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Trent s Last Case –by: E. C. (Edmund Clerihew) Bentley

This is one of a series of EC Bentley novels featuring the highly erudite artist qua reporter / detective, Philip Trent.

In it, Trent is sent to a charming English seaside village to cover the murder of Sigsbee Manderson for a large London newspaper. The victim is an unpopular and extremely powerful financial tycoon, who is murdered virtually within sight of his own house, at a time when it seems impossible that anyone there – to say nothing of all of its more than half dozen inhabitants – could have failed to see or hear the crime being committed.

As Trent pokes around, ...

The Missioner

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The Missioner

BY E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM

Author of "Anna, the Adventuress," "A Prince of Sinners," "The Master Mummer," etc.

WITH ILLUSTRATIONS

BY FRED PEGRAM

A. L. BURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS NEW YORK

Copyright, 1907, BY THE PEARSON PUBLISHING COMPANY.

Copyright, 1907, BY LITTLE, BROWN, AND COMPANY.

All rights reserved.

Published January, 1909.

Fourth Printing

[ Illustration: "DO YOU MIND EXPLAINING YOURSELF?" SHE ASKED. [Page 23.] FRONTISPIECE.]

CONTENTS

BOOK I

CHAPTER ...

The Sign of Silence –by: William Le Queux

Edward Royle is the head of a well-known chemical manufacturer in England, which he has inherited. He is engaged to the daughter of his father’s former partner, Phrida Shand, who lives with her mother. One night he is asked by his friend, Sir Digby Kemsley – a very famous railroad engineer, to come to his flat to discuss something although Kemsley is quite mysterious on the telephone. Royle visits, then returns home only to be summoned again by Kemsley, this time imploring him to return at once. Royle finds a gentleman in Kemsley’s place who is clearly not Kemsley, or is he? Kemsley asks...

The Pagan Madonna –by: Harold MacGrath

The Pagan Madonna, one of Harold MacGrath's numerous novels, set in Shanghai, tells a story of intrigue, murder, and illicit art “collecting.” The paths of Jean Norman, a Red Cross nurse from the United States, Ling Foo, a shifty pawn shop keeper, and Anthony Cleigh, millionaire art collector, cross and recross in growing intrigue over a string of beads. It is a world where “. . . every move you make is governed by Chance--the Blind Madonna of the Pagan . . . .” (Introduction by Don Jenkins)

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BOOKS BY HAROLD MACGRATH

ADVENTURES OF KATHLYN ARMS AND THE WOMAN ...

The Trees of Pride –by: G. K. Chesterton

Three trees, known as the Peacock trees, are blamed by the peasants for the fever that has killed many. Squire Vane scoffs at this legend as superstition. To prove them wrong, once and for all, he takes a bet to spend the night in the trees. In the morning he has vanished. Is he dead, and if so who has killed him? The poet? The lawyer? The woodsman? The trees?

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THE TREES OF PRIDE

by Gilbert K. Chesterton

THE TREES OF PRIDE:

I. THE TALE OF THE PEACOCK TREES II. THE WAGER OF SQUIRE VANE III. THE MYSTERY OF THE WELL IV. THE CHASE AFTER THE TRUTH

THE TREES...

The Lost Stradivarius –by: John Meade Falkner

The Lost Stradivarius (1895), by J. Meade Falkner, is a short novel of ghosts and the evil that can be invested in an object, in this case an extremely fine Stradivarius violin. After finding the violin of the title in a hidden compartment in his college rooms, the protagonist, a wealthy young heir, becomes increasingly secretive as well as obsessed by a particular piece of music, which seems to have the power to call up the ghost of its previous owner. Roaming from England to Italy, the story involves family love, lordly depravity, and the tragedy of obsession

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The Breaking Point –by: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Mary Roberts Rinehart -- "America's Agatha Christie," as she used to be called -- set this story in a New York suburban town, shortly after the end of the first world war. Dick Livingstone is a young, successful doctor, who in the course of events becomes engaged to Elizabeth Wheeler. But there is a mystery about his past, and he thinks himself honor-bound to unravel it before giving himself to her in marriage. In particular, a shock of undetermined origin has wiped out his memory prior to roughly the last decade. Rinehart, who presumably had been reading, or reading about, the then popular Si...

The Grell Mystery

Mr Robert Grell, millionaire and socialite, is found murdered in his study on a stormy evening. It’s up to Heldon Foyle, the detective, to unravel the mystery.

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THE GRELL MYSTERY

BY FRANK FROEST

[Illustration: Publisher's logo]

NEW YORK GROSSET & DUNLAP PUBLISHERS

COPYRIGHT, 1913, BY FRANK FROEST

COPYRIGHT, 1914, BY EDWARD J. CLODE

THE GRELL MYSTERY

CHAPTER I

Outside the St. Jermyn's Club the rain pelted pitilessly upon deserted pavements. Mr. Robert Grell leaned his arms on the table and stared steadily out through the steaming window panes f...

The Fortieth Door –by: Mary Hastings Bradley

Romance, sinister strangers, plenty of skulduggery, mysterious beauties cloaked in veils, dungeons and crypts, dreadfully wrapped mummies and evil doings will all envelope you in this book. If you're looking for a truly satisfying read, The Fortieth Door by Mary Hastings Bradley is definitely your pick!

Born in 19th century Chicago, Mary Hastings Bradley studied English literature at Smith and after her graduation, she found herself at loose ends. When a cousin invited her to join her on a trip to Egypt, Mary gladly agreed. Here the atmosphere and ancient architecture inspi...

A Successful Shadow A Detective s Successful Quest

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A SUCCESSFUL SHADOW; OR, A Detective's Successful Quest.

BY OLD SLEUTH, Author of All the Famous Old Sleuth Stories .

TABLE OF CONTENTS

PROLOGUE.

Chapter I

THE SAME OLD INCIDENT OF A MISSING BEAUTY A WIDOW'S NARRATIVE AN AROUSED INTEREST THE POSSIBILITIES IN A NAME STARTLING SUGGESTIONS WAS IT A CLUE.

Chapter II

A MOST SINGULAR AND WONDERFUL COINCIDENCE THE DETECTIVE STRIKES A NEW TRAIL A DENOUEMENT MOST WONDERFUL POSSIBILITIES AND PROBABILITIES BEYOND PERADVENTURE.

Chapter III

ONE MYSTERY SOLVED A SUCCESSFUL "SHADOW" INDEED ON A NEW "LAY...

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