Nigeria mysteries, thrillers books

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The Dead Secret - Wilkie Collins

Grant Allen - An African Millionaire artwork An African Millionaire
Grant Allen
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1898
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Wealthy, confident and handsome, Sir Charles Van Drift spends his time jetting to exotic locales with his wife and in-laws. But on one fateful trip to the Riviera, Van Drift meets his match in Colonel Clay. Posing alternately as a seer, a curate, and a German professor, the master of disguise swindles Van Drift through three continents and poses a serious risk to his South African diamond fortune.


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An African Millionaire - Grant Allen

May Agnes Fleming - The Midnight Queen artwork The Midnight Queen
May Agnes Fleming
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1875
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Midnight Queen is set in London, in the year of the plague 1665. Sir Norman Kingsley visits the soothsayer "La Masque" who shows him the vision of a beautiful young lady. Falling madly in love with her, he is astonished to find her only a short time later and saves her from being buried alive. He takes her home to care for her, but while he fetches a doctor, she disappears. Sir Kingsley and his friend Ormistan embark on an adventure to solve the mystery of the young lady - will they ever find her again.


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The Midnight Queen - May Agnes Fleming

Harlan Page Halsey - A Successful Shadow artwork A Successful Shadow
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 02 August 2008
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The woman removed her veil, and indeed she did have two ghastly looking scars, but she had exaggerated her disfigurement, for despite the scars hers was not an uncomely face to look upon. Her eyes were beautiful, and the detective was led to say with chivalrous truth and gallantry. The woman's voice was very musical; she spoke in low tones and her pronunciation and general demeanor betrayed the fact that gentle blood ran in her veins.


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A Successful Shadow - Harlan Page Halsey

Marquis de Sade - Les crimes de l'amour artwork Les crimes de l'amour
Marquis de Sade
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 December 1814
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Le trop célèbre de Sade, premier marquis de France et issu d'une des plus anciennes maisons nobles de l'Europe, est universellement connu pour ses débauches. Tout le monde lettré a entendu parler plus ou moins de ses écrits, mais peu de personnes les connaissent. Cette grande célébrité le fait rechercher dans les bibliothèques, où il a sa place marquée comme originalité; mais ses écrits le rendent presque impossible, car le triste sire n'avait guère d'autre esprit que la monomanie érotico-criminelle. Justine et Juliette, la Philosophie dans le boudoir, Aline et Valcourt, sont des œuvres souillées d'images obscènes et meurtrières, qui répugnent tellement à la lecture que, peut-être, personne ne les a lues en entier. Le style en est détestable, car si l'auteur était fou, il n'était pas littéraire. Zoloé, l'Auteur des Crimes de l'Amour à Villeterque, les Crimes de l'Amour, et autres productions analogues ne sont que de plates satires, ou de mauvaises nouvelles, sans intérêt. En publiant ici une Nouvelle tirée des Crimes de l'Amour, le pamphlet contre Villeterque, l'Étude sur les romans, et la Notice sur Sade et ses écrits, les bibliophiles ont l'avantage d'avoir un spécimen des ouvrages de cet érotomane, et ils peuvent ainsi se dispenser d'acquérir ses autres œuvres.


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Les crimes de l'amour - Marquis de Sade

Jules Verne - An Antarctic Mystery artwork An Antarctic Mystery
Jules Verne
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1896
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

An Antarctic mystery” is based on the classic tale of horror “Arthur Gordon Pym” by Edgar Allen Poe and serves as a continuation of the story although it must be noted that this is not a work of horror. Rather, “An Antarctic mystery” begins in 1839 with the lead character and narrator, Jeorling, on the Kerguelen Islands to study wildlife. He is ready to depart and learns that a ship, the Halbrane, is coming into port shortly. Jeorling is done on the island and wants to depart on the Halbrane with no particular destination in mind. The captain of the Halbrane, Len Guy, at first refuses but finally relents on the night before the ship sets sail. Jeorling is uncertain as to why the strange captain had a change of heart but he wants to leave so he happily sets sail aboard the ship the next morning.


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An Antarctic Mystery - Jules Verne

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Hound of the Baskervilles artwork The Hound of the Baskervilles
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1901
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The terrible spectacle of the beast, the fog of the moor, the discovery of a body, this classic horror story pits detective against dog. When Sir Charles Baskerville is found dead on the wild Devon moorland with the footprints of a giant hound nearby, the blame is placed on a family curse. It is left to Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson to solve the mystery of the legend of the phantom hound before Sir Charles' heir comes to an equally gruesome end.


