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  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions; Mystery & Supernatural edition (9 July 2012)
  • Language: English, French
  • ISBN-10: 1840226870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840226874
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3.7 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Crossman on 18 Oct 2012
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Arsene Lupin is Sherlock Holmes but with a razor sharp sense of humour.
Contained with the 739 pages are four stories. They are;
"Arsene Lupin Versus Holmlock Shears"
"The Confessions Of Arsene Lupin"
"The Golden Triangle"
"The Eight Strokes of the Clock"
These wonderful tales are proceeded by a six page introduction by David Stuart Davies.
Davies primes the reader perfectly and none more so than with the following exchange, highlighted in the introduction, from "Arsene Lupin Versus Holmlock Shears";

'Do you mean you are still a vegetarian?'
'Yes, more than ever' said Lupin.
'From taste? Conviction? Habit?'
'For reasons of health'
'And do you never break your rule?'
'Oh yes...When I go out to dinner, so as not to appear eccentric.'

Wonderful stuff at a superb price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By minoru on 29 Jun 2013
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Brilliant stories and so very French. It provided me with a great deal of entertaining reading whilst on holiday, and is another book I keep coming back to. A shame there may not be any more. Excellent.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Knott on 29 Jun 2013
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All the Arsene Lupin stories in one volume, the short stories are very good, the longer ones a little bit drawn out but still worth reading. Arsene Lupin is almost inhumanely clever, godlike you might say, and this can get a bit too much, but the writing is good and the ideas ingenious
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4 entertaining books about a sly, dapper, gentleman thief 24 Jun 2014
By LIBRARIAN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
French author Maurice Leblanc's protagonist, Arsene Lupin, is akin to Raffles and Simon Templar (the Saint) in that he is a sly and mischievious gentleman thief, a lawbreaker who always baffles and perplexes the police but occasionally indirectly assists them. These generally lighthearted stories (translated from the French into English) are surprisingly entertaining and enjoyable despite their age, but while they will prove to be great fun for many modern readers, undoubtedly they will not appeal to everyone.

This nicely-formatted edition of Arsene Lupin tales appears in Wordsworth's "Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural" series, but that is misleading; these stories DO fall into the mystery category, but they are definitely NOT supernatural. This omnibus consists of 4 Lupin books. #1 is ARSENE LUPIN VERSUS HOLMLOCK SHOLMES, two long novellas involving Sherlock Holmes (whose name had to be changed for copyright reasons when this was originally published). #2 is CONFESSIONS OF ARSENE LUPIN, a collection of ten short stories. #3 is a full-length novel, THE RETURN OF ARSENE LUPIN (aka THE GOLDEN TRIANGLE), and #4 is THE EIGHT STROKES OF THE CLOCK, a collection of 8 short stories. These four books are preceded by an informative introduction that nicely introduces the famous French character to those unfamiliar with him and his exploits.

While this is a nice helping of Lupin books, there are other sets available in the Kindle Store which provide much more Lupin for less money. Timeless Wisdom offers a set of 9 books for $.99. A Halcyon set claims to contain 12 titles for $1.99 -- but actually has only 11 since one story is repeated under different titles by two different translators; you might not care as much for its formatting, and there is no introduction (but that is how I first encountered Arsene Lupin, and I still like it). To see it type "Halcyon Lupin" in the Kindle Store searchbox. For $2.99 the Perfect Library edition provides 15 Leblanc books (not all featuring Lupin), also without introductory material; it is pretty good. Some of Leblanc's books can be found as public domain freebies. Many individual stories are also offered for sale, but for the price of any one of them you could purchase this omnibus or one of the aforementioned bundles.

While this Wordsworth omnibus edition is a quality ebook of entertaining Lupin stories (which is why I have rated it 5 stars), you should compare it to the other Maurice Leblanc collections I mentioned before you make your final decision.
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