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World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories

The Lock and Key Library

Book Overview: 

In the six volumes of the Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Julian Hawthorne presents us thrilling and mysterious short stories from all corners of the world. Some of the stories appeared in this collection for the first time translated into English, and many of them come from unexpected sources, such as the letters of Pliny the Younger, or a Tibetan manuscript.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ago physicians accurately discovered the nature of his power, even before he exercised it himself. They played with that weapon of their new Lord, the sway of a mysterious will over the human soul, which had become enslaved. They called it magnetism, hypnotism, suggestion ... what do I know? I have seen them amusing themselves like impudent children with this horrible power! Woe to us! Woe to man! He has come, the ... the ... what does he call himself ... the ... I fancy that he is shouting out his name to me and I do not hear him ... the ... yes ... he is shouting it out ... I am listening ... I cannot ... repeat ... it ... Horla ... I have heard ... the Horla ... it is he ... the Horla ... he has come!...

Ah! the vulture has eaten the pigeon, the wolf has eaten the lamb; the lion has devoured the buffalo with sharp horns; man has killed the lion with an arrow, with a sword, with gunpowder; but the Horla will make of man what we have made of the horse and of the ox: his ch. . . Read More

Community Reviews


An interesting but disappointing book. This review is based on a Kindle version of one of the six volumes. Strangely, nowhere in this volume does it state which of the six it is. Perhaps it's all part of the mystery. Mine starts with Maupassant's 'The Necklace'.
The included works are archaic and qu

The title page says "6 volumes" I think I only read one volume. The one I've selected for review. This had several French authors and a couple of ancient Roman ones.

For the most part they weren't very good. A few of them written in the late 1800's had "surprising twists" at the end reminiscent of O'

This is a collection of lots of older mysteries. These are not just detective stories but rather true mysteries as they are discovered by the characters. Stories are short so it was easy to pick this book up when? I had a few minutes or put it down for days if something more urgent came up. A very g