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Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories [Kindle Edition]

N/A , Julian Hawthorne
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

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  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZMPWA
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260 of 262 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay collection of 10 stories September 30, 2009
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The title page says this is one volume of a six-volume collection of 101 stories, published in 1907 and edited by Julian Hawthorne. From the author dates I'm guessing this is volume 1.

This collection contains 13 stories:

The Necklace (Guy de Maupassant)
The Miracle of Zobeide (Pierre Mille)
The Torture of Hope (Villiers de L'Isle Adam)
The Owl's Ear, The Invisible Eye, The Water of Death (Erckmann-Chatrain)
Melmoth Reconciled, The Conscript (Balzac)
Zadig the Babylonian (Voltaire)
The Nail (Perdo de Alarcon)
The Desposition (Luigi Capuana)
The Adventure of the Three Robbers (Lucius Apuleius)
Letter to Sura (Pliny the Younger)

The kindle edition hase no active table of contents, no navigation at all. It is 3790 "locations" long. The formatting of the text itself seems okay, italics where italics belong, but sometimes it's not always easy to tell when a story ends and commentary for the next begins.

The stories are mostly 18th- & 19th-century European. If you like that sort of stuff. They do not strike me as mystery stories I know. These seem story first, mystery second.
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46 of 47 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. July 18, 2010
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I enjoyed reading this book, but was a little disappointed to find that most of the stories are not Mysteries and that was really what I wanted. The book is a good read, has wonderful stories just hardly any mysteries.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Lives Up To Its Billing October 1, 2013
By hwynn
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If the statement that the selection of great mystery and detective tales in this collection are among the best written could be argued, the fact that among these stories are my personal favorites cannot. I'm very pleased to have found this anthology that's pulled together such favorites of mine as Maupassant's The Necklace, Voltaire's Zadig and Balzac's Melmoth. Reading these stories has been like greeting old friends who've come to visit bearing news that's still exciting, even if some of it has been heard before.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some classics, a lot of padding November 4, 2013
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Some good old classics, a lot of padding, but what else do you expect for a free book? The definition of "mystery and detective" stories is a little loose here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Mysteries August 10, 2013
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Who doesn't love a great mystery? What I really love about this book it that the stories are historically old, but still interesting and timely. Great read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting August 20, 2013
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Good short stories, nice to grab and read at bedtime. Well written worth my time and energy. Get it now.
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19 of 27 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Many Stories, One book January 13, 2012
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I gave this book one star not because the stories were bad ones - they are the mystery stories we read in school - but because there is NO INDEX.
I like the stories I have read so far but the lack of an index so that I can go to the story I want to read is frustrating. This is a feature on all of the book collections that really frustrates me. You have to start at the beginning and reat straight through. The value in a collection is being able to read them in the order you wish.
My problem is with the lack of an index and ability to go to a particular story, not with the stories themselves. They are all good ones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for crime fiction fans. January 9, 2014
By akhil
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I have read many crime anthologies. This is one of the best amongst them. You can find some real gems here. I recommend it to all crime connoiseurs.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Not worth your time
I don't believe these are the world's best. First off, the stories are all old (in the public domain and noncopyrighted), so many of the best are necessarily omitted. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Amazon Customer
1.0 out of 5 stars Very Boring
Very difficult to get through this book. The first few stories did not hold my attention at all. Decided it was not worth finishing.
Published 16 days ago by Von's Creations
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable.
A very different book from what I expected. Really good mystery stories out of the earliest of times. A good read.
Published 17 days ago by Richard Pavek
1.0 out of 5 stars Tripe
Mostly French authors, writing a bunch of oh my, isn't it ironic, soulless, frequently racist (in the way the French do - through love rather than hate) tripe.
Published 17 days ago by 446688
3.0 out of 5 stars incomplete - misleading title
The stories in this volume are a small part of the complete library of mystery stories. Most are translated from French authors of the 19th century, with a few ancient Roman... Read more
Published 21 days ago by snazzmo
3.0 out of 5 stars Review
Beautiful stories by talented writers, thoroughly enjoyable all of them without exception, but the story of Zadig truly stole my heart.
Published 1 month ago by ubavka seirovska
2.0 out of 5 stars Rather dull
That these are the world's *best mistery and detective stories" is a rather Grand assumption. Most of them are dull.
Published 1 month ago by Dr. Max Frenkel
2.0 out of 5 stars Boring
Don't bother - cos these are not the best stories! Hard to read and not enjoyable. Didn't waste my time reading all the stories as the ones that I read had no punch to them.
Published 1 month ago by Mrs J Lawson
4.0 out of 5 stars Review of Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories
Amasing and variety of mystery detective stories, I enjoyed read them, which transported me to ancient times make me feel that I was almost there
Published 1 month ago by Jorge D'Uva
3.0 out of 5 stars good
I liked it. One or two were outstanding in the way they kept on evolving. The language was curious at times more so because we are so used to the modern 'zippy' style.
Published 1 month ago by ALAKNANDA
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