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FIVE NOVELS & FIFTY SHORT STORIES. (The Chase of the Golden Plate, The Diamond Master, Elusive Isabel, The High Hand, My Lady's Garter) (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 2305) by [FUTRELLE, JACQUES]
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FIVE NOVELS & FIFTY SHORT STORIES. (The Chase of the Golden Plate, The Diamond Master, Elusive Isabel, The High Hand, My Lady's Garter) (Timeless Wisdom Collection Book 2305) Kindle Edition


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  • Publisher: Business and Leadership Publishing (22 Aug. 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00MZGELRU
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5.0 out of 5 stars Old Stories Hold Up after 100 years. 10 Aug. 2016
By Steven A. Chase - Published on Amazon.com
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I read a novel by Max Collins that was a fictional account of murders on the Titanic before the sinking. The protagonist was Jacques Futrelle, who was a passenger on the Titanic (true), and was called upon by the captain to solve the murders because he wrote mysteries. In the forward, Mr. Collins wrote about a short story by Futrelle called Cell No. 9. I was thrilled when I saw this book on Amazon. The stories are in the genre of Sherlock Holmes and Hercule Poirot stories where a brilliant mind solves cases with the use of logic. The characters are well drawn, and the complex story lines are both fantastic and believable. This is a lot of book(s) for the money and a worthwhile read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic Mysteries 18 Jun. 2015
By Matthew J. Bayan - Published on Amazon.com
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Though the language is archaic, the stories are mostly entertaining and complex.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Just as I remembered them 6 Jun. 2015
By John Scalice - Published on Amazon.com
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I hold fond memories of some of these dtories purchased through SBS back in my school years in the 1960s. I was happy to run across the Kindle edition of these stories recently. They brought back lots of memories, just as I remembered them.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lot of reading for a good price. Unfortunately 7 May 2015
By Rebecca H. Holman - Published on Amazon.com
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Lot of reading for a good price. Unfortunately, Futrelle seems to have written one good story and everything else while clever is fairly trivial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tremendous value for so many great mystery "puzzles" 26 Aug. 2014
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This is one of at least 5 large Futrelle collections currently for sale in the Kindle Store at $.99 each. One from Ignacio Hills I find unpleasant to read because the text appears completely in bold print; I feel like I'm being screamed at. Another offers 49 stories but doesn't identify the publisher, so I didn't examine it. Among sets especially worth considering, Wildside Megapack offers 47 stories (3 novels and 44 s.s), the Books Revival Press edition offers 50 s.s. (no novels), and this Timeless Wisdom set offers 5 novels plus 50 s.s. (making it the largest of them all). One can get many, but not all, of Futrelle's works as public domain freebies in the Kindle Store, but to get so many handily bundled and TOC accessible for such a low price is truly a tremendous value (no matter which bundle you choose). Hitherto, as each new set appeared (first Ignacio Hills, then Wildside Megapack, and then BPR) I purchased it as an improvement over the one preceding it; now I think this Timeless edition is the best deal, and it is the one I would currently recommend.

Most of these tales feature Futrelle's brilliant detective Professor Augustus S.F.X. Van Dusen AKA "The Thinking Machine," a Holmes-like detective who uses his superior intellect to solve crimes. These old-fashioned, gaslight stories are essentially mystery-puzzles enabling him to demonstrate his crime-solving expertise. Some readers may feel he is, indeed, a bit too machine-like and the resolutions sometimes a tad too farfetched, but other readers will especially admire his keen reasoning and deductive skills. Overall, some stories are truly classic, most are quite okay, and only a few are outright howlers. But they should all prove entertaining and enjoyable to those who approach (and are willing to appreciate) them as reflections of a particular bygone time and place, because there is definitely no way these can be mistaken for modern detective stories. Still, I like them, and I especially like getting so many for a dollar.
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