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83 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on January 2, 2011
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There is a reason these are rated "Classics" --- because they were great stories when they came out and still are after many many years! As with many multi-story volumes that are free, there is no index to get you to the beginning of a story, so you have to search on the name. I printed out the contents from the Amazon description so I know what's in it. Once you get the hang of it, it's no big thing.
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62 of 64 people found the following review helpful
on April 13, 2011
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"Go to" the cover and forward a page or two. You will find the indexed Table of Contents. At least it's there on mine.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful
on January 17, 2011
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I never would have discovered Wilkie Collins if it weren't for this Kindle download.... I've been reading for weeks and the value for money is incredible. The lack of an index is a pain, but for less than three dollars I can use the search function to find the beginnings of works I want to read (I'm not much of a Sherlock Holmes fan....). I doubt that I'd every have read The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Charles Dickens' last -- and unfinished -- novel) were it not for this collection....
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on March 7, 2012
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If you're interested in learning what old classic mysteries are like, this is for you. The writing style in many of them is just fascinating (e.g., Agatha Webb). And be glad you have a dictionary built into your Kindle. Some of the stories seem a bit simplistic (naive?). It's a good idea to learn how to find your way around the collection. Either GO TO the cover and page forward, or go to the BEGINNING and page backward to see the list of stories. Then I would recommend that once you choose a story, bookmark the first page of the subsequent story so you'll have an idea of how long your first choice is. Otherwise, there's no way to tell how much progress you're making in each mystery (i.e., is it just a few more pages that you can manage, or is it a hundred more that you may choose to endure or bail out?).

By the way, if you read Agatha Webb, when you get a little ways into the love letters, start skimming. It's not that I'm squeamish about that sort of thing, they just drag on and on, and don't really add much to the plot. Also, the resolution is a bit hokey, but the style is something else.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2012
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I just purchased this book on Kindle, so have not read much yet. I LOVE the variety of Authors and styles. Many are old friends. Some I have never read before. I will enjoy a return to old favorites and look forward to new ones.

For all those complaining of no index, or having a hard time navigating; Try using the functionality of your device. Either hit "go to" and choose "cover" or "beginning of book" or "table of contents". Or just try scrolling to the top. There is an interactive table of contents. just click on the story you want.

The down load defaults to the 1st page of the 1st story. that doesn't mean there is nothing before that page.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2011
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The Classic Mystery Collection actually has some great selections in it. There were many stories I had never read before--and a few that really were tedious to get through. Others were a real snooze. The Father Brown Mysteries are a good example. I am grateful that I had the collection to help me realize that they are a cure for insomnia. At least I didn't invest much in learning that lesson!

Still, there is enough in this collection to earn a 4-star rating, If you like good old-time whodunnits of a bygone era, you'll find something to like in this one. And at the price, how can you go wrong?
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 19, 2011
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The stories are from various authors from various periods. Most of them are good reads. But I must warn you about the Balzac. It is set in the turmoil of the French revolution and goes into interminable exposition. After 105 pages I gave it up; I bought the collection for its mystery, not as a history lesson. Otherwise, I could recommend the collection.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2011
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Complete Conan Doyle mysteries and the best of Wilkie Collins by themselves are easily worth the price. The drawback is that it is a mix of novels, stories and story collections,with no easy way to tell the difference. The Balzac, for example, is a full on historical novel, part of his Human Comedy series, and not the best of them. Not what you are expecting of a mystery, although I enjoyed reading it years ago under the title of A Murky Business, aka the Gondreville Mystery. I'm rating the collection 5, just to balance out the 1, because it is based on a misunderstanding.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Immediately after this downloaded by Whispernet I had trouble with my Kindle and had to troubleshoot it. In addition, there was no table of contents. You had to page through literally page by page or read them all in order. This is the first purchase I have ever gone back online to delete. Can't recommend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on April 28, 2012
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It is wonderful to be able to re-read these tales at a touch and to take them with me where ever I go.
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