Baroness Orczy isn’t only known for the famous adventure novel The Scarlet Pimpernel. She also gave life to one of the most nonconformist passive detectives you’ll ever find in literature. The Old Man in the Corner isn’t your average Sherlock Holmes; he is a nameless protagonist who sits in the corner of a London tea shop talking to a journalist about murder cases. He doesn’t trust the English police and their ways to solving a crime. Instead, he relies on logic and human behavioral patterns to identify to true killer.
The Picture of Dorian Gray is the only novel written by Oscar Wilde, and at the time of publication in 1891, it offended the moral sensibilities of the British. The novel tells the story of Dorian Gray, who sells his soul so that his beauty will never fade.
In The Passenger from Calais by Arthur Griffiths, Colonel Basil Annesley discovers that he is the only passenger traveling on the Engadine Express. When a mysterious woman shows up last minute with a servant and an infant Colonel Basil can only wonder what she is running from and where she might be headed.
The Outlet is an account of a drive when Andy Adams was the foreman of a herd of Texas cattle being driven to Montana.
The adventures of Nell Trent and her grandfather, both residents of The Old Curiosity Shop in London, that go on a journey with no destination. The novel focuses on the people they meet and connect on the way.
The door is locked and the windows are barred--how did the attacker escape? In The Yellow Room by Gaston Leroux, a template for detective novels in the last hundred years was established. This novel is a fun mystery read that is sure to surprise and delight fans of whodunit fiction
Rudolf Rassendyll is a life-tested Englishman visiting a small Central European kingdom named Ruritania. The soon-to-be king of Ruritania, Rudolf, fourth of his name, shares many physical features with the Englishman, but because of his royal blood, he remains naïve and unchallenged. His evil brother, Prince Michael hates him and doesn’t want Rudolf to take the crown. So he kidnaps him, leaving him in the small town of Zenda. Luckily for Ruritania though, Rudolf Rassendyll is willing to save the day.
Madame Mathilde Loisel is displeased: she cannot go to a fancy party because she doesn’t have anything to wear. Her husband tries to help her and gives her money to buy a new dress. She insists she also needs jewels so she borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, Madame Jeanne Forestier. After the party, Mathilde realizes that she lost the stunning necklace
Charlotte Bronte's The Professor is the story of William Crimsworth, his maturation, his loves and his eventual career as a professor at an all-girls school.
After the death of her father, Isabel Archer, a young American lady with many hopes and dreams decides to visit her aunt in England. Isabel wants to be independent and rejects the marriage proposals of two wealthy men. Her cousin wants to help her so he convinces his father on his deathbed to leave much of the estate to Isabel. Can the Lady finally fulfill her dreams?
The Mystery of the Sea by Bram Stoker contains the same compelling elements as “Dracula”. It’s a mixture of adventure, romance, mystery, and fantasy.
The Open Boat is a true story about Crane’s traumatic experience of surviving a shipwreck. He along with other three men were stranded at sea for 30 hours before trying to reach dry land. Experience alongside the four characters what it really means to be on the brink, when not even God is able to save you.
In The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow, a teenage girl is discovered dead with an arrow through her heart in a museum. The museum is closed and all the visitors are locked while the case is being investigated. Can you solve it first? For fans of Agatha Christie and other cozy mysteries
For many years uninhabited, the remote Cloomber Hall becomes the residence of General Heatherstone and his family. Surprisingly, the General avoids any human interactions and forbids his family to leave their new home. What is he hiding?
WARNING: The novel has never been finished as Dickens died before writing the actual ending. Edwin Drood mysteriously disappears after one night of reconciliation leaving many unanswered questions. Only his watch, chain and shirt pin are found. Who killed him? Was it the opium-addict uncle madly in love with Edwin’s betrothal, Rosa? Or maybe jealous Neville Landless who apparently made peace with Drood on the night of his disappearance.
Tryon Dunham's just been approached by a beautiful young woman at a train station. She's in danger and he wants to help, but before he can learn any more about her than her name and her flight to Chicago, she's gone. Will Tryon be able to find Mary?
James and Henry are two antagonistic brothers. Henry is willing to sacrifice everything for the good of the ones around him while James is a master of deception, ruthless and evil to the bone. Although both depart on different paths straight from the beginning, they eventually clash on more than several occasions. Whose side will you be?
A collection of autobiographical essays originally published as a series of magazine articles that reflect the Joseph Conrad's experiences at sea.
The Mysteries of Udolpho by Anne Radcliffe is about Emily St Avubert. The books follows Emily thru the death of her father, and supernatural terrors.
The Mill on the Floss by George Eliot follows the life of Maggie Tulliver, a young passionate and intelligent girl who seeks love and approval. Unfortunately, by growing up and facing the everyday life struggles, she learns that there is not black or white in life, no good or bad. Either decision she makes, somebody will eventually get hurt.
This is the story of the adventures of five prisoners of the American Civil War who decide to escape by hijacking a balloon and crash on a mysterious volcanic island.
In The Marrow of Tradition, Charles W. Chesnutt takes a page from the post- Civil War American history book and tries to bring it back to life so that the reader can truly understand the roots of race segregation. Set in the fictional southern town of Wellington, the action is based upon the real 1898 Wilmington insurrection that shook the American society to the ground. The novel takes the reader to uncharted territories where the emerging white aristocracy is trying to get rid of the ‘blacks’.
The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes is a collection of short stories featuring the famous detective and his assistant, Watson.
A collection of short comic stories by Nikolai Gogol that focus on the ugly and the sad elements in life.
The Monster is the story of an African-American who saves his master’s son from a fire and is severely disfigured in the process. The Blue Hotel tells the troubles of a man after staying at a hotel while His New Mittens presents the world as a young child sees it.