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The Spider

by Hanns Heinz Ewers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

"When the student of medicine, Richard Bracquemont, decided to move into room #7 of the small Hotel Stevens, Rue Alfred Stevens (Paris 6), three persons had already hanged themselves from the cross-bar of the...


The Drums of Jeopardy

by Harold MacGrath Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Drums of Jeopardy is a 1920 American novel by Harold MacGrath. The story was serialized by The Saturday Evening Post beginning in January 1920. From Wikipedia (CC BY-SA).


The After House

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Mary Roberts Rinehart (1876-1958) was an American author of hundreds of short stories, poems, travelogues and special articles. Some of her very successful books and plays, such as "The Bat" (1920) were adapted...


The Efficiency Expert

by Edgar Rice Burroughs Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Efficiency Expert, an often overlooked by Burroughs' fans, is a cracking tale of young Jimmy Torrance, an upstanding college graduate in post-World War I Chicago who inadvertently rubs shoulders with mobsters...


The Bat

by Mary Roberts Rinehart Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Poli's Theatre, S.Z. Poli, proprietor, presenting Shubert attractions. Wagenhals & Kemper present "The Bat," by Mary Roberts Rinehart and Avery Hopwood (authors of 'Spanish Love'). The play staged under the...


Desperate Remedies

by Thomas Hardy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Described by Hardy as a tale of "mystery, entanglement, surprise and moral obliquity", his first published novel violated the literary decorum of its day with blackmail, murder, and romance. It relates the story...


The Prisoner of Zenda

by Anthony Hope Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Prisoner of Zenda is an adventure novel by Anthony Hope, published in 1894. The king of the fictional country of Ruritania is abducted on the eve of his coronation, and the protagonist, an English gentleman...


Rupert of Hentzau

by Anthony Hope Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Rupert of Hentzau is a sequel by Anthony Hope to The Prisoner of Zenda, written in 1895, but not published until 1898.

Queen Flavia, dutifully but unhappily married to her cousin Rudolf V, writes to her true...


The Yellow Claw

by Sax Rohmer Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The elusive Oriental villain known as Mr. King masterminds an insidious plot to hold London's wealthy at his mercy. His henchmen have already killed one socialite, and more are threatened. Hot on the trail are...


The Jewel of Seven Stars

by Bram Stoker Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

A mysterious attack on Margaret Trelawny's father brings young lawyer Malcolm Ross into the eminent Egyptologist's home; amid mummies and Oriental relics, ancient forces greater than they previously could have...


The Pit: A Story of Chicago

by Frank Norris Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Norris described The Pit as a fictitious narrative of a "deal" in the Chicago wheat pit, which is the nickname of the trading floor of the Chicago Board of Trade, where commodities are traded like stocks and...


Fifty Candles

by Earl Derr Biggers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

From the pen of the creator of the famous Chinese detective, Charlie Chan--a murder mystery in San Francisco and the only clue is a birthday cake with 50 candles.


Fantômas

by Pierre Souvestre & Marcel Allain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Fantômas was introduced a few years after Arsène Lupin, another well-known thief. But whereas Lupin draws the line at murder, Fantômas has no such qualms and is shown as a sociopath who enjoys killing in...


The Survivors of the Chancellor

by Jules Verne Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Survivors of the Chancellor: Diary of J. R. Kazallon, Passenger is an 1875 novel written by Jules Verne about the final voyage of a British sailing ship, the Chancellor, told from the perspective of one...


Number Seventeen

by Louis Tracy Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Sparring police partners Winter and Furneaux are back at each others throats in this mystery-thriller, as they solve the murder of Edith Lester, occupant of room Number Seventeen.


A Royal Prisoner

by Pierre Souvestre & Marcel Allain Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The daring exploits of Fantômas in his attempts to get possession of the King of Hesse-Weimar's famous diamond.


Seven Keys to Baldpate

by Earl Derr Biggers Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Baldpate Inn has a mystery and seven keys. The novelist has one. The other six fall into the hands of six apparent lunatics: 1. a hermit who flees from barbers and women has a key, 2. a peroxide blonde who "just...


