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The Vicar of Tours

The Vicar of Tours by Honoré de Balzac

The Vicar of Tours by Honoré de Balzac

Over twenty years before Anthony Trollope wrote The Warden, in which the gentle but unfortunate Rev. Septimus Harding becomes the prey of an investigative journalist, in 1831 Balzac published his Vicar of Tours. There too, a mild-mannered priest becomes the prey of powerful enemies, ecclesiastical, social and political. Abbé Birotteau is no intellectual giant, but he does try to get along with others honestly, and suffers when they take advantage of his shortcomings.

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The Spy in the Elevator

The Spy in the Elevator by Donald Westlake

The Spy in the Elevator by Donald Westlake

A short story science fiction book.

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Mont Oriol

Mont Oriol by Guy de Maupassant

Mont Oriol by Guy de Maupassant

Young bride Christiane arrives in Auvergne to “take the waters” with her husband, described as “a sickly flower, or a sucking pig with its hair shaved off.” But rather than the relaxing family vacation she expects, she finds herself the center of a conspiracy between her father, the Marquis, and the “fossil” medical team in an effort to solve the problem of a lack of heir. Suddenly the discovery of a new spa throws the resort into disarray and brings a lowly family to prominence. Romantic intrigue, financial speculation, satire in the medical profession, a social commentary on the status of women, are all delivered in de Maupassant’s picturesque prose.

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Stories From the Adirondacks

Stories From the Adirondacks by Albert A. Young

Stories From the Adirondacks by Albert A. Young

A collection of five stories all of which take place in the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York, and most which contain elements of some mystery hidden deep within the forests.

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Castles in the Air

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Castles in the Air by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

Castles in the Air, a short novel or perhaps more like a collection of short stories with memories of a French rogue in the early 19th century Paris, and about it I quote from the foreword: In very truth my good friend Ratichon is an unblushing liar, thief, a forger–anything you will; his vanity is past belief, his scruples are non-existent. How he escaped a convict settlement it is difficult to imagine, and hard to realize that he died–presumably some years after the event recorded in the last chapter of his autobiography–a respected member of the community, honored by that same society which should have raised a punitive hand against him.

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The Mysteries of Marseilles

The Mysteries of Marseilles by Emile Zola

The Mysteries of Marseilles by Emile Zola

The elopement of Philippe Cayol, an aspiring liberal, poor and untitled with Blanche De Cazalis, niece of a powerful millionaire and politician sets the stage in this novel full of twists and turns with villains a plenty. Philippe’s brother Marius strives to protect the two lovers from the De Cazalis’ uncontrolled fury. Although written in his youth Zola’s signature style, his indignation about injustice and his vivid characterization of the noble, the wealthy and common man is very evident in this non stop adventure.

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Sabotage in Space

Sabotage in Space by Carey Rockwell

Sabotage in Space by Carey Rockwell

This book is part of the on-going adventures of Tom Corbett in the Space Cadet Stories. Tom, Astro and Roger are determined to find the saboteurs but get framed in the process, risking court martial and expulsion from the Space Academy.

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The Elixir of Life

The Elixir of Life by Honoré de Balzac

The Elixir of Life by Honoré de Balzac

Grand Duke Bartolommeo Belvidero is ninty years old and living in the princely palace at Ferrara, Italy, with the young and handsome Don Juan Belvidero, the son of his old age. Don Juan occupies the lively rooms of the palace and fills it with lovely women resplendent in gems and luxurious fabrics, fine foods, and wines. Bartolommeo has lived quietly and spartanly for many years while indulging Don Juan, and now it is only for Bartolommeo to die so Don Juan will have his fortune.

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Curious, if True

Curious, if True by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

Curious, if True by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

CURIOUS, IF TRUE: Strange Tales is a collection of five dark Victorian tales of suspense, horror, mood and mystery by Elizabeth Gaskell. Includes “The Old Nurse’s Story,” “The Poor Clare,” “Lois The Witch,” “The Grey Woman,” and “Curious, If True.”

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Graveyard of Dreams

Graveyard of Dreams by H. Beam Piper

Graveyard of Dreams by H. Beam Piper

Despite Mr. Shakespeare, wealth and name are both dross compared with the theft of hope– and Maxwell had to rob a whole planet of it.

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