without a Key

Biggers, Earl Derr 1925
Book annotation not available for this title.Title: The House Without a KeyAuthor: Biggers, Earl DerrPublisher: Academy Chicago PubPublication Date: 2008/10/01Number of Pages: 286Binding Type: PAPERBACKLibrary of Congress: 2008037926 Read More

The Chinese Parrot

Biggers, Earl Derr 1926
Master detective Charlie Chan works patiently to find the key to a murder seemingly without victims, but witnessed by an Australian parrot with a penchant for languages who has heard too much for its own good Read More

Behind That Curtain

Biggers, Earl Derr 1928
Charlie Chan investigates the murder of Scotland Yard detective Sir Frederic Bruce, and finds it is linked to a sixteen-year-old unsolved murder case and a missing pair of velvet slippers embellished with curious Chinese characters Read More

The Black Camel

Biggers, Earl Derr 1929
After the body of screen star Shelah Fane is found brutally stabbed to death on Waikiki Beach, Charlie Chan follows a twisted path through a tangled web of alibis, false clues, and bizarre characters to the truth behind the mysterious case Read More

Charlie Chan Carries On

Biggers, Earl Derr 1930
The inimitable Charle Chan of the Honolulu Police follows a trail of murder that leads from the London slaying of a Detroit automobile tycoon, to the French Riviera, Calcutta, San Remo, Yokohama, and Hawaii Read More

Keeper of the Keys

Biggers, Earl Derr 1932
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Charlie Chan in the Temple of the Golden Horde

Collins, Michael 1974
The rarest of scrolls from the days of Ghengis Khan, shadowy villains, and an ancient organization with ties to modern organized crime are just the start. For this case will take Charlie Chan across the Pacific in search of answers . . . and to the edges of the human psyche! Read More

Publication Order of Charlie Chan Collections


Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Seven Keys to Baldpate

Biggers, Earl Derr 1913

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 hotel...men 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. "Seven Keys to Baldpate" is a mystery that will leave you guessing to the end. Earl Derr Biggers penned "Seven Keys to Baldpate" long before he created his most famous character, Chinese detective Charlie Chan, yet in its day it was a popular best-seller and became the source for no less than seven films.

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Love Insurance

Biggers, Earl Derr 1914

The son of Robert J. and Emma E. (Derr) Biggers, Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1907. He worked as a journalist for The Plain Dealer before turning to fiction. Many of his plays and novels were made into movies.

He was posthumously inducted into the Warren City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. His novel Seven Keys to Baldpate was popular in 1913, and George M. Cohan quickly adapted the novel as a hit Broadway stage play of the same name. Cohan starred in the 1917 film version, one of seven film versions of the play, and a 1935 revival.

The novel was also adapted into two films with different titles, House of the Long Shadows and Haunted Honeymoon, but they had essentially equivalent plots. More than 10 years after Baldpate, Derr Biggers had even greater success with his series of Charlie Chan detective novels.

The popularity of Charlie Chan extended even to China, where audiences in Shanghai appreciated the Hollywood films. Chinese companies made films starring this fictional character.Derr Biggers publicly acknowledged the real-life detective Chang Apana as the inspiration for the character of Charlie Chan in his letter to the Honolulu Advertiser of June 28, 1932.

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Inside the Lines

Biggers, Earl Derr 1915

“I HAD two trunks—two, où est l’autre?” The grinning customs guard lifted his shoulders to his ears and spread out his palms. “Mais, mamselle—” “Don’t you ‘mais’ me, sir! I had two trunks—deux troncs—when I got aboard that wabbly old boat at Dover this morning, and I’m not going to budge from this wharf until I find the other one.

Where did you learn your French, anyway? Can’t you understand when I speak your language?” The girl plumped herself down on top of the unhasped trunk and folded her arms truculently. With a quizzical smile, the customs guard looked down into her brown eyes, smoldering dangerously now, and began all over again his speech of explanation.

“Wagon-lit?” She caught a familiar word. “Mais oui; that’s where I want to go—aboard yourwagon-lit, for Paris. Voilà!”—the girl carefully gave the word three syllables—“mon ticket pour Paree!” She opened her patent- leather reticule, rummaged furiously therein, brought out a handkerchief, a tiny mirror, a packet of rice papers, and at last a folded and punched ticket.

This she displayed with a triumphant flourish. “Voilà! II dit ‘Miss Jane Gerson’; that’s me—moi-même, I mean. And il dit ‘deux troncs’; now you can’t go behind that, can you? Where is that other trunk?” A whistle shrilled back beyond the swinging doors of the station.

