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Hooded Detective – Volume 3, No. 2

Hooded Detective - Volume 3, No. 2

Hooded Detective – Volume 3, No. 2

Evil lurks in the hearts and minds of men and many nefarious schemes are hatched by these gangsters, mob bosses and super villains. But thankfully, equally brave, talented detectives (some of them hooded) are there to track them down and thwart their twisted plans. These six stories, along with two “true fact detective shorts” were in the magazine Hooded Detective, January 1942. Are they well written? well, no, but they are fun. Here are a few of the blurbs: “They had expected spaghetti with meat sauce for dinner, but were served instead, hot lead, with a little bit of blood on the side….” (A Dinner Date with Murder) “Wilson Lamb cuddled his automatic to play “Mr. Death” and fingered little Louis Engel for coffin cargo. But when he pulled the trigger, Whisper the gun-cobra from Chi spilled out of Doom’s deck..” (Candidate for a Coffin). How can you top that last sentence?

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Lanagan

Lanagan by Edward Hurlbut

Lanagan by Edward Hurlbut

jack Lanagan is a police reporter for a daily newspaper in San Francisco, who has the confidence of the chief of police and access to all sorts of levels of city life

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The Mysteries of Paris – Volume 6

The Mysteries of Paris - Volume 6 by Eugene Sue

The Mysteries of Paris – Volume 6 by Eugene Sue

Rodolphe, who is really the Grand Duke of Gerolstein (a fictional kingdom of Germany) but is disguised as a Parisian worker. He can speak in argot, is extremely strong and a good fighter. However he shows great compassion for the lower classes, good judgment, and has a brilliant mind. He is at ease in all layers of society and so is able to understand their problems, and how the different social classes are linked. Summary by wikipedia

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Three Weeks

Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn

Three Weeks by Elinor Glyn

Paul Verdayne, wealthy English nobleman in his early twenties is caught embracing the parson’s daughter. His parents decide to send him away to France and then Switzerland. In Switzerland, he sees a woman referred to only as “the Lady”. The Lady is older, in her thirties. After several days of exchanging lustful glances, they actually meet. She invites him to her apartment where they share a sexual relationship for three weeks. Eventually, Paul learns that the Lady is actually the queen of a Russian dependency and that her husband, the king, is abusive towards her. She disappears after the titular three weeks and Paul is upset and returns to England. Paul later finds out that the Lady has given birth to their son. With his father’s assistance, he finds out the Lady’s identity; however, before they can meet again, she is murdered by her husband. Paul is upset and spends the next five years wandering around from country to country until he decides to make preparations to meet his son. (Wikipedia)

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The Mill Mystery

The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

The Mill Mystery by Anna Katharine Green

In the quiet New England village of S–, a young and beloved minister is found dead, ignominiously drowned in a dye vat in a dilapidated mill. Almost immediately, rumors of suicide begin to circulate. But was it suicide? How could a devout man of the cloth come to believe life was hopeless? The young woman to whom he was secretly engaged is adamant that it could not be. When this young woman tragically dies on the same day as her lover, it is left to her roommate Constance Sterling, a young woman without family or prospects, to determine the truth.

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Mystery at Geneva

Mystery at Geneva by Dame Rose Macaulay

Mystery at Geneva by Dame Rose Macaulay

Henry Beechtree, a newspaper correspondent for the British Bolshevist, is covering the latest otherwise sleepy session of the League of Nations in Geneva, when the newly elected President – a member of the Norwegian delegation – disappears mysteriously, adding some badly needed ‘spice’ to Henry’s assignment.

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A Double Barrelled Detective Story

A Double Barrelled Detective Story by Mark Twain

A Double Barrelled Detective Story by Mark Twain

A Double Barrelled Detective Story is a novel by Mark Twain, in which Sherlock Holmes finds himself in the American west.

At a mining camp in California, Fetlock Jones, a nephew of Sherlock Holmes, kills his master, a silver-miner, by blowing up his cabin. Since this occurs when Holmes happens to be visiting, he brings his skills to bear upon the case and arrives at logically worked conclusions that are proved to be abysmally wrong by an amateur detective with an extremely keen sense of smell, which he employs in solving the case. This could be seen as yet another piece where Twain tries to prove that life does not quite follow logic.

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No Name

No Name by Wilkie Collins

No Name by Wilkie Collins

The story begins in 1846, at Combe-Raven in West Somersetshire, the country residence of the happy Vanstone family. When Andrew Vanstone is killed suddenly in an accident and his wife follows shortly thereafter, it is revealed that they were not married at the time of their daughters’ births, making their daughters “Nobody’s Children” in the eyes of English law and robbing them of their inheritance. Andrew Vanstone’s elder brother Michael gleefully takes possession of his brother’s fortune, leaving his nieces to make their own way in the world. Norah, the elder sister, accepts her misfortune gracefully, but the headstrong Magdalen is determined to have her revenge. Using her dramatic talent and assisted by wily swindler Captain Wragge, Magdalen plots to regain her rightful inheritance.

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The Stolen White Elephant

The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain

The Stolen White Elephant by Mark Twain

In this Mark Twain short story an Indian elephant, en route from India to Britain as a gift to Queen, disappears in New Jersey. The local police department goes into high gear to solve the mystery but it all comes to a tragic end.

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The Return of Sherlock Holmes

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Having left Sherlock Holmes apparently deceased at the conclusion of The Final Problem (in The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes), we now find that he is alive after all!

In this collection, the great detective causes Watson to faint (The Empty House), demonstrates that cryptography is elementary (The Dancing Men), and gets engaged (Charles Augustus Milverton). Join in the fun as Holmes deduces his way through these thirteen adventures.

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