The Victorian Mystery Megapack: 27 Classic Mystery Tales

The Victorian Mystery Megapack: 27 Classic Mystery Tales

by Arthur Conan DoyleGrant Allen Robert Barr and others
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date: 01/11/2012
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The theme of this Megapack is classic mystery and crime fiction from the Victorian era. We have taken the liberty of extending the qualifying publication dates to the end of World War I, since that event marked more of a turning point in world literature than the advent of the Edwardian Age. Certainly the spirit of Victorian crime fiction continued beyond Queen Victoria. This volume contains 25 stories and 2 bonus novels, offering hours of reading pleasure.

THE LENTON CROFT ROBBERIES, by Arthur Morrison
THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS, by Anna Katharine Green
MISSING: PAGE THIRTEEN, by Anna Katharine Green
A JURY OF HER PEERS, by Susan Glaspell
THE DONNINGTON AFFAIR, by G.K. Chesterton and Max Pemberton
INTRODUCING MR. RAFFLES HOLMES, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE ADVENTURE OF THE HERALD PERSONAL, by John Kendrick Bangs
THE BIG BOW MYSTERY, By Israel Zangwill
THE BURGLAR’S STORY, by W.S. Gilbert
CHEATING THE GALLOWS, by Israel Zangwill
THE RETURN OF IMRAY, by Rudyard Kipling
THE GREAT RUBY ROBBERY, by Grant Allen
PROBLEM OF THE STOLEN RUBENS, by Jacques Futrelle
MURDER BY PROXY, by M. McDonnell Bodkin
THE BLACK BAG LEFT ON A DOOR-STEP, by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
THE MYSTERY OF THE FIVE HUNDRED DIAMONDS, by Robert Barr
THE GREAT PEGRAM MYSTERY, by Robert Barr
THE CASE OF ROGER CARBOYNE, by H. Greenhough Smith
THE LAWYER’S STORY OF A STOLEN LETTER, by Wilkie Collins
THE PURLOINED LETTER, by Edgar Allan Poe
THE LEOPART MAN’S STORY, by Jack London
THREE 'DETECTIVE' ANECDOTES, by Charles Dickens
THE CROOKED TELLER, by J.P. Buschlen
THE PROBLEM OF DEAD WOOD HALL, by Dick Donovan
THE BISHOP’S CRIME, by R.C. Lehmann
THE MOONSTONE, by Wilkie Collins
THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES, by Arthur Conan Doyle

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ISBN:
9781434447821
9781434447821
Category:
Crime & mystery
Format:
Epub (Kobo), Epub (Adobe)
Publication Date:
01-11-2012
Language:
English
Publisher:
Wildside Press LLC
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.

Max Pemberton

Max Pemberton is a doctor, writer and journalist.

His first book, Trust Me, I'm a (Junior) Doctor, was a Radio 4 Book of the Week, and was subsequently followed by two more books about his experiences working in the NHS, Where Does it Hurt? and The Doctor Will See You Now.

He is currently a columnist for the Daily Mail and Reader's Digest, and a regular contributor to the Spectator.

Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens was born in 1812 and became the most popular novelist of the Victorian era.

A prolific writer, he published more than a dozen novels in his lifetime, including Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Hard Times, most of which have been adapted many times over for radio, stage and screen.

Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling was born in India in 1865. After intermittently moving between India and England during his early life, he settled in the latter in 1889, published his novel The Light That Failed in 1891 and married Caroline (Carrie) Balestier the following year.

They returned to her home in Brattleboro, Vermont, where Kipling wrote the two Jungle Books and Captains Courageous.

He continued to write prolifically and was the first Englishman to receive the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1907 but his later years were darkened by the death of his son John at the Battle of Loos in 1915. He died in 1936.

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.

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.

Jack London

Jack London (1876 - 1916), lived a life rather like one of his adventure stories. He was born John Chaney, the son of a travelling Irish-American fortune-teller and Flora Wellman, the outcast of a rich family. By the time Jack was a year old, Flora had married a grocer called John London and settled into a life of poverty in Pennsylvania. As Jack grew up he managed to escape from his grim surroundings into books borrowed from the local library - his reading was guided by the librarian.

At fifteen Jack left home and travelled around North America as a tramp - he was once sent to prison for thirty days on a charge of vagrancy. At nineteen he could drink and curse as well as any boatman in California! He never lost his love of reading and even returned to education and gained entry into the University of California. He soon moved on and in 1896 joined the gold rush to the Klondyke in north-west Canada. He returned without gold but with a story in his head that became a huge best-seller - The Call of the Wild - and by 1913 he was the highest -paid and most widely read writer in the world. He spent all his money on his friends, on drink and on building himself a castle-like house which was destroyed by fire before it was finished. Financial difficulties led to more pressure than he could cope with and in 1916, at the age of forty, Jack London committed suicide.

Titles such as The Call of the Wild, The Sea-Wolf and White Fang continue to excite readers today.

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