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Sister Simon's Murder Case

By: Margaret Ann Hubbard

Set in the picturesque wilds of a Midwestern resort town at the height of the tourist season, Sister Simon’s Murder case begins with the murder of a terrified elderly lady, Dannie Grear. But what was she so afraid of? And who is the killer who keeps attacking anyone he thinks may know too much? The opinionated local police ran into one obstacle after another in their attempts to find the elusive killer. But the menace was effectively removed by the independent investigat...

Fiction, Mystery

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Silent Barrier, The

By: Louis Tracy

Charles K. Spencer is a well-to-do young American mining engineer. Drinking his water in a hotel in London one day, he overhears a conversation between two young women, one of whom is to go to Switzerland. He decides to play fairy godfather and send the other girl there as well, also to further her career as a writer for a scientific journal. However, the girl is shadowed on her journey by the mysterious Mr. Bower. Convinced that Bower is a rogue, Mr. Spencer decides to ...

Fiction, Mystery, Romance

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Peep Behind the Scenes, A

By: Mrs. O.F. Walton

Rosalie is the daughter of a traveling theater master and is envied by many young girls as she appears to live a life full of glamour, glitz, and glory. But beneath the happy smiling face is a hurting heart, a deep sorrow for her dying mother, and a wretched life. Follow Rosalie as she learns of the Good Shepherd who loves and cares for her, and begins to trust Him for daily strength. (Summary by Abigail Rasmussen)

Fiction, Religion, Teen/Young adult

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Arme Spielmann, Der

By: Franz Grillparzer

Auf dem Weg zur Brigittenauer Kirchweihe fällt dem Erzähler ein alter Geigenspieler auf. Durch ein kurzes Gespräch neugierig geworden, besucht er ihn einige Tage später in seiner Wohnung. Dort erzählt ihm der Spielmann seine tragische Lebensgeschichte. Franz Grillparzer zählt zu den wichtigsten österreichischen Dramatikern. Er wird auch gerne als der österreichische Nationaldichter bezeichnet. Der arme Spielmann, erschienen 1848, ist eine von nur zwei Novellen Grillparze...

Fiction, Literature, Music

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Best Russian Short Stories

By: Various

In this collection of Russian stories, editor and compiler Thomas Seltzer selects from a range of the best examples of 19th and early 20th century Russian literature. As a survey of famous authors at the height of the powers, as well as some writers who have been unjustly neglected, this anthology is indispensable. (Summary by Nullifidian) Everything is subordinated to two main requirements--humanitarian ideals and fidelity to life. This is the secret of the marvellous s...

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Good Wives

By: Louisa May Alcott

Louisa May Alcott's overwhelming success dated from the appearance of the first part of Little Women: or Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy, (1868) a semi-autobiographical account of her childhood years with her sisters in Concord, Massachusetts. Part two, or Part Second, also known as Good Wives, (1869) followed the March sisters into adulthood and their respective marriages. (Summary from Wikipedia)

Fiction

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Short Story Collection Vol. 051

By: Various

’s Short Story Collection 051: a collection of 20 short works of fiction in the public domain read by a group of members.

Short stories, Fiction

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Adrift in New York

By: Jr. Horatio Alger

John Linden is a very wealthy man. The people who should inherit his property are his nephew, Curtis Waring, his niece Florence Linden, and his long lost son - if alive. John thinks it would be best if Florence and Curtis were married, and makes it a requirement if Florence wishes to have any of the property. A boy named Dodger was sent to steal one of the wills of John Linden so that Curtis would inherit all the property. But Florence prevents Dodger from stealing, and ...

Fiction

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Hand of Fu-Manchu, The

By: Sax Rohmer

Further adventures of Nayland Smith and Doctor Petrie as they continue their battles against the evil genius, Dr Fu-Manchu. (summary by Elaine Twiddle)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

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Lost Princess, The

By: George MacDonald

Also known as A Double Story or The Wise Woman. The story of two very spoiled girls, a princess and a peasant, who are kidnapped by a strange woman for a lesson in life. They may not emerge the same... but will their parents be changed for the better too? (Summary by Cheyenne)

Fairy tales, Fiction

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Kerstlied in Proza, Een (A Christmas Carol)

By: Charles Dickens

A Christmas Carol' is een Victoriaanse allegorie over een oude en verbitterde vrek, Ebenezer Scrooge, die in de nacht voor Kerstmis een aantal dromen heeft… (Samenvatting van Wikipedia) This is the Dutch translation of the book: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens.

