How to read the Arsène Lupin books in order

If you enjoyed the hit Netflix show, why not read the Arsène Lupin books series?

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If you’ve already finished Netflix’s Lupin, never fear—the Arsène Lupin books have plenty of mystery to keep you occupied while you wait for the Lupin part 2 release date.

Fans of the French-language Netflix show might have to hold on a little longer to see what becomes of professional thief Assane Diop. But if you’re eager for more, then you might be even more intrigued by the novels that the hit series is based on. 

Just like many brilliant shows like Bridgerton, Lupin takes its inspiration from a popular book series. French writer Maurice Leblanc wrote a number of Arsène Lupin books and short stories following the exploits of the original gentleman thief.

Although many of the earlier works are available in English editions, some of the later ones can only be found in the original French.

But whether you’re looking to immerse yourself in Leblanc’s Lupin books, or even just brush up on your language skills by reading some pretty exciting stories in français, there’s plenty of drama and scheming to enjoy.

The Arsène Lupin books in English

1. Arsène Lupin, Gentleman Burglar

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In the first of the Arsène Lupin books by Maurice Leblanc, readers are introduced to the gentlemen thief and master of disguise. The character was first unveiled in a series of short stories serialized in the magazine Je sais tout

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2. Arsène Lupin vs. Herlock Sholmes

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Focusing on a battle of wits between the nimblest French thief and the shrewdest British detective, gentleman thief Arsène Lupin finds himself pitted against aging detective Herlock Sholmes.

Originally titled, Arsène Lupin vs. Sherlock Holmes, the name was changed after complaints from Sherlock Holmes author, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.

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3. The Hollow Needle 

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This famous novel sees Arsène Lupin looking into The Mystery of the Hollow Needle. After all, the needle hides a secret that the Kings of France have been handing down since the time of Julius Caesar—the most fabulous treasure you could ever imagine. 

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4. Arsène Lupin in 813

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After being accused of murder, Arsène Lupin heads the police investigation, intending to clear himself by finding the true killer.

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5. The Crystal Stopper

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Arsène Lupin could have finally met his match in Deputy Daubrecq, a cunning detective who foils Lupin's most cunning robberies and thefts. Can the world's greatest thief get his act together? 

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6. The Confessions of Arsène Lupin

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This thrilling book consists of ten adventures of the famous character, Arsène Lupin.

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7. The Teeth of the Tiger

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When wealthy Cosmo Mornington dies, he stipulates in his will that if no heirs can be found after three months, one hundred million francs will go to his executor and friend Don Luis Perenna—except that Perenna is none other than master thief Arsène Lupin.

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8. The Golden Triangle: The Return of Arsène Lupin 

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Captain Belval, learning of a threat to his beloved nurse, rescues her from her would-be assailants, only to find himself involved in a plot involving her husband and millions of francs worth of gold. As layer upon layer of conspiracy emerges, there's only one man who can be counted on to uncover the truth. 

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9. Arsène Lupin: The Island of the Thirty Coffins

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Arsène Lupin is summoned back to France by one of his friends and travels to the accursed island of Sarek off the coat of Brittany in order to save the beautiful Veronique d'Hergemont from the clutches of the murderous Vorski.

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10. The Eight Strokes of the Clock

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Featured here as part of a wider collection of Arsène Lupin stories, The Eight Strokes of the Clock is an ultimate mystery to be unraveled.  

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11. The Secret Tomb

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The Secret Tomb is similarly part of a wider collection here, where the exploits of Arsène Lupin are sure to keep readers on the edge of their seats. 

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12. Arsène Lupin vs. Countess Cagliostro

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Lupin is pitted against the beautiful but deadly Countess Cagliostro, in an attempt to find the treasure of the Candlestick with Seven Branches. 

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13. The Melamare Mystery

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Arsène Lupin, under the pseudonym Jean d'Enneris, is hired by jewel magnate Van Houben after actress Régine Aubry is kidnapped and a diamond is stolen. 

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Arsène Lupin books—original French Editions 

And the story doesn't end there! If you fancy delving into some more Lupin books, then why not give one of these French editions a go?

Will you be reading the Arsène Lupin books before the release of Lupin Part 2?