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The Hound of the Baskervilles - Arthur Conan Doyle

Bayard Taylor - Who was She? artwork Who was She?
Bayard Taylor
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1877
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The mystery portrays a feministic theme in which a woman's addresses and letters are being read. The narrator identified the writing to be of a woman. The woman spoke about the social customs, men and girls. Therefore the the theme is portrayed to be feministic in approach. The narrator then tries to personify the identity of woman.


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Who was She? - Bayard Taylor

Wilkie Collins - A Fair Penitent artwork A Fair Penitent
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Delve into the seamy underside of eighteenth-century Paris in this gripping short story from beloved British author Wilkie Collins. The fair penitent of the title is a renowned stage actress who decides to give up her life of cultural refinement and cushy creature comforts to seek out a more spiritually fulfilling path. Will she find a way to make things right and repent?.


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A Fair Penitent - Wilkie Collins

Alexandre Dumas - Joan of Naples artwork Joan of Naples
Alexandre Dumas
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1477
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is the story of crimes against the royalty. The vast split between the masses and the elite, the frustration and aggravation in the masses, heedlessness of the authorities and the consequences thereof are depicted. It is a powerful story that highlights the antagonism between the two classes.


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Joan of Naples - Alexandre Dumas

Wilkie Collins - My Lady's Money artwork My Lady's Money
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1878
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is more of an investigative drama and one of the best works in Detectiive fiction category.


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My Lady's Money - Wilkie Collins

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - The Evil Guest artwork The Evil Guest
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is about a murder mystery fraught with dark imagery and mysterious characters. An unwanted guest visiting a dreary and isolated home is murdered; the thriller leads the reader down countless ‘dead’ ends before revealing the identity of the guilty party.


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The Evil Guest - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

George Eliot - Silas Marner artwork Silas Marner
George Eliot
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1879
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Silas Marner, un humilde tejedor, huye de su ciudad natal acusado de un crimen que no ha cometido. Se asienta en Raveloe, una pequeña comunidad en la que trata de pasar desapercibido trabajando sin descanso y acumulando tanto dinero como lo es posible. Su carácter retraído y su existencia anodina se verán turbados por dos hechos extraordinarios que le acaecen el mismo día: el robo de sus ahorros y la aparición de una mujer muerta ante su hogar con un bebé en los brazos. Esos acontecimientos cambiarán la vida del tejedor y provocarán una serie de consecuencias imprevistas en el pequeño pueblo.


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Silas Marner - George Eliot

Arthur Conan Doyle - The Man from Archangel artwork The Man from Archangel
Arthur Conan Doyle
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 01 January 1930
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Set in a small market town in France, this is a bleak story of prejudice, isolation and loneliness. Jonas Milk is a Russian Jew who runs a second-hand book shop and leads a quiet unassuming life. Married to a promiscuous younger French woman, he wakes one day to find she has disappeared. Assuming she has run off with another man for a few days, as she has done before, Jonas tells his neighbours and his wife’s family that she has gone to visit a friend. When the wife fails to return as expected people begin to suspect him of murdering her. Rather than admit his wife’s previous infidelities, the little man maintains his lie in the face of increasing hostility and isolation until he is driven to despair.


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The Man from Archangel - Arthur Conan Doyle

Oscar Wilde - Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man artwork Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man
Oscar Wilde
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 30 December 1899
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death. Women are made to be loved, not to be understood. It is absurd to have a hard and fast rule about what one should read and what one shouldn't. Moren than half of modern culture depends on what one shouldn't read. Women, as someone says, love with their ears, just as men love with their eyes, if they ever love at all. It is better to be beautiful than to be good, but it is better to be good than to be ugly.


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Miscellaneous Aphorisms; The Soul of Man - Oscar Wilde

Wilkie Collins - The Legacy of Cain artwork The Legacy of Cain
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

When a condemned woman asks the local Minister to take her daughter home, the childless man is touched and finds himself unable to refuse. Yet the prisoner is unrepentant of the murder of her husband. Will her vices be passed on to this seemingly sweet child?


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The Legacy of Cain - Wilkie Collins

Grant Allen - Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose artwork Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose
Grant Allen
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1898
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose is a Mystery and Detective type of book. In this early detective novel, the detective is Hilda Wade. She is a very capable nurse, but there is something mysterious about her from the moment she arrives at the hospital. Upon meeting her, Dr. Hubert Cumberledge greatly admires her and becomes a devoted friend. It turns out that Hilda has one purpose in life, and in pursuit of that purpose she will travel across the world, from London to South Africa, Rhodesia, India, Nepaul, Tibet and back. With Cumberledge's support, her extraordinary logic and clear thinking lead her on through deadly perils. But will that be enough to accomplish the secret purpose which has driven her so long and so far?


