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The Black Bag –by: Louis Joseph Vance

Mr. Philip Kirkwood, a not so successful painter, receives a visitor from his home town in America, who wants him to do him an unspecified favor, but Kirkwood doesn't trust him and sends him away. That night, he sees the stranger dine with his beautiful daughter. In order to protect the girl, the stranger confesses to Kirkwood that he expects to be arrested upon leaving the restaurant. Kirkwood agrees to take care of the girl, but when he brings her home, he knows that she is in danger and that there must be a mystery attached. He decides to protect the girl...

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THE B...

The Street of Seven Stars –by: Mary Roberts Rinehart

Published in 1914, this novel tells the story of Harmony Wells, an innocent and beautiful American in Austria to study violin. Harmony has talent and she dreams of a career in music. After her friends run out of money and return to the States, Harmony stays on in hopes of earning enough money to continue her lessons. Along the way, she meets Peter Byrne, an American doctor in Vienna following his dream to study surgery. Peter is already watching over an orphan boy in a local hospital and now he takes it upon himself to protect young Harmony from the unsavory side of life in the big city. With ...

The Law and the Lady –by: Wilkie Collins

Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville despite objections from Woodville's family leading to disquiet for Valeria's own family and friends.

Just a few days after the wedding, various incidents lead Valeria to suspect her husband is hiding a dark secret in his past and she discovers that he has been using a false name. He refuses to discuss it leading them to curtail their honeymoon and return to London where Valeria learns that he was on trial for his first wife's murder by arsenic. He was tried in a Scottish court and the verdict was 'Not Proven' rather than 'not guilty' implying hi...

The Czar s Spy –by: William Le Queux

William Le Queux was a British novelist and prolific writer of mysteries. Indeed, mystery surrounds the author himself as to whether he was a spy or rather just a self-promoter. Regardless of which is true, Le Queux brings us a story of intrigue and espionage that travels across Europe in the true spirit of a good mystery. There are shootings, burglaries, romances, escapes from prisons, and intricate conspiracies that may surprise and leave you scratching your head as you try to solve this “whodunit”. In the best tradition of a good mystery however, you may need to wait for the final chapt...

The Case of Jennie Brice –by: Mary Roberts Rinehart

The flood brings in not only the muddy waters but a series of suspicious clues that convinced Mrs. Pitman, a boarding house keeper, that a murder has been committed at her boarding house. Jennifer Ladley aka Jennie Brice is missing and with the help of Mr. Holcombe, a quirky gentleman with a passion for mysteries, they embark on a quest for the truth behind the disappearance of Jennie Brice.

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THE CASE of JENNIE BRICE

By MARY ROBERTS RINEHART

A...

The Paradise Mystery –by: Joseph Smith Fletcher

A quiet cathedral town in England, full of gossips and people who are not quite who they seem to be, is the setting for this murder mystery.

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THE PARADISE MYSTERY

By J. S. Fletcher

CHAPTER I. ONLY THE GUARDIAN

American tourists, sure appreciators of all that is ancient and picturesque in England, invariably come to a halt, holding their breath in a sudden catch of wonder, as they pass through the half ruinous gateway which admits to the Close of Wrychester. Nowhere else in England is there a fairer prospect of old world peace. There before their eyes...

Lady Audley s Secret –by: Mary Elizabeth Braddon

Inspired by a true life story, Lady Audley's Secret is the story of a woman's overwhelming ambition and passion for social success. When the first book came out in 1862, Victorian readers were shocked and outraged by its portrayal of aspects like bigamy, insanity, yearning for social status and the will to commit murder to achieve one's goals.

The novel belongs to a genre that became very popular during that era. Known as “sensation novels” they can probably be equated to today's pulp fiction. It was received with huge enthusiasm by readers and most critics of the day and the...

The Paternoster Ruby –by: Charles Edmonds Walk

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[Frontispiece: The gem lay between them, a splash of crimson flame]

The Paternoster Ruby

By CHARLES EDMONDS WALK

Author of "The Silver Blade," "The Yellow Circle," etc.

WITH FOUR ILLUSTRATIONS IN COLOR

BY J. V. McFALL

A. L. BURT COMPANY

PUBLISHERS

NEW YORK

COPYRIGHT

A. C. McCLURG & CO.

1910

Published, October 22, 1910

Entered at Stationers' Hall, London, England

TO

M. H. W.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER

I THE SHERIDAN PARK MYSTERY II THE PRIVATE SECRETARY III SOME DISCOVERIES IV TH...

Madeline Payne, the Detective s Daughter

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The Great Detective Story.

MADELINE PAYNE, THE DETECTIVE'S DAUGHTER.

by

LAWRENCE L. LYNCH,

(Of the Secret Service.)

Author of "Shadowed by Three," "The Diamond Coterie," "Out of a Labyrinth," etc., etc.

[Illustration: "Yes," she cried, wildly, "I know; you need not say it" page 219.]

Chicago: Alex. T. Loyd & Co. 1888.

Copyright, 1883, Donnelley, Loyd & Co., Chicago.

Copyright, 1883, Alex. T. Loyd & Co., Chicago.

Copyright, 1884, Alex. T. Loyd & Co., Chicago.

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CHAPTER ...

A Monk of Cruta

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[Transcriber's note: All typographical errors have been corrected. All other inconsistencies in the text, including an unfinished sentence, have been left as is.]

A MONK OF CRUTA

BY

E. PHILLIPS OPPENHEIM,

Author of "The Peer and the Woman," "A Millionaire of Yesterday," Etc., Etc.

NEW YORK: J. S. OGILVIE PUBLISHING COMPANY, 57 ROSE STREET.

COPYRIGHT, 1894, BY F. TENNYSON NEELY.

A MONK OF CRUTA.

CONTENTS.

CHAP. PAGE

I. "THE BLACK ROBED PHANT...

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