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“Why, yes; and not exactly that, either. The fact is, we have all been a good deal puzzled because the affair is so simple, and yet baffles us altogether.” Poe’s Auguste Dupin, the first literary detective, is called on a curious case.
In an ancient African kingdom, a horrible prophecy hits three respectable dinners in the middle of a luxurious feast. A startling cautionary tale of a society convinced it has reached the pinnacle of sophistication. Science fiction writing at its best.
“Her room here is bigger than the one at home, light blue and mauve – she got to choose the wallpaper herself. The floor is covered in soft carpet so that she won’t feel cold, and the windows are shut tight. Otherwise the snow might crack them in winter, Dad has said. But she knows that it’s to stop her from escaping.”
At the beginning of the 19th century, the people of Tarrytown, New York are being terrified by The Headless Horseman–perhaps America’s most famous ghost. A Gothic classic that provides a crystal-clear image of the United States right after the Revolutionary War.
A spidery man falls in love with a sewing machine and is tempted to bring her some murderous sacrifices. Sounds bizarre? A brilliant Gothic story from a debut collection by a young Canadian writer.
Loretta and Blue got married too young, and had to give up their dreams. But when Blue starts becoming violent, Loretta decides to stop being a victim and to put an end to the matter once and for all. A compelling story about a family tragedy, published in The Best American Mystery Stories anthology.
An actor-turned-spy is sent to a remote moon on Neptune to free a mysterious inventor who has been held captive there after a recent revolution. But what is his real relationship to her? And how much does she already know about him? A sci-fi thriller with a touch of John le Carré.
The Paris Police chief Aristide Valentin is on the trail of the arch-criminal Flambeau, and his only lead is this master-of-disguise’s unusual height. The first Father Brown detective story by G. K. Chesterton.