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Hilda Wade, a Woman with Tenacity of Purpose - Grant Allen

Harlan Page Halsey - Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist artwork Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 27 November 2006
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A young lady and gentleman were walking on the sands at Coney Island beach. The lady was very handsomely attired, and by her side walked a young man, a perfect type in appearance of an effeminate dude. Three rough-looking men had been following the lady and gentleman at a distance, and when the latter stopped at a remote part of the beach far from any hotel the three men held a consultation, and one of them uttered the declaration with which we open our narrative.


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Cad Metti, The Female Detective Strategist - Harlan Page Halsey

Guy de Maupassant - Strong as Death artwork Strong as Death
Guy de Maupassant
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1892
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This novel explores the mysterious -- and, for the protagonist, tragic -- interaction of love and creativity. Broad daylight streamed down into the vast studio through a skylight in the ceiling, which showed a large square of dazzling blue, a bright vista of limitless heights of azure, across which passed flocks of birds in rapid flight. But the glad light of heaven hardly entered this severe room, with high ceilings and draped walls, before it began to grow soft and dim, to slumber among the hangings and die in the portieres, hardly penetrating to the dark corners where the gilded frames of portraits gleamed like flame. Peace and sleep seemed imprisoned there, the peace characteristic of an artist’s dwelling, where the human soul has toiled. Within these walls, where thought abides, struggles, and becomes exhausted in its violent efforts, everything appears weary and overcome as soon as the energy of action is abated; all seems dead after the great crises of life, and the furniture, the hangings, and the portraits of great personages still unfinished on the canvases, all seem to rest as if the whole place had suffered the master’s fatigue and had toiled with him, taking part in the daily renewal of his struggle. A vague, heavy odor of paint, turpentine, and tobacco was in the air, clinging to the rugs and chairs; and no sound broke the deep silence save the sharp short cries of the swallows that flitted above the open skylight, and the dull, ceaseless roar of Paris, hardly heard above the roofs. Nothing moved except a little cloud of smoke that rose intermittently toward the ceiling with every puff that Olivier Bertin, lying upon his divan, blew slowly from a cigarette between his lips.


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Strong as Death - Guy de Maupassant

Thomas Bailey Aldrich - Daisy's Necklace artwork Daisy's Necklace
Thomas Bailey Aldrich
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 18 March 1907
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a story book. We do not pretend to write or enlarge upon a new subject. Much has been said and written-and well said and written too on the art of fishing but loch-fishing has been rather looked upon as a second-rate performance, and to dispel this idea is one of the objects for which this present treatise has been written. Far be it from us to say anything against fishing, lawfully practised in any form but many pent up in our large towns will bear us out when me say that, on the whole, a days loch-fishing is the most convenient. One great matter is, that the loch-fisher is dependent on nothing but enough wind to curl the water, -and on a large loch it is very seldom that a dead calm prevails all day, -and can make his arrangements for a day, weeks beforehand whereas the stream- fisher is dependent for a good take on the state of the water and however pleasant and easy it may be for one living near the banks of a good trout stream or river, it is quite another matter to arrange for a days river-fishing, if one is looking forward to a holiday at a date some weeks ahead. Providence may favour the expectant angler with a good day, and the water in order but experience has taught most of us that the good days are in the minority, and that, as is the case with our rapid running streams, -such as many of our northern streams are, -the water is either too large or too small, unless, as previously remarked, you live near at hand, and can catch it at its best. A common belief in regard to loch-fishing is, that the tyro and the experienced angler have nearly the same chance in fishing, -the one from the stern and the other from the bow of the same boat. Of all the absurd beliefs as to loch-fishing, this is one of the most absurd. Try it. Give the tyro either end of the boat he likes give him a cast of ally flies he may fancy, or even a cast similar to those which a crack may be using and if he catches one for every three the other has, he may consider himself very lucky.


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Daisy's Necklace - Thomas Bailey Aldrich

Hector Malot - Conscience artwork Conscience
Hector Malot
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1892
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Un jeune médecin, pour échapper à ses dettes, tue un vieil usurier atteint de diabète, condamné de toute façon par la maladie. Par erreur, c'est le frère de celle qu'il aime, qui est accusé et condamné aux travaux forcés. Cependant une vieille infirme l'a reconnu. Pour l'empêcher de témoigner, il l'assassine à son tour. Sa conscience le torture mais il parvient à la faire taire pour parvenir au rang social qu'il s'était fixé.


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Conscience - Hector Malot

Harlan Page Halsey - Two Wonderful Detectives artwork Two Wonderful Detectives
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 July 2008
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is about the two detectives Jack and Gil and their marvelous detective skills.


