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    The Case of the Two Pearl Necklaces (Musaicum Vintage Mysteries)

    Dorothy Fielding

    Soon after receiving a beautiful pearl necklace set as a wedding gift from her husband, the bride is found murdered! Even the pearls are found to be fake. So, who killed the innocent bride? Where are the real pearls? Excerpt: "Kitty Walsh had just been watching the marionettes. At first with keen amusement; but suddenly they had become not funny at all—instead, a sort of ghastly parody on life. They looked so incredibly alive, their actions seemed too intelligent, and yet they were only puppets that were dancing, and making love, and even committing murders with such energy and dash. She shot a glance at Ronald Mills beside her it had been his idea that in lieu of another dance they should watch the Show for a while. He caught her eye and followed her back into the ballroom."

    The Eames-Erskine Case (Musaicum Vintage Mysteries)

    Dorothy Fielding

    A dead body is found in a hotel's wardrobe and points towards an unfortunate case of drug-overdose. But Inspector Pointer is not convinced and treats it as a murder mystery. Is he right in his presumption? Or, is it indeed a drug-overdose case? Excerpt: "The door opened noiselessly, and four men came in. They were in plain clothes, and one carried a large box. «Evening,» said the first. «I am Chief Inspector Pointer from New Scotland Yard. These are detectives Watts, Miller and Lester. What's wrong?» «I 'phoned,» a tall young man answered crisply. «I am the manager of the hotel. This is Mr. Beale, an American gentleman to whom this room was let a couple of hours ago. It really belongs to a young fellow who is away for the week-end, but as there was no other room available we assigned it to this gentleman for the one night. Mr. Beale has just told me that there is something wrong about the wardrobe you see there. Kindly investigate that large knot-hole in the back for yourself, Inspector.»

    Fantazius Mallare

    Ben Hecht

    Fantazus Mallare is a tortured artist who is slowly descending into madness. In a search for a muse and aided by a dwarf-monster, Goliath, Mallare tries to make sense of the world of reason versus that of insanity. Since its publication in 1924 and being banned in 1928 by the US Government, the book has achieved a cult status that strips the veneer of sanity, religion, lust and art. Musaicum Books presents to you the meticulously edited book with all the original black and white illustrations which earned it both its notoriety and praise. Excerpt: "FantaziusMallare considered himself mad because he was unable to behold in the meaningless gesturings of time, space and evolution a dramatic little pantomime adroitly centered about the routine of his existence. He was a silent looking man with black hair and an aquiline nose. His eyes were lifeless because they paid no homage to the world outside him. When he was thirty-five years old he lived alone high above a busy part of the town. He was a recluse. His black hair that fell in a slant across his forehead and the rigidity of his eyes gave him the appearance of a somnambulist. Twenty-twoHe found life unnecessary and submitted to it without curiosity. His ideas were profoundly simple. The excitement of his neighborhood, his city, his country and his world left him unmoved. He found no diversion in interpreting them. A friend had once asked him what he thought of democracy. This was during a great war being waged in its behalf. Mallare replied: «Democracy is the honeymoon of stupidity.»

    Scarecrow (Musaicum Murder Mysteries)

    Dorothy Fielding

    A murder mystery thought to have been solved ages ago comes back with a bang when an unidentified body of a man is found at the Dover Beach with severe head injuries. Excerpt: "Elsie and Inskipp watched them disappear. «There, but for the grace of God—» murmured Inskipp unctuously. «I don't think any one should be as ugly as those two are,» said Elsie. She spoke meditatively, objectively. She was an artist, and, incidentally, a very pretty girl. And as though to give her another look at them, the brother and sister suddenly reappeared, walking briskly towards them. As usual, Florence Rackstraw was in the lead. She was very tall. Her head was too large for her bony body, and seemed to be all face, a face the colour of mottled mahogany. Her hair, straight as that of a mouse, was looped in two curtains over her ears and gathered into a tight little bun on her long, scraggy neck. Her eyes protruded. Her chin retreated. Her nose was hooked. Her mouth consisted of two thin, pale lines that slanted up to one side."

