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  • File Size: 742 KB
  • Print Length: 298 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1414234430
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: May 16, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083ZMPWA
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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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I found this as a free book on Amazon, so I guess I got what I paid for. This book is a collection of short stories, one of six it says, that have been translated and compiled. They tend to be older stories, so I'm guessing the meaning of mystery and detective stories as we'd define them today are kind of different. The stories tended to have some sort of strange goings on or some sort of mystery to them, but frankly they just weren't that interesting. I did not really enjoy reading this book that much and I will be steering clear of the other five volumes!
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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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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. It said there were six vol. but I thought I was getting all six. Also thought since American was listed first this book would contain the American stories. Wrong on all accounts. So...disappointing at the very least. Description needs more details to prevent this sort of disappointment.
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If you are a fan of classical literature and enjoy the older style of story telling, you can certainly find something to enjoy among these selections. You will also see foreshadowing of some of the best known characters in more recent mystery and crime stories.
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