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Two Wonderful Detectives - Harlan Page Halsey

Harlan Page Halsey - The Dock Rats of New York artwork The Dock Rats of New York
Harlan Page Halsey
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 March 2004
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A boat rocked upon the calm water that murmured along the shore, when a young man came down from the upper bank of white drift sand, and seized the tiller rope. The young man turned toward the speaker, and encountered a sight that caused his handsome eyes to bulge with amazement. It was a clear, cloudless night, and a half moon shed its diminished radiance on surrounding objects, and revealed to the astonished gaze of the young man the weird-appearing figure of a young girl.


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The Dock Rats of New York - Harlan Page Halsey

George Tyrrell - The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) artwork The Faith of the Millions (2nd series)
George Tyrrell
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1908
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

It is a mystery book. A good mystery story which will hold the interest of the reader from the very first, which is well constructed, well sustained, and has something of the dramatic quality, is one of the most desirable things in the way of fiction, and one of the rarest. The Blue Wall is all of this. When the story has added to these good points the quality of real literary worth, of atmosphere, of style, of character and depth, it is something indeed out of the common, and well worth talking about. The Blue Wall is like nothing else you have ever read before.


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The Faith of the Millions (2nd series) - George Tyrrell

Saint John of Damascus - Barlaam and Ioasaph artwork Barlaam and Ioasaph
Saint John of Damascus
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 01 March 2012
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book It is not known where or when this story was written, but it is believed to have been translated into Greek (possibly from a Georgian original) sometime in the 11th Century A. D. Although the ultimate author is usually referred to as John the Monk, it has been traditionally ascribed to St. John of Damascus. This work will note some startling similarities between the story of Ioasaph and the traditional Tale of Buddha. The work seems to be a retelling of the Buddha Legend from within a Christian context, with the singular difference that the Buddha in this tale reaches enlightenment through the love of Jesus Christ. The popularity of the Greek version of this story is attested to by the number of translations made of it throughout the Christian world, including versions in Latin, Old Slavonic, Armenian, Christian Arabic, English, Ethiopic, and French. Such was its popularity that both Barlaam and Josaphat (Ioasaph) were eventually recognized by the Roman Catholic Church as Saints, and churches were dedicated in their honor from Portugal to Constantinople. It was only after Europeans began to have increased contacts with India that scholars began to notice the similarities between the two sets of stories. Modern scholars believe that the Buddha story came to Europe from Arabic, Caucasus, and/or Persian sources, all of which were active in trade between the European and Indian worlds.


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Barlaam and Ioasaph - Saint John of Damascus

Edward Eggleston - The Mystery of Metropolisville artwork The Mystery of Metropolisville
Edward Eggleston
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This 1873 novel, set in a fictional Minnesota town during a real-estate bubble, describes the carving up of the American frontier by the sharp speculators who helped to usher in the Gilded Age. The story of greed and deception is both timely and timeless.


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The Mystery of Metropolisville - Edward Eggleston

Metta Victoria Fuller Victor - The Bad Boy At Home artwork The Bad Boy At Home
Metta Victoria Fuller Victor
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1884
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The Bad Boy At Home Metta Victoria Fuller Victor, one of the first detective novels in the United States this ebook presents the Bad Boy At Home from Metta Victoria Fuller Victor. I've been intending ever since I got home from Yourope, to begin riting in a diry, but I ain't had no time, cos my chum Jimmy and me has been putting in our days having fun.


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The Bad Boy At Home - Metta Victoria Fuller Victor

George MacDonald - Salted with Fire artwork Salted with Fire
George MacDonald
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1895
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A friend of her childhood has returned, she learns -- James Blatherwick, home from Edinburgh, where he was a divinity student. Yet the proud young man speaking so ably from the pulpit has a secret -- one he almost conceals from himself. Then an even stranger arrival startles her, when she stumbles upon the crying bairn -- a baby, abandoned upon the moor.


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Salted with Fire - George MacDonald

Émile Gaboriau - The Clique of Gold artwork The Clique of Gold
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A story full of greed, deceit, jealousy, despair, attempted assassination, true love and perseverance, and finally revenge. From the first moment when Mile Henriette is discovered in her little room in the garret trying to commit suicide, in the first chapter, until the climax of Sarah Brandon's schemes in the last, there is a series of daring plots and startling incidents.


