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

N/A , Julian Hawthorne
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 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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253 of 255 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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43 of 44 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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great fast download from AMAZON November 2, 2013
By PL
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A great historical mystery package, and it was free. Great deal, great price, fast delivery. Cannot beat the customer service provided by AMAZON.com prime membership. Hope to be part of the VINE!
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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
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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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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17 of 24 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment.
I was looking for John Dickson Carr stories. There are none in this book though it was listed under his name. There was no notification that this was only one of six volumes. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Pat Black
5.0 out of 5 stars Home schooling reference material at the right price
We started home schooling our 14 year old and these books all meet 9 th grade requirements for reading and English literature
Published 16 days ago by joseph Vilicich
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read for lovers of classics
Wide variety of authors are included but the overall writing quality is high. I am really enjoying re-reading some old favorites and finding some "new" favorites to... Read more
Published 22 days ago by coco
1.0 out of 5 stars First few good then all bad
One of the stories wasn't even solved. Just an open ending. For free it is worth it for the first few stories. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Trouble2
4.0 out of 5 stars Very unusual
Having studied Latin for few years some events were recognized from the centuries old eras. An interesting gathering of the Greek mythology spun into an ongoing story.
Published 1 month ago by Margaret Brennan
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't read much of it
Unfortunately, I found the first few stories very dated and didn't keep reading. Just not my cup of tea. Sorry.
Published 3 months ago by gizzy
5.0 out of 5 stars Must for crime fiction fans.
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.
Published 3 months ago by akhil
2.0 out of 5 stars Uneven quality
Some great stories, but speckled with some very uneven ones. Worst, it's not easy to jump between the bunch, which means you have to thumb through the mediocre stories to get to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Ethan Wells
5.0 out of 5 stars It's a book
Hi - this is a free ebook I got for my kindle. You know in the event I ever actually used my kindle to read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Stella Seabass
5.0 out of 5 stars Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories
I downloaded this awhile back for free but haven't read it yet. Being that it is mystery/detective stories, you can't go wrong, and especially with a free download.
Published 6 months ago by Deanna L. Scott
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