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The Dorrance Domain

by Carolyn Wells

This charmer geared for younger audiences will draw in even reluctant readers. Fed up with the rat race and hassle of life in the big city, four children and their doting, adventurous grandmother take up residence...


The Gold Bag

by Carolyn Wells

A wealthy entrepreneur is found murdered in the study of his lavish New Jersey mansion. A young detective tries his hand at cracking the case, but conflicting clues leave him confused and frustrated. It's not...


In the Onyx Lobby

by Carolyn Wells

Carolyn Wells is regarded as one of the most influential writers of the Golden Age of mystery novels; she even penned a well-known book on mystery writing techniques. Her unparalleled skill at crafting airtight...


The Diamond Pin

by Carolyn Wells

If you've got a soft spot for ingeniously plotted mysteries that keep you on the edge of your seat, add Carolyn Wells' The Diamond Pin to your must-read list. This classic from the golden era of the genre will...


Raspberry Jam

by Carolyn Wells

Renowned detective Fleming Stone is back again in this captivating whodunit with some spooky supernatural elements. When a titan of industry is found dead in his lavish apartment, there is a mysterious lack...


Vicky Van

by Carolyn Wells

Victoria Van Allen (or Vicky Van, as she is known to her friends) is a sophisticated young woman whose cocktail parties and soirees are the talk of the town. When one of her legendary gatherings ends in murder,...


Adieu

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The longish short story "Adieu" is an excerpt from Honore de Balzac's sweeping masterpiece The Human Comedy. A ghost story of sorts, this tragic tale recounts the blossoming romance of two lovers whose relationship...


The Mark of Cain

by Carolyn Wells

In this edge-of-your-seat thriller, renowned mystery writer Carolyn Wells strays from the enclaves of the well-to-do that usually serve as the settings for her novels and introduces elements of gritty street...


The Alkahest: Or

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Regarded by many critics as one of Honore de Balzac's foremost literary achievements, the novel The Alkahest offers an incisive look at the dangers of obsession. Scientist Balthazar Claes begins his research...


Albert Savarus

by Honore de Balzac & Ellen Marriage

An extract from Honore de Balzac's vast story cycle The Human Comedy, the novel Albert Savarus details the dramatic twists and turns in a budding love affair between Albert, a young lawyer with literary ambitions,...


Beatrix

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Honore de Balzac excelled at creating unforgettable characters, but most of his creations were works of pure fiction. Many critics have asserted that the novel Beatrix is a roman a clef depicting the life of...


Bureaucracy

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

This fascinating novel from French master Honore de Balzac was published just as the age of bureaucracy was kicking into high gear in the mid-nineteenth century. Balzac delves deeply into the labyrinthine workings...


The Brotherhood of Consolation

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

French playwright and novelist Honore de Balzac is at his best when he is describing the chaotic tumult of big city life in nineteenth-century Europe. In The Brotherhood of Consolation, he focuses on a secret...


The Country Doctor

by Honore de Balzac, Ellen Marriage & Clara Bell

Part of the massive series that some regard as one of the masterworks of nineteenth-century realism, Honore de Balzac's The Human Comedy, the novel The Country Doctor focuses on Dr. Benassis, a physician by...


A Daughter of Eve

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

This short novel, part of the Scenes of Private Life section of Honore de Balzac's vast masterpiece The Human Comedy, includes the first appearances of key characters who return later in the series. A Daughter...


The Deputy of Arcis

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

A masterpiece of political intrigue and machinations, the novel The Deputy of Arcis was left incomplete at Honore de Balzac's death and was finished by Balzac's friend and collaborator Charles Rabou. What starts...


Juana

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Set against the backdrop of the Peninsular War, Balzac's novella "Juana" focuses on a storied family of French courtesans who have achieved legendary status. For many generations, the women have lived outside...


The Lesser Bourgeoisie

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

Throughout his entire literary career, French writer Honore de Balzac was fascinated by the many ways in which social class can impact the trajectory of a life. In the early novel The Lesser Bourgeoisie, an...


The Marriage Contract

by Honore de Balzac & Katharine Prescott Wormeley

The short novel The Marriage Contract is part of the Scenes From Private Life section of Honore de Balzac's epic masterpiece of nineteenth-century realism, The Human Comedy. It delves directly into the question...


Parisians in the Country: The Illustrious Gaudissart

by Honore de Balzac, Katharine Prescott Wormeley & James Waring

Set among the sprawling vineyards of France's Loire Valley, Balzac's novel Parisians in the Country follows the life of one Dinah Piedefer, a beautiful and talented young woman who finds herself trapped in a...