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The Ultimate British Mystery Megapack
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THE MYSTERIOUS AFFAIR AT STYLES By Agatha Christie
Agatha Christie introduces the world to her detective extraordinaire Hercule Poirot in this ‘cozy mystery’ classic. ‘Styles’ was Christie's first published novel, introducing not only the Belgian super-sleuth but also Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Arthur Hastings. When we first meet Poirot, a Belgian refugee of the Great War, he is settling in England near the home of Emily Cavendish, who helped him to his new life. His friend Hastings arrives as a guest at her home. When a woman is killed, Poirot uses his detective skills to solve the mystery.
THE SECRET AGENT By Joseph Conrad
Few people realize that Joseph Conrad invented the terrorist-spy genre in 1907 with his novella The Secret Agent: A Simple Tale. The Secret Agent was one of the “the three works of literature most cited in the American media" around the two weeks following September 11, 2001.”
The story is set in London in 1886 and deals largely with the life of Mr. Verloc and his job as a spy. ‘The Secret Agent’ is notable as one of Conrad's later political novels, which move away from his typical tales of seafaring. The novel deals broadly with the notions of anarchism, espionage, and terrorism and depicts the type of anarchist and revolutionary groups which sprouted up before many of the social uprisings of the early twentieth century. Recently, ‘The Secret Agent’ was ranked the 46th best novel of the 20th century by Modern Library.
THE MAN WHO WOULD BE KING By Rudyard Kipling
Billy Fish: “He wants to know if you are gods.” Peachy Carnehan: “Not gods - Englishmen. The next best thing.”
Rudyard Kipling’s 1888 novella ‘The Man Who Would Be King’ is an under-rated gem. The powerful story of lost treasure, love and human weakness was adapted into a Best Picture nominated movie in 1976 but has largely been forgotten by today’s generation.
A CHRISTMAS TRAGEDY By Baroness Orczy
A Five Part Lady Molly Mystery!
From the author of The Scarlet Pimpernell, comes a story featuring one of literature’s first female detectives. Molly Robertson-Kirk a.k.a. Lady Molly shares the same mental prowess as C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes but brings a woman’s wit to the table making for a formidable crime buster. Join her as she solves the murder of Major Ceeley on Christmas Eve in Inverness, Scotland.
THE DEAD SECRET By Wilkie Collins
The secret of the title is the parentage of the heroine, Rosamund Treverton, who has been passed off as the daughter of the wealthy former actress Mrs Treverton of Porthgenna Tower, but is in fact the illegitimate child of her servant Sarah Leeson by a local miner (Mrs Treverton’s motive was to provide her husband with a child, being apparently unable to bear children herself). Sarah writes down the details of the secret from the words of the dying Mrs Treverton, and hides the paper bearing the message in an unused room at Porthgenna. Much of the novel is set in Cornwall, one of Collins’ favourite English counties, which also features in his early melodrama 'Basil.'
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Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie, DBE (née Miller; 15 September 1890 – 12 January 1976) was an English crime novelist, short story writer, and playwright. She also wrote six romances under the name Mary Westmacott, but she is best known for the 66 detective novels and 14 short story collections she wrote under her own name, most of which revolve around the investigations of such characters as Hercule Poirot, Miss Jane Marple and Tommy and Tuppence. She also wrote the world's longest-running play, 'The Mousetrap.' The Guinness Book of World Records lists Christie as the best-selling novelist of all time.
Joseph Conrad was born in the Ukraine in 1857 and grew up under Tsarist autocracy. In 1874 Conrad travelled to Marseilles, where he served in French merchant vessels before joining a British ship in 1878 as an apprentice. In 1886 he obtained British nationality. He produced such modern classics as Youth, Heart of Darkness, Lord Jim, Typhoon, Nostromo, The Secret Agent and Under Western Eyes.
Baroness Emma Magdolna Rozália Mária Jozefa Borbála "Emmuska" Orczy de Orczi (1865– 1947) was a Hungarian-born British novelist, playwright and artist of noble origin. She is most known for her series of novels featuring the Scarlet Pimpernel.
Joseph Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) was an English short-story writer, poet, and novelist. He wrote tales and poems of British soldiers in India and stories for children. He was born in Bombay, in the Bombay Presidency of British India, and was taken by his family to England when he was five years old. Kipling's works of fiction include The Jungle Book, the Just So Stories (1902), Kim (1901), and many short stories. His poems include "Mandalay" (1890), "Gunga Din" (1890), "The Gods of the Copybook Headings" (1919), "The White Man's Burden" (1899), and "If—" (1910). He is regarded as a major innovator in the art of the short story; his children's books are enduring classics of children's literature; and one critic described his work as exhibiting "a versatile and luminous narrative gift"
William Wilkie Collins (8 January 1824 – 23 September 1889) was an English novelist, playwright, and author of short stories. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name. Collins published his best known works in the 1860s, achieving financial stability and an international reputation.
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