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The First Lie

by Diane Chamberlain

An e-original short story that sets the stage for bestselling author Diane Chamberlain’s novel Necessary Lies (September 2013).

The First Lie gives readers an early glimpse into the life of thirteen-year-old...


The Case of the Perfect Maid

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Three Blind Mice and Other Stories.

A maid is blamed for stealing from her employer, but the culprit may be somebody else entirely.


Dead Man's Mirror

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Murder in the Mews: Four Cases of Hercule Poirot.

Hercule Poirot attends an auction and gets much more than he bid on: a disputed will, gunshots, and ancient Egyptian...


The Lemesurier Inheritance

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot's Early Cases.

The Lemesurier family is plagued by a medieval curse, ensuring that no firstborn son will ever receive his inheritance. Can Hercule Poirot solve...


The Adventure of the Egyptian Tomb

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

A series of deaths around a pharaoh’s tomb is blamed on an ancient curse, but Poirot knows better.


The Chocolate Box

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot’s Early Cases.

Poirot investigates a murder in which the only clue is a box of chocolates


The Mystery of Hunter's Lodge

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

Poirot tasks his friends with solving a murder that is more like a riddle.


The Adventure of the Cheap Flat

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology Poirot Investigates.

When a redheaded stranger gossips to party guests that she has rented an amazing apartment at a bargain rate, Poirot smells a rat.


The Blue Geranium

by Agatha Christie

Previously published in the print anthology The Thirteen Problems.

A woman is warned by a psychic of the evil and danger in her house. On a full moon, she must watch for the signs: blue primrose means caution,...


Backscatter

by Gregory Benford

Life might emerge under the most unlikely conditions...or in the last extremity.

At the publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management software (DRM) applied.


The Mysterious Stranger

by Mark Twain

In the last extended piece of fiction from beloved American fiction writer and humorist Mark Twain, Satan proudly surveys fin-de-siecle civilization and marvels at its hypocrisies. Twain was heavily invested...


Lodusky

by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Born in England, Frances Hodgson Burnett emigrated to Knoxville, Tennessee with her family at the age of 16. Faced with financial hardship, she began to write fiction and non-fiction pieces as a means of making...


Little Dumber Boy

by B.K. Stephens

Will's aunt wants him to spend some time with his estranged son at Christmas. All Will wants is to knock off his girlfriend's husband and collect a share of the life insurance policy. Unfortunately, when you...


Stories of Five Decades

by Hermann Hesse

This selection of twenty-three stories (twenty available in English for the first time) offers a spectrum of Hesse's writing from 1899 to 1948 that could be matched only by an edition of his poetry, since in...


Strange News from Another Star

by Hermann Hesse

In 1919, the same year Demian was published, seven of these stories appeared as a book entitled Märchen--literally, Fairy Tales. For this first edition in English, we have followed the arrangement Hesse made...


Gallatin Canyon

by Thomas Mcguane

The stories of Gallatin Canyon are rich in the wit, compassion, and matchless language for which Thomas McGuane is celebrated.

Place exerts the power of destiny in these tales: a boy makes a surprising discovery...


The Thing Around Your Neck

by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as “one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years” (Baltimore Sun), with...


Airman's Odyssey

by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Three classic adventure stories, reminders of both the romance and the reality of the pioneer era of aviation: Night Flight; Wind, Sand and Stars; and Flight to Arras. Introduction by Richard Bach. Translated...


Unaccustomed Earth: Stories

Frank O'Connor Short Story Award 2008

by Jhumpa Lahiri

These eight stories by beloved and bestselling author Jhumpa Lahiri take us from Cambridge and Seattle to India and Thailand, as they explore the secrets at the heart of family life. Here they enter the worlds...


Bad Haircut

by Tom Perrotta

New York Times bestselling author Tom Perrotta’s first book is "more powerful than any coming-of-age novel" —The Washington Post

 Bad Haircut explores the themes that have fascinated Perrotta throughout...