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

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  • File Size: 481 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZMPWA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
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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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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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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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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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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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Good short stories, nice to grab and read at bedtime. Well written worth my time and energy. Get it now.
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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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I am reviewing the audio book format of this book. I do not speak French. This lack of ability would prevent me from attempting to be the reader of an audio book in which many of the words are in French. Sadly, that is not the case for the reader of this audiobook. After suffering through "sow" (as in female pig) for the French word "sou" and many other such atrocities, I finally gave up after hearing "mon-sewer" for "moniueur" . Unbelievable. Stories are very interesting, but don't try to listen to the audiobook.
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