The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

The Mysterious Key and What it Opened

Louisa May Alcott

A fatal legacy and buried secret haunt the widow and daughter of a rich man who died after a visit from a mysterious stranger. What horrid news did the stranger impart to cause the man’s sudden death? And does the young boy who miraculously appears and befriends the family know anything about it? Is his obvious devotion to the widow and young mistress as pure as it seems?

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Armadale

Armadale

Wilkie Collins

Armadale first appeared as a serialisation in the Cornhill Magazine, issued in twenty monthly instalments from November 1864 to June 1866. It tells the story of two distant cousins both named Allan Armadale; the father of one has murdered the father of the other (the two fathers are also named Allan Armadale). The story starts with a deathbed confession by the murderer in the form of a letter which is to be…

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The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab

Fergus Hume

The Mystery of a Hansom Cab is a mystery fiction novel by Australian writer Fergus Hume. The book takes place in Melbourne, Australia and involves an investigation into a homicide, after a corpse is discovered in the evening, in a hansom cab. Vintage Mystery and Detective Stories characterized the book as “the best-selling detective novel of the nineteenth century”.

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The Inquisitor

The Inquisitor

Hugh Walpole

From the Preface: ‘The Inquisitor is the fourth of a series of stories about a cathedral town that I have called Polchester….There are in the course of them murders, suicides, abductions, riots—not that I would have Polchester supposed to be a town of violence, far otherwise, but there have been in its history, as in the history of all towns, moments of drama, even of melodrama.’

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The Island of Sheep

The Island of Sheep

John Buchan

In this, his final adventure, Buchan’s hero Richard Hannay becomes embroiled in one of the most hazardous escapades of his life. Two men are honour bound to help the tormented Valdemar Haraldsen, and a third decides to mastermind the whole affair out of a sheer love of adventure and a dislike of villains. A long-forgotten promise made by Richard Hannay finds him honor-bound to resolve a violent vendetta in which the lives of…

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The Three Hostages

The Three Hostages

John Buchan

The Three Hostages is the fourth of five Richard Hannay novels by Scottish author John Buchan. England is at peace after the end of World War I. Spy-catcher, Richard Hannay, is enjoying the country life at Fosse Manor. However, Hannay’s peace is shattered when a dangerous criminal gang kidnap three children of important national figures. The deadline for searching for the hostages is midsummer. Hannay joins forces…

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Mr. Standfast

Mr. Standfast

John Buchan

Mr Standfast is the third of five Richard Hannay novels by John Buchan. It is one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War, the other being Greenmantle. The title refers to a character in John Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, to which there are many other references in the novel. Set in the later years of World War I, Brigadier-General Hannay is recalled from active service on the Western Front to undertake a secret mission…

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Greenmantle

Greenmantle

John Buchan

Greenmantle is the second of five novels by John Buchan featuring the character of Richard Hannay, and one of two Hannay novels set during the First World War. Hannay is called in to investigate rumours of an uprising in the Muslim world, and undertakes a perilous journey through enemy territory to meet his friend Sandy in Constantinople. Once there, he and his friends must thwart the Germans’ plans to use religion to help them win the war.

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The Thirty-Nine Steps

The Thirty-Nine Steps

John Buchan

The first book in the Richard Hannay series by John Buchan. Richard Hannay finds a corpse in his flat, and becomes involved in a plot by spies to precipitate war and subvert British naval power. The resourceful victim of a manhunt, he is pursued by both the police and the ruthless conspirators. The Thirty-Nine Steps is a seminal ‘chase’ thriller, rapid and vivid. It has been widely influential and frequently dramatised: the…

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The Wisdom of Father Brown

The Wisdom of Father Brown

G. K. Chesterton

The Wisdom Of Father Brown is a collection of twelve stories starring the priest Father Brown, and his friend Inspector Flambeau. Stories include; The Absence Of Mr Glass; The Paradise Of Thieves; The Duel Of Dr Hirsch; The Man In The Passage; The Mistake Of The Machine; The Head Of Caesar; The Purple Wig; The Perishing Of The Pendragons; The God Of The Gongs; The Salad Of Colonel Cray; The Strange Crime Of John Boulnois; and…

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