Geek Mafia: Mile Zero

by Rick Dakan Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Key West-southernmost point in the United States, Mile Zero on Highway 1; and as far as you can run away from your past troubles without swimming to Cuba. Key West-originally Cayo Huesos or Isle of Bones, for...


What's Bred in the Bone

by Grant Allen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

This was the top-prize-winning novel from 20,000 entries in one of the richest literary awards ever offered in Britain. Its convoluted and colorful plot turns on questions of heredity and atavism: the ancestry...


The Thames Valley Catastrophe

by Grant Allen Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Two bicyclists, one a Londoner, the other an American geologist named Ward, out for a pleasant bicycle trip in the idyllic Thames valley, meet at a small village inn on the west bank of the Thames. Their parlor...


The Man Who Was Thursday: a Nightmare

by Gilbert Keith Chesterton Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

The Man Who Was Thursday: A Nightmare is a novel by G. K. Chesterton, first published in 1908. The book has been referred to as a metaphysical thriller. The novel has been described as "one of the hidden hinges...


Basil

by Wilkie Collins Open BookShelf (March 25, 2018)

Basil, a serious young man of good family, becomes infatuated with a veiled woman he sees on an omnibus, Margaret Sherwin, the young daughter of a linen draper. They marry, but the marriage is kept secret. When...


Nightmare Abbey

by Thomas Love Peacock Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Published in 1818, Peacock’s novella Nightmare Abbey is a gentle satire of the then-popular gothic movement in literature. He pokes fun at the genre’s obsessions and most of the book’s characters are caricatures...


The Man Who Was Thursday

by G. K. Chesterton Standard Ebooks (February 16, 2018)

Sometimes described as thrilling, sometimes as comic, and sometimes as metaphysical or spiritual, The Man Who Was Thursday is perhaps a little of each. The tale begins when an undercover policeman infiltrates...


The Insidious Dr. Fu-Manchu

by Sax Rohmer Metheun Publishing (February 16, 2018)

The Mystery of Dr. Fu Manchu (1913) is the first novel in the Dr. Fu Manchu (sometimes "Fu-Manchu") series by Sax Rohmer. It collates various short stories published the preceding year. The novel was also published...


Priya's Mirror

by Paromita Vohra & Ram Devineni Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The second chapter of Priya's Shakti. Priya joins forces with a group of acid attack survivors as they fight against the demon-king, Ahankar, and his tyrannical hold on them.


The Second Bat Guano War

by J.M. Porup Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

From former Lonely Planet author J.M. Porup comes this gritty South American noir...

Rats ate his baby daughter while he partied in a disco. Now Horace "Horse" Mann is a drugged-out expat teaching English to...


Root of Unity

by SL Huang Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

Back for book three . . .

Cas Russell has always used her superpowered mathematical skills to dodge snipers or take down enemies. Oh, yeah, and make as much money as possible on whatever unsavory gigs people...


Headshot

by Julien Boyer Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

I've never had a dad. My mom was shot dead in front of me when I was five. You probably guessed I'm not a very typical teenager. My nightmares are so nasty I wake up more tired than when I go to bed. I thought...


Beautiful Red

by M. Darusha Wehm Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

The future is boring. Technology has solved most of the world’s most pressing problems, leaving people with tedious work and mundane play. Jack is a Security Officer Class 5, which sounds important, but isn’t....


Priya's Shakti

by Ram Devineni Open BookShelf (January 30, 2018)

A mortal woman and the Goddess Parvati fight against gender-based sexual violence in India and around the world in this layered storytelling project and augmented reality comic book, supporting the movement...


Half Life

by SL Huang SL Huang (January 30, 2018)

Book 2 of the Russell's Attic series — the sequel to Zero Sum Game

Cas Russell is back — and so is her deadly supermath.

Cas may be an antisocial mercenary who uses her instant calculating skills to mow down...