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The Clique of Gold - Émile Gaboriau

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 01 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 01
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This story is about a young woman who escaped from her criminally-minded father, finds kindness in Ernest Maltravers. During their brief time together, Alice and Ernest fall in love, only to be separated by a kidnapping. The mysteries include how how the two will find each other and the strange role of the supernatural.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 01 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Daniel Garrison Brinton - American Hero-Myths artwork American Hero-Myths
Daniel Garrison Brinton
Genre: Women Sleuths
Publish Date: 31 December 1898
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

What I think is the essence, the principle of vitality, in religion, and in all religions, is their supposed control over the destiny of the individual, his weal or woe, his good or bad hap, here or hereafter, has it may be. Rooted infinitely deep in the sense of personality, religion was recognized at the beginning, it will be recognized at the end, as the one indestructible ally in the struggle for individual existence. At heart, all prayers are for preservation, the burden of all litanies is a begging for Life.


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American Hero-Myths - Daniel Garrison Brinton

James Fenimore Cooper - The Headsman artwork The Headsman
James Fenimore Cooper
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 13 September 1851
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

James Neal Harvey's most recent novel, By Reason of Insanity, garnered such advance notices as "Gruesomely effective". He tops himself in this new novel of profound terror in a small upstate New York town shaken by the beheading of a pretty highschool girl.


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The Headsman - James Fenimore Cooper

Émile Gaboriau - The Widow Lerouge artwork The Widow Lerouge
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 27 September 1873
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

In this 1866 mystery, French journalist and novelist Émile Gaboriau introduces the amateur detective Monsieur Lecoq, a character that appears in three of Gaboriau’s subsequent novels. This English translation was published in 1886.


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The Widow Lerouge - Émile Gaboriau

Charles Dickens - Hunted Down artwork Hunted Down
The Detective Stories of Charles Dickens
Charles Dickens
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 08 June 1870
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Hunted Down' is a selection of Dickens' fascinating detective stories. Haining introduces a motley cast of heroes and villains in episodes that are sometimes comical, sometimes grotesque - and always entertaining.


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Hunted Down - Charles Dickens

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A young woman, escaped from her criminally-minded father, finds kindness in Ernest Maltravers. During their brief time together, Alice and Ernest fall in love, only to be separated by a kidnapping. The mysteries include how how the two will find each other and the strange role of the supernatural.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 02 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Samuel Warren - The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney artwork The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney
Samuel Warren
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1876
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a book of short stories of Mystery and detective, by an English Barrister. Interesting vignettes of a time when debtors could go to prison and thieves were hung.


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The Experiences of a Barrister, and Confessions of an Attorney - Samuel Warren

Émile Gaboriau - File No. 113 artwork File No. 113
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Emile Gaboriau is frequently credited with being the creator of the modern detective story. He drew on the 40 years of slow evolution of the crime story, following Edgar Allen Poe in the United States, and writers such as Paul Feval, Eugene Sue, Alexandre Dumas the elder, and Honore de Balzac in France, writing popular literature for the masses. Violence, lies, adultery, duplicity, murder, including fratricide and attempted parricide, falsely exchanged or abandoned sons and stolen birthrights, and ever more sins and villainies, find a place in Gaboriau's novels, as they do in many contemporary detective stories, television series and often even in real life. File No. 113 is no exception. On the surface, the crime seems simple. A bank's secure safe is robbed. One of the two men who holds the key must be guilty. One key-holder is the bank's owner who lives above the bank with his family, the other is the bank's trusted manager-a man like a son to the owner. What if neither is guilty? How did this safe, with every security measure known and employed at the time, get robbed? Leave it to Monsieur Lecoq of the Surete, a policeman of many disguises and much guile to uncover the devastating truth of deceit, betrayal, lies, murder and sordid family histories that lead to the crime.


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File No. 113 - Émile Gaboriau

Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu - Green Tea;  Mr. Justice Harbottle artwork Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle
Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
Genre: Short Stories
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Green Tea and Mr. Justice Harbottle are two short stories by 19th Century author Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu. He was a popular writer of gohic fiction in his time and has provided the foundation for much of today’s horror and mystery genres. Both stories are based on corresptondence between Dr. Martin Hesselius and his friend, Professor Van Loo. The narrator explains that he is in possession of the letters and is using their contents to relay stories of unusual medical interest.


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Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle - Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu

Émile Gaboriau - The Honor of the Name artwork The Honor of the Name
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This book is a captivating mystery, historical and love story. Around 11 o'clock, on the evening of Shrove Sunday 18.., close to the old Barrière d'Italie, frightful cries, coming from Mother Chupin's drinking-shop, are heard by a party of detectives led by Inspector Gévrol. The squad runs up to it. A triple murder has just been committed. The murderer is caught on the premises. Despite Gévrol's opinion that four scoundrels encountered each other in this vile den that they began to quarrel, that one of them had a revolver and killed the others, Lecoq, a young police agent, suspects a great mystery. In this second book (out of two) we go back in time to that dark period of French history. Little by little, the key to the mystery murder is unveiled.


