Tag Archives: mysteries

May 12

June 20, 2016 Release: L.A. Sleepers, a Hollywood Ghostwriter Mystery by Dakota Donovan

When elderly Hollywood producer Milton Kingman says he’s dying and needs someone to write his memoir, Dakota Donovan takes the job. The pay is lousy and the hours are worse, but the ghostwriter has no other options at the moment. What starts out as a standard “as told to” assignment soon becomes a long, strange […]

October 09

The Detective Stories of Edgar Allan Poe featuring C. Auguste Dupin

“It is because I liked Edgar Allan Poe’s stories so much that I began to make suspense films.” ALFRED HITCHCOCK “Where was the detective story until Poe breathed the breath of life into it?” ARTHUR CONAN DOYLE “Mr. Poe has that indescribable something that men have agreed to call genius.” JAMES RUSSELL LOWELL “Poe constantly and inevitably produced […]

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October 05

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Mystery & Fantasy Stories

Mystery & Fantasy Stories features four mysterious and fantastic tales from America’s premier author, F. Scott Fitzgerald. The volume includes “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” the short story that served as the basis for the 2008 film starring Brad Pitt. “Fitzgerald had one of the rarest qualities in all of literature…the word is charm…a […]

October 05

Ghost Stories by Edith Wharton

Ghost Stories  features ten ghostly tales of the Gilded Age from one of America’s finest writers — Edith Wharton (1862-1937), author of The Age of Innocence, winner of the 1920 Pulitzer Prize. “Wharton’s graceful sentences create dramatic, populous tableaux and peel back layer after layer of artifice and pretense, of what we say and how […]

September 21

The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

The story had held us, round the fire, sufficiently breathless, but except the obvious remark that it was gruesome, as, on Christmas Eve in an old house, a strange tale should essentially be, I remember no comment uttered till somebody happened to say that it was the only case he had met in which such […]

September 21

Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

“…Stevenson’s short novel, written in 1885, is one of the ancestors of the modern mystery story…not only a good ‘bogey story,’ as Stevenson exclaimed when awakening from a dream in which he had visualized it…It is also, and more importantly, a fable that lies nearer to poetry than to ordinary prose fiction, and therefore belongs […]

September 18

Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“I busied myself to think of a story…one which would speak to the mysterious fears of our nature, and awaken thrilling horror — one to make the reader dread to look round, to curdle the blood, and quicken the beatings of the heart.” MARY SHELLEY (introduction to the 1831 edition) “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein is a […]

September 15

Death at the Excelsior and Other Stories by P.G. Wodehouse

The title story, “Death at the Excelsior,” introduces readers to British private detective Elliot Oaks and his more experienced boss Paul Snyder in P.G. Wodehouse’s only attempt at a detective story, which he pulls off with his signature comic twists and turns. The collection also offers a selection of other classic Wodehouse tales, including those […]

September 14

The Red House Mystery by A.A. Milne

“…one of the three best mystery stories of all time.” ALEXANDER WOLCOTT “…an agreeable book, light, amusing in the Punch style, written with a deceptive smoothness that is not as easy as it looks.” RAYMOND CHANDLER ”This droll whodunit from the creator of Winnie-the-Pooh sparkles with witty dialogue, deft plotting, and an amusing cast. In […]