Man in the Iron Mask (Essay)

Man in the Iron Mask (Essay) by Alexandre Dumas

Man in the Iron Mask (Essay) by Alexandre Dumas

n the late 1600s a man was doubly-imprisoned: his body in an iron cell and his face in an iron mask. Who the “man in the iron mask” was, why he was imprisoned, and how he was treated during imprisonment, remains a mystery that has captivated historians for centuries. Before Dumas penned the final volume of his D’Artagnan Romances, “The Man in the Iron Mask,” he wrote that “everything connected with the masked prisoner arouses the most vivid curiosity.” This essay is a comprehensive summary of theories regarding the masked prisoner’s identity and history from the 1770s to Dumas’ time (1840s).

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The Great Taxicab Robbery

The Great Taxicab Robbery by James H. Collins

The Great Taxicab Robbery by James H. Collins

In 1912, $25,000 was stolen during a bank transfer in New York City in broad daylight. In what may appear astonishing in today’s world, the transfer occurred in a New York City taxicab. This factual account brings true crime of the early twentieth century to life. The various methods used by the detectives and police in their attempts to solve the mystery behind the robbery, and hopefully bring the thieves to justice, makes for great reading, particularly when one considers the fact that the accounts occurred over a century ago, and are quite authentic. Although the police now have higher technological advantages than was available over a century ago, the reader may find that many general techniques haven’t changed all that much over the years. The characters involved with this true caper prove ingenious on both sides.

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The Heath Hover Mystery

The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford

The Heath Hover Mystery by Bertram Mitford

A stranger appears in the middle of the night at Heath Hover while John Seward Mervyn is tending the modest location in a wooded area near a pond. Legends abound regarding Heath Hover; legends such as one’s inability to spend a full night at the Heath on certain nights of the year, and that the place was quite simply…. haunted. These were legends which Mervyn has set out to disprove. He would, however, soon find that these were but a few of the mysteries surrounding this peculiar locale. And what was beyond that cellar door that appeared to open by itself at the right (wrong) times? A trip to the other side of the world might just hold the answers to the Heath Hover mystery.

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The Clock Struck One

The Clock Struck One by Fergus Hume

The Clock Struck One by Fergus Hume

Fergus Hume was a prolific writer of Victorian murder mysteries and The Clock Struck One is another great example of his inventive plots. Julian Edermont living in near seclusion for the last 20 years fearful of an unknown assailant is beaten to death in his study following an argument with his ward’s fiance Dr. Allen Scott. The secret revealed to Allen during this argument is such that he breaks off his engagement to Dora refusing to reveal the cause. Since those around her seem unwilling to share what they know it is up to Dora to discover the truth and unmask the murderer of her guardian.

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The Severed Hand

The Severed Hand by Wilhelm Hauff

The Severed Hand by Wilhelm Hauff

The son of a Turkish perfumer heads to Paris where mystery and intrigue ensue.

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Eleven Possible Cases

Eleven Possible Cases by Franklin Fyles

Eleven Possible Cases by Franklin Fyles

Collection of eleven different crime and mystery cases

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The Million-Dollar Suitcase

The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan

The Million-Dollar Suitcase by Alice MacGowan

Private detective Jerry Boyne is hot on the heels of a bank teller who has just embezzled nearly a million dollars in a suitcase. Cornered in his seventh-story apartment, the thief seems to vanish into thin air. Boyne continues the chase, aided by Barbara Wallace, a young women with observational and deductive powers that put Sherlock Holmes to shame.

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The Red and the Black

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

The Red and the Black by Stendhal

Stendhal – a German pen-name for a French writer who hated the English. Contemporary to some of the great names of French literature like Balzac and Flaubert, Stendhal is quite often considered a writer that doesn’t seem to fit a defined genre. Some say he’s a Romantic, others that he’s a Modernist and that Le Rouge et Le Noir is the first modern novel. On one point they are all agreed: the novel is a masterpiece that shows a young theology student – Julien Sorel – intelligent, handsome and who is determined to rise above his humble peasant origins. Stendhal presents the reader with a satirical plot that will involve you in passions, intrigues, last-minute reversals and, mostly, the hypocrisy by which society operates.

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The Woman of Mystery

The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc

The Woman of Mystery by Maurice Leblanc

In 1898, a young boy watches in horror as his father is stabbed to death by a mysterious woman wearing a black lace scarf and an ornate brooch, Years later, when he arrives with his new bride at the chateau that was part of her dowry, he sees in a portrait the face of his father’s murderer, wearing the same black lace and brooch — his wife’s late mother. Then he himself is attacked by a man resembling that same woman. Torn between love and repulsion for his bride, and plagued by self doubt, he answers the call to arms as world war begins. And in that war lies the answer to questions that have tormented him since the night of the original murder

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The Secret of Casa Grande

The Secret of Casa Grande by Helen Randolph

The Secret of Casa Grande by Helen Randolph

While visiting their friend, Florence, at her home in Mexico, Jo Ann and Peggy noticed a barred window which has no opening into any of the rooms of an ancient adobe house. Curious to find out what it is, the girls tried to investigate but no one seems eager to help them. Undaunted, the girls made plans to get there only to encounter dangers and find a thrilling discovery.

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