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The Honor of the Name - Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Griffiths - The Passenger from Calais artwork The Passenger from Calais
Arthur Griffiths
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1907
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

An army officer, and a mysterious lady with a maid and baby in tow, are the only passengers on the Engadine express from Calais. The lady is afraid that someone is following her.


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The Passenger from Calais - Arthur Griffiths

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 05 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 05
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The old man was calmly enjoying the beauty of the morning, the freshness of the air, the warmth of the dancing beam, and not least, perhaps, his own peaceful thoughts, —the spontaneous children of a contemplative spirit and a quiet conscience. His was the age when we most sensitively enjoy the mere sense of existence, —when the face of Nature and a passive conviction of the benevolence of our Great Father suffice to create a serene and ineffable happiness, which rarely visits us till we have done with the passions; till memories, if more alive than heretofore, are yet mellowed in the hues of time, and Faith softens into harmony all their asperities and harshness; till nothing within us remains to cast a shadow over the things without; and on the verge of life, the Angels are nearer to us than of yore.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 05 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 08 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 08
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Lumley had been always careful, though plain, in dress; but there was now a more evident attention bestowed on his person than he had ever manifested in youth, —while there was something of the Roman's celebrated foppery in the skill with which his hair was arranged on his high forehead, so as either to conceal or relieve a partial baldness at the temples. Perhaps, too, from the possession of high station, or the habit of living only amongst the great, there was a certain dignity insensibly diffused over his whole person that was not noticeable in his earlier years, when a certain ton de garnison was blended with his ease of manners. Yet, even now, dignity was not his prevalent characteristic; and in ordinary occasions, or mixed society, he still found a familiar frankness a more useful species of simulation. At the time we now treat of, Lord Vargrave was leaning his cheek on one hand, while the other rested idly on the papers methodically arranged before him. He appeared to have suspended his labours, and to be occupied in thought. It was, in truth, a critical period in the career of Lord Vargrave.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 08 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Júlio Dinis - A Morgadinha dos Cannaviaes artwork A Morgadinha dos Cannaviaes
Júlio Dinis
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 11 September 1871
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

a história de "a morgadinha dos canaviais: crônicas da aldeia", escrito por júlio dinis, passa-se no século xix, no norte de portugal. conta a história de um rapaz, henrique, que cansado de sua vida em lisboa, vai para o interior morar com uma tia, e lá se apaixona por madalena, a morgadinha. mas a prima da moça é que se apaixona por henrique. porém, ela é noiva, e muita rivalidade está por vir. nesse romance, júlio dinis faz uma forte crítica ao fanatismo religioso e à hipocrisia do clero.


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A Morgadinha dos Cannaviaes - Júlio Dinis

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Lumley had been always careful, though plain, in dress; but there was now a more evident attention bestowed on his person than he had ever manifested in youth, —while there was something of the Roman's celebrated foppery in the skill with which his hair was arranged on his high forehead, so as either to conceal or relieve a partial baldness at the temples. Perhaps, too, from the possession of high station, or the habit of living only amongst the great, there was a certain dignity insensibly diffused over his whole person that was not noticeable in his earlier years, when a certain ton de garnison was blended with his ease of manners. Yet, even now, dignity was not his prevalent characteristic; and in ordinary occasions, or mixed society, he still found a familiar frankness a more useful species of simulation. At the time we now treat of, Lord Vargrave was leaning his cheek on one hand, while the other rested idly on the papers methodically arranged before him. He appeared to have suspended his labours, and to be occupied in thought. It was, in truth, a critical period in the career of Lord Vargrave.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Complete - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 06 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 06
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The effect which the presence of Maltravers produced among his peasantry was one that seldom failed to refresh and soothe his more bitter and disturbed thoughts. They had gradually (for the poor are quick-sighted) become sensible of his justice, —a finer quality than many that seem more amiable.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 06 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 07 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 07
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Lumley had been always careful, though plain, in dress; but there was now a more evident attention bestowed on his person than he had ever manifested in youth, —while there was something of the Roman's celebrated foppery in the skill with which his hair was arranged on his high forehead, so as either to conceal or relieve a partial baldness at the temples. Perhaps, too, from the possession of high station, or the habit of living only amongst the great, there was a certain dignity insensibly diffused over his whole person that was not noticeable in his earlier years, when a certain ton de garnison was blended with his ease of manners. Yet, even now, dignity was not his prevalent characteristic; and in ordinary occasions, or mixed society, he still found a familiar frankness a more useful species of simulation. At the time we now treat of, Lord Vargrave was leaning his cheek on one hand, while the other rested idly on the papers methodically arranged before him. He appeared to have suspended his labours, and to be occupied in thought. It was, in truth, a critical period in the career of Lord Vargrave.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 07 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