Folk in the customs shed began a hasty gathering together of parcels and shawl straps, and a general exodus toward the train sheds commenced. The girl on the trunk looked appealingly about her; nothing but bustle and confusion; no Samaritan to turn aside and rescue a fair traveler fallen among customs guards.

Her eyes filled with trouble, and for an instant her reliant mouth broke its line of determination; the lower lip quivered suspiciously. Even the guard started to walk away. “Oh, oh, please don’t go!” Jane Gerson was on her feet, and her hands shot out in an impulsive appeal.

“Oh, dear; maybe I forgot to tip you. Here, attende au secours, if you’ll only find that other trunk before the train—”

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The Agony Column

Biggers, Earl Derr 1916
Classic mystery from the creator of Charlie Chan! An American visiting London makes the mistake of checking the personals column...the 'agony column'...and finds himself mixed up in murder! Read More

The Ebony Stick

Biggers, Earl Derr 1916

This early work by Earl Derr Biggers was originally published in 1916 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. "The Ebony Stick" is one of Biggers shorter stories, published after his death. Earl Derr Biggers was born on 26th August 1884 in Warren, Ohio, USA.

Biggers received his further education at Harvard University, where he developed a reputation as a literary rebel, preferring the popular modern authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis to the established figures of classical literature.

While on holiday in Hawaii, Biggers heard tales of a real-life Chinese detective operating in Honolulu, named Chang Apana. This inspired him to create his most enduring legacy in the character of super-sleuth Charlie Chan. The first Chan story "The House Without a Key" (1925) was published as a serialised story in the Saturday Evening Post and then released as a novel in the same year.

Biggers went on to write five more Chan novels and all were licensed for movie adaptations by Fox Films. These films were hugely popular with several different actors taking the lead role of Chan. They were even a success in China where the appeal of a character from the country being the hero instead of the villain appealed to film-goers.

Eventually; over 40 films were produced featuring the character. Biggers only saw the early on-screen successes of Charlie Chan due to his death at the age of only 48 from a heart attack in April 1933.

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Fifty Candles

Biggers, Earl Derr 1926

The son of Robert J. and Emma E. (Derr) Biggers, Earl Derr Biggers was born in Warren, Ohio, and graduated from Harvard University in 1907. He worked as a journalist for The Plain Dealer before turning to fiction. Many of his plays and novels were made into movies.

He was posthumously inducted into the Warren City Schools Distinguished Alumni Hall of Fame. His novel Seven Keys to Baldpate was popular in 1913, and George M. Cohan quickly adapted the novel as a hit Broadway stage play of the same name. Cohan starred in the 1917 film version, one of seven film versions of the play, and a 1935 revival.

The novel was also adapted into two films with different titles, House of the Long Shadows and Haunted Honeymoon, but they had essentially equivalent plots. More than 10 years after Baldpate, Derr Biggers had even greater success with his series of Charlie Chan detective novels.

The popularity of Charlie Chan extended even to China, where audiences in Shanghai appreciated the Hollywood films. Chinese companies made films starring this fictional character.Derr Biggers publicly acknowledged the real-life detective Chang Apana as the inspiration for the character of Charlie Chan in his letter to the Honolulu Advertiser of June 28, 1932.

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Publication Order of Short Story Collections

Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories

Biggers, Earl Derr 1933

This early work by Earl Derr Biggers was originally published in 1933 and we are now republishing it with a brand new introductory biography. "Earl Derr Biggers Tells Ten Stories" is a collection of short stories, published after his death. Earl Derr Biggers was born on 26th August 1884 in Warren, Ohio, USA.

Biggers received his further education at Harvard University, where he developed a reputation as a literary rebel, preferring the popular modern authors, such as Rudyard Kipling and Richard Harding Davis to the established figures of classical literature.

While on holiday in Hawaii, Biggers heard tales of a real-life Chinese detective operating in Honolulu, named Chang Apana. This inspired him to create his most enduring legacy in the character of super-sleuth Charlie Chan. The first Chan story "The House Without a Key" (1925) was published as a serialised story in the Saturday Evening Post and then released as a novel in the same year.

Biggers went on to write five more Chan novels and all were licensed for movie adaptations by Fox Films. These films were hugely popular with several different actors taking the lead role of Chan. They were even a success in China where the appeal of a character from the country being the hero instead of the villain appealed to film-goers.

Eventually; over 40 films were produced featuring the character. Biggers only saw the early on-screen successes of Charlie Chan due to his death at the age of only 48 from a heart attack in April 1933.

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