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British Mystery Megapack Volume 2 – Lady Audley’s Secret, The Four Just Men and The Ninescore Mystery (Illustrated) (British Mystery Megapacks)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon
4.9 Stars (18 Reviews)
Genre: Anthologies & Literature Collections | Anthologies | Mystery, Thriller & Suspense

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Amazon bestseller in Mystery Anthologies

Fans of British Mysteries are in for a treat! Included in Volume 2 of British Mystery Megapacks:

LADY AUDLEY’S SECRET by Mary Elizabeth Braddon

‘Lady Audley’s Secret’ was published in 1862 and was Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s most successful novel. It has been called “the most sensationally successful of all the sensation novels”. The success of book, along with Braddon’s other bestseller, ‘Aurora Floyd,’ established her as the main rival of the master of the sensational novel, Wilkie Collins. A protest against the passive, insipid 19th-century heroine, ‘Lady Audley’ was described by one critic of the time as “high-strung, full of passion, purpose, and movement.” Her crime (the secret of the title) is shown to threaten the apparently respectable middle-class world of Victorian England. The story centres on “accidental bigamy” which was in literary fashion in the early 1860s. The plot was summarised by literary critic Elaine Showalter (1982): “Braddon’s bigamous heroine deserts her child, pushes husband number one down a well, thinks about poisoning husband number two and sets fire to a hotel in which her other male acquaintances are residing”.

Elements of the novel mirror themes of the real-life Constance Kent case of June 1860 which gripped the nation for years. Constance Emily Kent (6 February 1844 – 10 April 1944) was an English woman who confessed to a notorious child murder that took place when she was sixteen years old.

Braddon’s follow-up novel, ‘Aurora Floyd,’ appeared in 1863.There have been three silent film adaptations, one UK television version in 2000, and three minor stage adaptations.

THE FOUR JUST MEN by Edgar Wallace

From the creator of King Kong comes The Four Just Men, a detective mystery first published in 1905. The eponymous quartet are a trio of three friends George Manfred, Leon Gonsalez, and Raymond Poiccart who recruit a fourth, Thery, in their campaign to punish wrong-doers who are beyond the reach of the law.After The Great War, the four men are pardoned on condition that they remain within the law and continue to operate a legitimate detective agency. But the four men take it upon themselves to kill for the greater cause of justice–in theory, those who are “beyond the law” like government figures, lawmakers, and other figures powerful enough to thwart justice. The just men consider themselves patriots and defenders of law and order who must act to protect society.

The Four Just Men was adapted as a silent film in 1921, a film in 1939 and as a British television series in 1959.

Author Edgar Wallace is remembered today for co-creating the character of King Kong.


From Baroness Orczy, author of The Scarlet Pimpernell, comes the first in a series of 12 stories featuring one of literature’s first female detectives. Molly Robertson-Kirk a.k.a. Lady Molly of Scotland Yard shares the same mental prowess as C. Auguste Dupin and Sherlock Holmes but brings a woman’s wit to the table making for a formidable crime buster. Join her as she solves the crimes that plague the hills and highlands of Inverness, Scotland.’Ninescore’ introduces the world to Orczy’s formidable female foe.

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The Boy Who Loved Fire
Julie Musil
4.9 Stars (16 Reviews)
Genre: Teen & Young Adult

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Manny O’Donnell revels in his status at the top of his high school food chain. He and his friends party in the mountains on a blustery night, sharing liquor and lame ghost stories around a campfire. The next morning, as a wild fire rages in those same mountains, Manny experiences doubt. He was the last of the drunken crew to leave the cave, and he’s uncertain if he extinguished the flames. Within hours, he becomes the number one arson suspect.

Santa Ana winds + matches = disaster. You’d think he would’ve learned that the first time he started a fire.

As he evades a determined arson investigator, Manny, a modern-day Scrooge, is visited by ghosts of the past, present, and future. He’s forced to witness the fate of his inadvertent victims, including Abigail, the scarred beauty who softens his heart. Manny must choose between turning around his callous, self-centered attitude, or protecting his own skin at the expense of anyone who gets in his way.

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The Dark Side of the Felt
Tyler Nals
4.8 Stars (13 Reviews)
Genre: Humor & Entertainment

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You know those guys who play poker for millions of dollars on television? I’m not one of those guys. Instead, I risked my life on a nightly basis playing in underground poker games on Long Island and in Charlotte. This story is about how I managed to survive, but just barely.