Edward Bulwer-Lytton - Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 03 artwork Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 03
Edward Bulwer-Lytton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Lumley had been always careful, though plain, in dress; but there was now a more evident attention bestowed on his person than he had ever manifested in youth, —while there was something of the Roman's celebrated foppery in the skill with which his hair was arranged on his high forehead, so as either to conceal or relieve a partial baldness at the temples. Perhaps, too, from the possession of high station, or the habit of living only amongst the great, there was a certain dignity insensibly diffused over his whole person that was not noticeable in his earlier years, when a certain ton de garnison was blended with his ease of manners. Yet, even now, dignity was not his prevalent characteristic; and in ordinary occasions, or mixed society, he still found a familiar frankness a more useful species of simulation. At the time we now treat of, Lord Vargrave was leaning his cheek on one hand, while the other rested idly on the papers methodically arranged before him. He appeared to have suspended his labours, and to be occupied in thought. It was, in truth, a critical period in the career of Lord Vargrave.


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Alice, or the Mysteries — Book 03 - Edward Bulwer-Lytton

José S. Alvarez - Memorias de un vigilante artwork Memorias de un vigilante
José S. Alvarez
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1902
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

MEMORIAS DE UN VIGILANTE es una obra diferente. Ambientada en la Argentina del siglo XIX nos presenta, con un detalle que goza en ocasiones de una profundidad excesivamente detallada para una obra de tales características, la vida de un funcionario estatal, un vigilante. El día a día de sus obligaciones como policía, aderezadas con un vaivén de recuerdos y situaciones que van desde la simple anécdota a la más singular aventura, nos sirven de marco para mostrarnos una sociedad que, lejos de lo que pudiera parecer, no se diferencia en mucho de la actual.


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Memorias de un vigilante - José S. Alvarez

Wilkie Collins - Jezebel's Daughter artwork Jezebel's Daughter
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1888
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A brilliant chemist and a shrewd businessman — die on the same day. The widow of the chemist, Mrs. Fontaine, is left with the poisons he was researching , while Mrs. Wagner is left with her husband's mental health institution reforms and his plans for hiring women along with men in his firm's offices. Mrs. Wagner believes in treating madmen gently, and requests for the funny little man Jack Straw to be released from the madhouse. At the same time, her nephew David Glenney is sent to the Frankfurt office, where he works with Mr Engelmann and Mr Keller. The Keller sun, Fritz, has fallen in love with Minna Fontaine, but the prospect of marriage is not being approved of by his father because Madame Fontaine is said to be in debt after her husband's death.


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Jezebel's Daughter - Wilkie Collins

Wilkie Collins - I Say No artwork I Say No
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1883
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Emily Brown is an orphan girl that almost no one can help but love when they meet her. She is pursued by two worthy men: Mr. Alban Morris, the drawing master at her school; and Rev. Miles Mirabel, a clergyman. However, one of them is lying to her after she discovers that her father's death wasn't natural, as she was led to believe.


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I Say No - Wilkie Collins

Allan Pinkerton - The Somnambulist and the Detective artwork The Somnambulist and the Detective
Allan Pinkerton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 30 June 1884
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Once the toast of good society in Victoria's England, the extraordinary conjurer Edward Moon no longer commands the respect that he did in earlier times. Still, each night he returns to the stage of his theater to amaze his devoted, albeit dwindling, audience, aided by his partner, the Somnambulist—a silent, hairless, hulking giant who, when stabbed, does not bleed. But these are strange, strange times in England, with the oddest of sorts prowling London's dank underbelly. And the very bizarre death of a disreputable actor has compelled a baffled police constabulary to turn once again to Edward Moon for help—inevitably setting in motion events that will shatter his increasingly tenuous grasp on reality.


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The Somnambulist and the Detective - Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton - Bucholz and the Detectives artwork Bucholz and the Detectives
Allan Pinkerton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1883
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The following pages narrate a story of detective experience, which, in many respects, is alike peculiar and interesting, and one which evinces in a marked degree the correctness of one of the cardinal principles of my detective system, viz. : 'That crime can and must be detected by the pure and honest heart obtaining a controlling power over that of the criminal'.


