30 Mystery & Investigation masterpieces

30 Mystery & Investigation masterpieces

by Ryūnosuke AkutagawaGilbert Keith Chesterton Wilkie Collins and others
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date: 08/08/2020
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This book contains several tables of HTML content that will make reading easier. The first table of contents lists all the titles included in this volume. This book contains the following works, classified by author: In a Grove by Ryūnosuke Akutagawa The Innocence of Father Brown by Gilbert Keith Chesterton The Man Who Knew Too Much by Gilbert Keith Chesterton The Wisdom of Father Brown by Gilbert Keith Chesterton The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle The Return of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle The Valley of Fear by Arthur Conan Doyle The Sign of the Four by Arthur Conan Doyle The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle His Last Bow by Arthur Conan Doyle A Study in Scarlet by Arthur Conan Doyle The Spider by Hanns Heinz Ewers The Man Who Ended War by Hollis Godfrey Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy The Seven Secrets by William Le Queux The Czar's Spy by William Le Queux The Confessions of Arsène Lupine by Maurice Leblanc The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux The Experiences of Loveday Brooke, Lady Detective by Catherine Louisa Pirkis The Black Cat by Edgar Allan Poe The Murders in the Rue Morgue by Edgar Allan Poe The Lady, or the Tiger? By Frank R. Stockton Tom Sawyer, Detective by Mark Twain An Antarctic Mystery by Jules Verne The Technique of the Mystery Story by Carolyn Wells Raspberry Jam by Carolyn Wells The Master Criminal by Fred Merrick White

ISBN:
9782380373417
9782380373417
Category:
Short stories
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
08-08-2020
Language:
English
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Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins was born in London in 1824, the son of a successful and popular painter. On leaving school, he worked in the office of a tea merchant in the Strand before reading law as a student at Lincoln's Inn. However his real passion was for writing and, in 1850, he published his first novel, Antonina.

In 1851, the same year that he was called to the bar, he met and established a lifelong friendship with Charles Dickens. While Collins' fame rests on his best known works, The Woman in White and The Moonstone, he wrote over thirty books, as well as numerous short stories, articles and plays. He was a hugely popular writer in his lifetime. An unconventional individual, he never married but established long-term liaisons with two separate partners. He died in 1889.

Arthur Conan Doyle

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was born in Edinburgh in 1859 and died in 1930. Within those years was crowded a variety of activity and creative work that made him an international figure and inspired the French to give him the epithet 'the good giant'.

He was the nephew of 'Dickie Doyle' the artist, and was educated at Stonyhurst, and later studied medicine at Edinburgh University, where the methods of diagnosis of one of the professors provided the idea for the methods of deduction used by Sherlock Holmes. He set up as a doctor at Southsea and it was while waiting for patients that he began to write.

His growing success as an author enabled him to give up his practice and turn his attention to other subjects. His greatest achievement was, of course, his creation of Sherlock Holmes, who soon attained international status and constantly distracted him from his other work; at one time Conan Doyle killed him but was obliged by public protest to restore him to life.

And in his creation of Dr Watson, Holmes's companion in adventure and chronicler, Conan Doyle produced not only a perfect foil for Holmes but also one of the most famous narrators in fiction.

Thomas Hardy

Thomas Hardy was born in Dorset in 1840. His first published novel was Desperate Remedies in 1871. Such was the success of these early works, which included A Pair of Blue Eyes (1873) and Far From the Madding Crowd (1874), that he gave up his work as an architect to concentrate on his writing.

However, he had difficulty publishing Tess of the D'Urbervilles (1889) and was forced to make changes in order for it to be judged suitable for family readers. This, coupled with the stormy reaction to the negative tone of Jude the Obscure (1895), prompted Hardy to abandon writing novels altogether and he concentrated on poetry for the rest of his life. He died in January 1928.

Gaston Leroux

Gaston Leroux was born on 6 May 1868 in Paris and after school in Normandy, he returned to Paris to study law. His extreme gambling is well-documented after he squandered the millions he had inherited, narrowly escaping bankruptcy. He worked as a court reporter and theatre critic before landing a job as an international correspondent for Le Matin.

During this time Leroux travelled to Russia to experience and report on the Russian Revolution. In 1907 he gave up journalism to become a writer, and quickly found success with Le Mystore de la Chambre Jaune (1908). He became well-known for his popular and acclaimed crime and thriller novels, but Leroux also wrote poetry and short fiction.

His most famous work, Le FantPme de l'OpUra (The Phantom of the Opera), was inspired by a tour of the cellars at the Paris Opera, and published in 1911. The story has been adapted for film and, most notably, for Andrew Lloyd Webber's long-running musical. Gaston Leroux died on 15 April 1927.

Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe (1809-1849) is one of America's greatest and best-loved writers.

Known as the father of the detective story, Poe is perhaps most famous for his short stories particularly his shrewd mysteries and chilling, often grotesque tales of horror he was also an extremely accomplished poet and a tough literary critic.

Poe's life was not far removed from the drama of his fiction. Orphaned at a young age, he was raised by a foster family. As a young man, he developed problems with gambling, debts, and alcohol, and was even dismissed from the army.

His love life was marked by tragedy and heartbreak. Despite these difficulties, Poe produced many works now considered essential to the American literary canon.

Mark Twain

Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known by his pen name, Mark Twain, was born on November 30, 1835, in the tiny village of Florida, Missouri.

Writing grand tales about Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn and the mighty Mississippi River, Mark Twain explored the American soul with wit, buoyancy, and a sharp eye for truth. He became nothing less than a national treasure.

Jules Verne

Jules Verne (1828-1905) was a French novelist and playwright best known for his epic adventures, including Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Journey to the Center of the Earth, and Around the World in Eighty Days.

A true visionary and master storyteller, Verne foresaw the skyscraper, the submarine, and the airplane, among many other inventions, and he is often regarded as the 'Father of Science Fiction.'

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