Fiction, Holiday

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Star of Gettysburg, The

By: Joseph A. Altsheler

The Army of Northern Virginia, still victorious after three hard years of fighting, capitalize on their victories at Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville, and a young Harry Kenton, is an eyewitness to the Confederate invasion of the north, culminating in the epic three-day struggle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where Robert E. Lee puts into place a strategy that will end the war, or shatter his army. (Introduction by Robert Fletcher)

Adventure, Fiction, Historical Fiction, War stories

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Our Own Set

By: Ossip Schubin

The Austrian nobility in Rome forms a very close circle, into which only those of high rank and wealth are admitted. They managed to get along with Cecil Sterzl, who, although not one of their own, is regarded as quite an amiable man. However, when he brings his younger sister Zinka into that circle, she is received very coldly at first, if at all. And when, with her fresh and unaffected manners, she wins one heart after another, especially that of the handsome Count Sem...

Fiction, Romance

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Tales of Unrest

By: Joseph Conrad

Tales of Unrest (1898) is the first collection of short stories by Joseph Conrad published in his lifetime. Joseph Conrad (1857–1924), a Polish-born English novelist, was a master in the formats of long short story and novella, a form of story longer than conventional short story but shorter than a novel. Some of Conrad's most acclaimed works have been written in these formats, most notably Heart of Darkness (1899). Tales of Unrest contains five stories; Karain: A Memory...

Short stories, Fiction, Literature

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Lady Rose's Daughter

By: Mrs. Humphry Ward

Julie Le Breton enchants almost everyone around her with her smart, charm, and excellent manners. She almost belongs to the English highest nobility, but just almost… Her parents, 2 aristocrats who ran away from England in order to be together, could never marry - because her mother was married to someone else. Therefore, she is forced to work for the cruel Lady Henry Delafield, who hates her. She has a few good friends, amongst whom are 2 admirers… And that is only the ...

Fiction

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Valley of Fear, The

By: Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

Doyle's final novel featuring the beloved sleuth, Sherlock Holmes, brings the detective and his friend to a country manor where they are preceded by either a murder or a suicide. A secretive organization lies culprit and an infiltration of it is in order. (Summary by Katie Riley)

Adventure, Fiction, Mystery

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Room with a View, A

By: E. M. Forster

When Lucy Honeychurch travels to Italy with her cousin, she meets George Emerson, a bohemian and an atheist who falls in love with her. Upon her return to England, she is forced to choose between free-spirited George and her more conventional fiancé, Cecil Vyse. The story is both a romance and a critique of English society at the beginning of the 20th century. (Summary from wikipedia)

Romance, Fiction, Literature

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Het witte doek

By: Gerard Stout

Een toevallige ontmoeting leidt tot een terugblik op de oorsprong en een vereffening met het verleden. Psychologisch getinte novelle. Associatief taalspel.

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tiefes Geheimnis, Ein

By: Wilkie Collins

Alle halten die Gesellschafterin Sara Leeson für eine rätselhafte Person. Nach dem Tod ihrer Herrin Mistreß Treverton versteckt sie einen Brief im unbewohnten Flügel des Herrenhauses und verschwindet spurlos. 15 Jahre später ist die Tochter von Mistreß Treverton frisch verheiratet. Als sie erkrankt, wird eine Pflegerin aus der Nachbarschaft engagiert. Dieses macht sich durch ihr seltsames Verhalten und die übergroße Anteilnahme an ihrem Pflegling verdächtig. (Zusammenfassung von Hokuspokus)

Fiction

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Turmoil, The (Volume 1 of the Growth Trilogy)

By: Booth Tarkington

The Turmoil is the first novel in the 'Growth' trilogy, which also includes The Magnificent Ambersons (1918) and The Midlander (1923, retitled National Avenue in 1927). In 1942 Orson Welles directed a film version based on volume 2, also titled The Magnificent Ambersons. The trilogy traces the growth of the United States through the declining fortunes of three generations of the aristocratic Amberson family in a fictional Mid-Western town, between the end of the Civil Wa...

Fiction, Literature

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