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Bucholz and the Detectives - Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton - The Expressman and the Detective artwork The Expressman and the Detective
Allan Pinkerton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1883
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This was also one of those mysteries where you know who done it but not how. However, as the story went along the author was able to captivate with the story. It's fascinating to hear how detectives worked.


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The Expressman and the Detective - Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton - The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives artwork The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives
Allan Pinkerton
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1883
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a detective novel. In the pages which follow I have narrated a story of actual occurrence. No touch of fiction obscures the truthful recital. The crime which is here detailed was actually committed, and under the circumstances which I have related. The four young men, whose real names are clothed with the charitable mantle of fiction, deliberately perpetrated the deed for which they suffered and to-day are inmates of a prison. No tint or coloring of the imagination has given a deeper touch to the action of the story, and the process of detection is detailed with all the frankness and truthfulness of an active participant.


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The Burglar's Fate And The Detectives - Allan Pinkerton

George Alfred Henty - Colonel Thorndyke's Secret artwork Colonel Thorndyke's Secret
George Alfred Henty
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 15 November 1902
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

The plot of the story hinges upon the possession of a valuable bracelet of diamonds, stolen from a Hindoo idol by a British soldier in India. This bracelet falls into the possession of Colonel Thorndyke, who, shortly afterward, is sent home to England because of his wounds. The secret concerning the bracelet is told to the Colonel's brother, a country squire, and the treasure is left to younger members of the Thorndyke family.


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Colonel Thorndyke's Secret - George Alfred Henty

Wilkie Collins - Hide and Seek artwork Hide and Seek
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 01 January 1964
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

Mary Grice is courted and seduced by a man calling himself Arthur Carr. Carr is called away on business, and his letters to Mary (presumably professing his honourable intentions toward her) are intercepted by Mary’s sister Joanna, who considers Carr to be socially inferior to the Grices. Joanna drives the pregnant, unmarried Mary from the family home. Mary gives birth to a daughter and dies miserably, attended only by performers from a travelling circus. Mary Jr. becomes a circus performer and is struck deaf and dumb after a riding accident, making her one of several of Collins’ characters with severe physical disabilities. She is exploited by the circus owner, and to rescue her Mrs Peckover takes her to the home of a minister, Dr Joyce. There Valentine Blyth, a painter, sees her and himself adopts her. Mary Jr. grows up beautiful and acquires the nickname Madonna for her resemblance to figures of the Virgin Mary in Italian Renaissance painting.


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Hide and Seek - Wilkie Collins

Émile Gaboriau - Secret des Champdoce. English artwork Secret des Champdoce. English
Émile Gaboriau
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1872
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

A novel of high life and misdeeds, by the author who inspired Sherlock Holmes. The conclusion of Caught in the Net. The story centers around two young men, both penniless, both ignorant of their past, and a mysterious organization of blackmailers, hiding behind the guise of a respectable employment agency.


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Secret des Champdoce. English - Émile Gaboriau

Richard de Bury - The Love of Books artwork The Love of Books
Richard de Bury
Genre: Police Procedural
Publish Date: 31 December 1344
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

This is a mystery book. And indeed if so wonderful a prophet, having a fore-knowledge of divine secrets, wished so anxiously to consider how he might gratefully repay the blessings graciously bestowed, what can we do, who are but rude thanks givers and most greedy receivers, laden with infinite divine benefits? Assuredly we ought with anxious deliberation and abundant consideration, having first invoked the Sevenfold Spirit, that it may burn in our musings as an illuminating fire, fervently to prepare a way without hinderance, that the bestower of all things may be cheerfully worshipped in return for the gifts that He has bestowed, that our neighbour may be relieved of his burden, and that the guilt contracted by sinners every day may be redeemed by the atonement of alms giving. Forewarned therefore through the admonition of the Psalmist's devotion by Him who alone prevents and perfects the goodwill of man, without Whom we have no power even so much as to think, and Whose gift we doubt not it is, if we have done anything good, we have diligently inquired and considered in our own heart as well as with others, what among the good offices of various works of piety would most please the Almighty, and would be more beneficial to the Church Militant.


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The Love of Books - Richard de Bury

Wilkie Collins - The Law and the Lady artwork The Law and the Lady
Wilkie Collins
Genre: Crime & Thrillers
Publish Date: 31 December 1874
Publisher: Public Domain
Seller: Public Domain

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 his guilt but without enough proof for a jury to convict him. Valeria sets out to save their happiness by proving her husband innocent of the crime. In her quest, she comes across the disabled character Miserrimus Dexter, a fascinating but mentally unstable genius, and his devoted female cousin, Ariel. Dexter will prove crucial to uncovering the disturbing truth behind the mysterious death.


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The Law and the Lady - Wilkie Collins


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