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Maxine Clair
4.5 Stars (15 Reviews)
Genre: African American | Coming of Age | Short Stories | United States

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In Rattlebone, a “fictional” black community north of Kansas City, the smell of manure and bacon from Armour’s Packing House is everywhere; Shady Maurice’s roadhouse plays the latest jazz; the best eggs are sold by the Red Quanders; and gospel rules at the Strangers Rest Baptist Church.

This is the black Midwest of the 1950s, when towns could count their white folks on one hand–the years before the Civil Rights movement came along and changed everything. In perfectly cadenced vernacular, Maxine Clair speaks to us through the voices of Rattlebone’s citizens: October Brown, the new schoolteacher with a camel’s walk and shoulder-padded, to-the-nines dresses; Irene Wilson, naive and wise, who must grapple with her parent’s failing marriage as she steps eagerly into adulthood; and Thomas Pemberton, owner of the local rooming house, an old man with a young heart.

Sparkling with lyricism, Clair’s interconnected stories celebrate the natural beauty of the Midwest and the dignity and vitality of these most ordinary lives. Rattlebone, winner of the Heartland Prize for fiction, is a tremendous work by a supremely talented writer, now available for the first time in digital form.

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The Undistilled Sky: A Short Story of Suspense
Mav Skye
4.8 Stars (9 Reviews)
Genre: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense | Short Stories

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It haunts her. It hunts her. It’s knocking on her door.

Phoebe grapples with dark dreams and darker memories. Both add to the stress of her deep rooted mental illness. Fear blends into reality and drives Phoebe close to her breaking point.

The sun is lava. The sea of mercury roars below. It is strong, but never strong enough. The sun mocks. The sea cries. Four iron bars lock in this day.

Reality blends into memory… Memories that she can no longer ignore. Her mother, her family, the police — no one seems to understand. She burns in a surreal hell of her past, pleading for mercy in her dreams.

It’s the slow grind of teeth at midnight. The bleak whisper of despair at sunrise.

Which parts are real, and which parts are nightmares? Phoebe stumbles through her waking hell, desperate to find a way out, a perfect path for her daughter and her family and her sanity.

I hear Dad’s voice in the woods.

“Time for a limo ride!”

Another shotgun blast.

To get through the monsters and madness, Phoebe must decide which is strongest — her pills, her pistol or her daughter’s love.

There is no going back.

There is no redemption.

There is only one escape.

Through The Undistilled Sky.

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Lake Surrender: Her journey ends where the lake begins (Contemporary Women Fiction)
Carol Grace Stratton
4.8 Stars (16 Reviews)
Genre: Travel | Holidays

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Quicker than you can say “downsized, unemployed, and divorced,” Ally Cervantes finds herself with the Pacific Ocean in her rearview mirror as she and her two children head to Lake Surrender in rural Northern Michigan to live with her aunt. The dry hills of California are a metaphor for her empty soul, but she can’t afford to wallow in self-pity with an autistic son who can’t make eye contact and a precocious twelve-year-old daughter counting on her to get it together.

With no other available jobs, Ally steps through the only open door for employment, working as head cook at a dilapidated Christian camp. Problem is, she doesn’t cook and doesn’t like religious fanatics.

But despite everything, she finds herself strangely hopeful as she learns her journey ends where the lake begins.

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The Innovative Admin (All Things Admin Book 1)
Julie Perrine
4.4 Stars (21 Reviews)
Genre: Self-Help

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If you want to be the administrative assistant every executive wants by his or her side and other administrative professionals look up to, The Innovative Admin is for you! This must-have book for admins helps you learn how to embrace innovative thinking that makes you invaluable to your boss, your co-workers and your company.In this informative and motivating book, you’ll discover:

• What it means to be The Innovative Admin

• How you can unleash your mind to think innovatively

• Techniques you can use to bring out the administrative leader inside you

• Ways you can tap into your creativity and initiative to get ahead

The Innovative Admin empowers you to become the best you can be by enhancing your capacity for innovation. Read it and grow your administrative career to exciting new levels. Innovation isn’t just for technology – it’s the key to your career future.

Includes FREE downloadable Action Plans and Templates from The Innovative Admin website.

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