Contributions dealing with true stories of crime and detection. The periodical included several series of monthly issues interspersed with more expensive standalone volumes dealing with a single crime.
According to the Sensational Tales - Australian Popular Publishing 1859-1990s exhibition, 'The first series of Famous Detective Stories was published in Sydney by Frank Johnson's Invincible Press between 1946 and 1954. The second series is undated, but presumably mid-1950s'. As many of these publications are undated; work is ongoing to determine which works constitute which series.