The mysterious affair at styles

The mysterious affair at styles was Agatha Christie’s first published novel, introducing the one and only Hercule Poirot. Detective Poirot is one of Agatha Christie’s most famous and long-lived characters. Alongside Poirot, we will also meet Inspector (later, Chief Inspector) Japp, and Lieutenant Hastings (later, Captain), as well as a few very interesting characters.

In this classic and timeless novel, the story is told in the first person by Hastings and features many of the elements that have become icons of the Golden Age of Detective Fiction, largely due to Agatha Christie’s influence. The story is set in a large, isolated country manor. There are a half-dozen suspects, most of whom are hiding facts about themselves. The book includes maps of the house, maps of the murder scene, and a drawing of a fragment of a will. As in any great mystery novel, there are a number of red herrings and surprise plot twists. Who did it? Why? When? Who knew about it? Will justice be served?

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In this classic and timeless novel, we are immersed in a world that goes from sanity to insanity. In Wieland, we explore the realities of life on the eve of the American Revolution through religious delusions, fanaticism, and horrific violence. A family living on an estate outside Philadelphia is visited by mysterious voices, seemingly coming out of thin air. Soon thereafter, an itinerant character named Carwin will visit the family. Carwin is a mysterious stranger as well as a ventriloquist. Violence erupts when the family’s young patriarch believes that he hears God’s voice demanding a human sacrifice as a sign of faith. In the midst of all the insanity, the family will undergo a transformation involving horror, spontaneous combustion, false faith, psychological perversion, ventriloquism, and murder. Testing the limits of religious and literary authority in the new America, Brown’s novel has for more than two centuries kept readers debating questions of agency, accountability, and revolutionary politics as the story’s moral chaos unfolds.

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In this classic and timeless novel, we encounter the almost unforgiving nature of the seas when Captain MacWhirr and his crew battle a terrible storm. This novel is a masterful display of storytelling showcasing the completely different stances of those involved in a voyage that could have been doomed by the forces of nature.

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The path of the King

In this classic and timeless series of short stories, we experience a fascinating sequence of historical episodes and heroic adventures, from the Vikings to the historical period of Abraham Lincoln. The tales and adventures also include many other periods of history showcasing famous events such as The St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre or the adventures of Daniel Boone. What is the root of royal blood and are kings made or created? Following the adventures of a young Viking prince stranded in a strange world with nothing but a band of gold, which is passed from generation to generation, will get us closer to finding an answer in this epic adventure.

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The thirty-nine steps

In this classic and timeless novel, adventurer Richard Hannay has just returned to London from Rhodesia in order to begin a new life, when a freelance spy called Franklin P. Scudder calls on him to ask for help. Scudder reveals to Hannay that he has uncovered a German plot to murder the Greek Premier and steal British plans for the outbreak of war. Scudder claims to be following a ring of German spies called the Black Stone. A few days later, Hannay returns to his flat to find Scudder murdered. If Hannay goes to the police, he will be arrested for Scudder’s murder. So Hannay decides to continue Scudder’s work and his adventure begins. He escapes from the German spies watching the house and makes his way to Scotland, pursued both by the spies and by the police. But what is the secret behind the mysterious Thirty-Nine Steps and will Hannay resolve the mystery before disaster strikes?

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An Apache princess

“Under the willows at the edge of the pool a young girl sat daydreaming, though the day was nearly done. All in the valley was wrapped in shadow, though the cliffs and turrets across the stream were resplendent in a radiance of slanting sunshine. Not a cloud tempered the fierce glare of the arching heavens or softened the sharp outline of neighboring peak or distant mountain chain . . . . There is something about a night alarm of fire at a military post that borders on the thrilling. In the days whereof we write the buildings were not the substantial creations of brick and stone to be seen to-day, and those of the scattered ‘camps’ and stations in that arid, sun-scorched land of Arizona were tinder boxes of the flimsiest and most inflammable kind.”

In this classic and timeless Western novel, a young Lieutenant becomes a wanted man. In the midst of the wild west, an army post, the Apache, scouts, soldiers, and fighting, a love story will also unfold. A passionate Apache Princess and several other women will fall in love during these troubled times, complicating the realities of the characters in the story.

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The wonderful wizard of Oz

In this classic and timeless story, which is one of the true classics of American literature, Dorothy and her adventures have stirred the imagination of young and old alike for generations. Considered as the first American fairy tale, L. Frank Baum crafted a wonderful and imaginative story out of familiar places and characters. Dorothy will go through the adventure of a lifetime. In the story, we follow the adventures of young Dorothy Gale and her dog, Toto, as their Kansas house is swept away by a cyclone. Dorothy and Toto emerge in a strange and magical land called Oz. And it is at this very moment when one of the greatest and most imaginative adventures of all time begins. Dorothy will meet good and evil Witches, the Munchkins, the Scarecrow, the Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion, the mighty Wizard of Oz, and many other characters on her way through the famous yellow brick road leading to the Emerald City. Will Dorothy be able to get back home to Kansas? We shall see.

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The virginian

In this classic and timeless Western novel, The Virginian is a ranch hand at the Shiloh Ranch, located outside of Medicine Bow, Wyoming. He is described as a tall, dark, slim young giant, with a deep personality. His real name is never given. At first, he is only a worker, but halfway through the book, he is signed on as the full-time foreman. He is the Judge’s most trusted worker. Several times throughout the book, he is offered the chance to run down his enemy, Trampas, behind his back, but each time he refuses the temptation. It is made clear that he will not use his official position as foreman to crush any of the lower workers.

In the novel, one of the main plots is The Virginian’s ongoing romance with Molly Wood, the local schoolteacher. Being from the East, she is not used to the wild west, but he plays a perfect gentleman to her, intending her to like him, and to “love him before we get through.”

The Virginian is widely regarded as being the first cowboy novel and was reprinted fourteen times in eight months. The book was written in the library of The Philadelphia Club, where Owen Wister was a member, and is dedicated to Theodore Roosevelt.

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Parables of life and death

In this duo of classic and timeless stories, we explore the significance of life and death, in different yet similar circumstances.

In The Altar Of The Dead, the protagonist tries to keep the remembrance of his dead friends to save them from being forgotten entirely in the rush of everyday events; in attempting to accomplish his goals, the protagonist meets a woman who shares his ideals, only to find that the past places what seems to be an impassable barrier between them.

In The Beast In The Jungle, the protagonist is reacquainted with a woman, May Bartram, he knew ten years earlier. Yet, and despite fate having given them a second chance at love, her attempts to get close to him are compromised by a very peculiar belief; the protagonist believes that his life is to be defined by some catastrophic or spectacular event, waiting for him like a “beast in the jungle.”

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The castle of Otranto

In this classic and timeless novel, we are immersed in a tale of adventure, romance, death, suspense, and supernatural occurrences. The Castle of Otranto tells the story of Manfred, lord of the castle, and his family, while mysterious events aid in fulfilling a prophecy that spells doom for the ruler and justice for the rightful heir. After Manfred’s son is crushed to death by a gigantic helmet that falls on him from above, the mysterious prophecy will take control over the lives of all the protagonists in different ways. The Castle of Otranto is generally regarded as the first gothic novel, and Horatio Walpole, by extension, is arguably the forerunner to such authors as Charles Maturin, Ann Radcliffe, Bram Stoker, Edgar Allan Poe, and Daphne du Maurier.

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