    Euphorion (Studies of the Antique and the Mediaeval in the Renaissance)

    Vernon Lee

    This 2-volume book is one of the best-known works by the British author Violet Paget that features the studies of the antique and the mediaeval in the Renaissance, symbolically named Euphorion after the marvelous child born of the mystic marriage of Faust and Helena from Goethe's drama. Contents: Introduction The Sacrifice The Italy of the Elizabethan Dramatists The Outdoor Poetry Symmetria Prisca The Portrait Art The School of Boiardo Mediaeval Love Epilogue

    The Captain Blood Series

    Rafael Sabatini

    Dr. Peter Blood is a sharp-witted Irish physician who had had a wide-ranging career as a soldier and sailor (including a commission as a captain under the Dutch admiral De Ruyter) before settling down to practice medicine in the town of Bridgwater in Somerset. Dr. Blood involuntary gets involved in the Monmouth Rebellion while the town prepares to fight for James Scott, 1st Duke of Monmouth. He wants no part in the rebellion, but while attending to some of the rebels wounded at the Battle of Sedgemoor, Peter is arrested and convicted of treason. The sentence is death by hanging, but King James II, for purely financial reasons, has the sentence for rebels commuted to transportation to the Caribbean, where they are to be sold into slavery. When a Spanish force attacks and raids the town of Bridgetown, Blood escapes with a number of other convict-slaves, captures the Spaniards' ship and sails away to become one of the most successful pirates in the Caribbean, hated and feared by the Spanish and always sparing English ships. Colonel Bishop, humiliated by Blood's escape and by Blood himself, devotes himself to capturing Blood with the hope of hanging him. Table of Contents: Captain Blood Captain Blood Returns The Fortunes of Captain Blood

    Charlotte Löwensköld (Musaicum Must Classics)

    Selma Lagerlöf

    Charlotte Löwensköld is a beautiful, educated woman. She ignores her husband and daughters in favor of her son Karl-Arthur, for whom she has enormous hopes. Charlotte expected him to become a successful man, but when he left home for studies in Uppsala everything changed.

    The Ladies Lindores (Romance Classic)

    Mrs. Oliphant

    "The Ladies Lindores" is a historical novel by Mrs. Oliphant. Extract: "It was not, however, with any sound of wheels, triumphal or otherwise, that young Erskine approached his father's house. It was all new and strange to him; the hills—the broad and wealthy carses through which he had passed—the noble Firth, half sea half river, which he had crossed over in his way—all appeared to him like landscapes in a dream, places he had seen before, though he could not tell how or when. It was afternoon when he reached Dunearn, which was the nearest place of any importance. He had chosen to stop there instead of at the little country station a few miles farther on, which was proper for Dalrulzian. This caprice had moved him, much in the same way as a prince had sometimes been moved to wander about incognito, and glean the opinions of his public as to his own character and proceedings."

    The House on the Moor (Vol. 1-3)

    Mrs. Oliphant

    "The House on the Moor" is a novel by Mrs. Oliphant first published in 1861. Extract: "Behind him, hung by the side of the window, in the worst light of the room, is a portrait, a very common work, done by a mediocre painter, but in all probability very like its original, for the face looks down through the gloom with a real smile, which paint cannot give—a sweet, home-like, domestic woman, such another as Susan will be when the years and the hours have carried her into her own life. There can be no doubt it is Susan's mother and this man's wife. There is no other picture in the house, and he cares so little for anyone seeing this, that he has hung it in the shadows of the red moreen curtains, where nobody can distinguish the features. Most likely he knows the features well enough to penetrate that darkness; for though he sits with his back to it most usually, it is for his pleasure it is here."

    Trail Smoke (Musaicum Vintage Western)

    Ernest Haycox

    Buck Surratt rode a long way through the desert in order to get to the Morgantown where hoped to find a job. Night before he will arrive into the town he spends the night on the ridge near the road, when he hears a gun shot from the nearby canyon to which he doesn't pay too much attention. However, as he enters the Morgantown next day looking for a job, Buck ends up being interrogated by the town officials about the mysterious shot. Unwilling to share details of his past the stranger becomes a suspect and make as many enemies as friends in a new town.