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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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The Purple Flame

The Purple Flame by Roy J. Snell

The Purple Flame by Roy J. Snell

Two years after the conclusion of “The Blue Envelope”, Marian is crossing the frozen Alaskan tundra alone with three reindeer in order to greet her unknown cousin in Nome. Patsy has traveled from Kentucky. Kentucky! How will she adapt to a frigid winter in Alaska? Will the girls get along? Will the two girls manage the reindeer herd in Marian’s father’s absence? Who is following them? And just what is that purple flame in the old abandoned scow?

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Smugglers’ Reef

Smugglers' Reef by Harold L. Goodwin

Smugglers' Reef by Harold L. Goodwin

Seventh entry in the Rick Brant Science Mystery Adventure series has Rick and buddy Scott using infrared technology on the trail of smuggling no-goodniks in the vicinity of Spindrift Island, Rick’s home and location of his dad’s laboratory, off the New Jersey & New York coast.

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The Sword of Damocles

The Sword of Damocles by Anna Katharine Green

The Sword of Damocles by Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green is best known as one of the first women detective writers, and The Sword of Damocles, does indeed include several mysteries. There is a very brief appearance by her famous detective, Mr Gryce, but at the heart of the book, which is subtitled A Story of New York Life, are a number of very different love stories.

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The Hermit Of – Street

The Hermit Of - Street by Anna Katharine Green

The Hermit Of – Street by Anna Katharine Green

Delight Hunter spends her days looking out of her window at her handsome but very mysterious and reclusive next door neighbor. She walks straight into a mystery when one day a fire starts in one of the upper rooms of his house and she dashes over to warn him, only to have him lock her in with instructions to let no one else in. Why is he so insistent that no one come in? What secrets are hidden within the walls of this house?

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In the Mayor’s Parlour

In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. Fletcher

In the Mayor's Parlour by J. S. Fletcher

“Rotten borough” is a term that goes back to the 18th century, and it used to mean a parliamentary constituency in which a few property owners, or sometimes a single one, could choose the local member of parliament. The three Reform Acts of 1832, 1857 and 1884 brought that system to an end and by the time this book begins, a rotten borough has taken on its more modern meaning of a constituency whos rules allow a handful of people to profit secretly from the borough’s finances. In one such borough a new mayor, victor by a margin of single vote, has been working on a reform program and is found mysteriously murdered in his office — the Mayor’s Parlour. As it happens, his young nephew is visiting from London, and is determined to find the killer. It’s no easy task, and the final discovery leaves him, as well as many others, surprised.

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The Clue of the Gold Coin

The Clue of the Gold Coin by Helen Wells

The Clue of the Gold Coin by Helen Wells

When a shipment of priceless gold doubloons being transported on her flight from New York to Tampa goes missing, Federal Airline’s stewardess Vicki Barr is unwittingly dragged into a sinister conspiracy spanning two countries. Vicki faces a determined group of criminals willing to go to any lengths to stop her from discovering their secret. It is up to her to save the Gasperilla Pirate festival, rescue a trapped innocent old man and a young friend she helped in getting the very job that would risk his life and career. With the help of the FBI, Vicki takes on a ruthless gang of villains who have disappeared with the ancient gold and left no trace the police can find.

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The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat

The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat by Laura Lee Hope

The Bobbsey Twins on a Houseboat by Laura Lee Hope

The Bobbsey family are are staying on a houseboat for summer vacation! At first all seems to be going well – what with fishing, playing with friends, and exploring the river. But then a mean farmer arrives, who seems determined to stop the trip. Why? Where has Will Watson, his mistreated hired boy, run away to? Who is stealing food from the houseboat? Who or what made the strange noises the cook heard? And can the twins solve the mystery?

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