Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories, Volume 2


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(4.2 stars; 82 reviews)

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. In the second volume, we find stories written by English and Scotch authors. (Summary by Leni)

(10 hr 29 min)

Chapters

My Own True Ghost Story 24:06 Read by Jc Guan
The Sending of Dana Da 26:42 Read by Jc Guan
In the House of Suddhoo 22:19 Read by Jc Guan
His Wedded Wife 15:03 Read by Jc Guan
A Case of Identity, part 1 19:01 Read by Michael Wolf
A Case of Identity, part 2 20:27 Read by Michael Wolf
A Scandal in Bohemia, part 1 20:18 Read by Arielle Lipshaw
A Scandal in Bohemia, part 2 25:56 Read by Arielle Lipshaw
The Red Headed League, part 1 27:09 Read by Arielle Lipshaw
The Red Headed League, part 2 21:43 Read by Arielle Lipshaw
The Baron's Quarry, part 1 25:44 Read by StephenC
The Baron's Quarry, part 2 21:22 Read by StephenC
The Fowl in the Pot 40:48 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Pavilion on the Links, part 1 45:33 Read by MaryAnn
The Pavilion on the Links, part 2 38:14 Read by MaryAnn
The Pavilion on the Links, part 3 36:42 Read by MaryAnn
The Dream Woman, part 1 21:23 Read by rashada
The Dream Woman, part 2 41:20 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Dream Woman, part 3 31:16 Read by Leonard Wilson
The Dream Woman, part 4 40:36 Read by cher0520
The Lost Duchess, part 1 29:31 Read by Vsilverlining
The Lost Duchess, part 2 18:04 Read by David Benjamin Goldstein
The Minor Canon 16:13 Read by Bill Cissna

Reviews

Much better than volume 1!


(4 stars)

Volume 2 of this six-volume series focuses on English and Scottish authors, so there are some of the best names in mystery and detective fiction included here. Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Wilkie Collins are a few of the authors included in this volume. There are some eerie and/or strange stories from Rudyard Kipling as well. The editor did a MUCH better job with story and author selection for volume 2 than for volume 1, although if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you've definitely read these stories before.

Much better than volume 1!


(4 stars)

Volume 2 of this six-volume series focuses on English and Scottish authors, so there are some of the best names in mystery and detective fiction included here. Arthur Conan Doyle, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Wilkie Collins are a few of the authors included in this volume. There are some eerie and/or strange stories from Rudyard Kipling as well. The editor did a MUCH better job with story and author selection for volume 2 than for volume 1, although if you're a Sherlock Holmes fan, you've definitely read these stories before.


(5 stars)

I think the stories were lovely and only had a little bit of difficulty with the accent of the first reader. All of the other readers were quite good and intelligible with only a few mispronounced words among them. One of the commenters objects to describing some of the stories as mysteries--mysterious or puzzling might be a more accurate characterization. Quite enjoyable.

Poor readers...hard to listen to


(2 stars)

Great stories, but unfortunately in many cases they were ruined by readers who I found very hard to listen to.

Fine.


(3 stars)

Last story is neither a mystery nor detective tale. All in all average collection.


(3 stars)

most are interesting stories. only listened to those whose readers I could tolerate.

A Fowl in Every Pot


(5 stars)

The title is a little funny considering modern political history and the phrase " A Chicken in Every Pot". Yet it is but a trifle and almost unrelated to the meat of the story (forgive the pun). Yet it DOES bring to mind a ruler relating to his subjects, which IS important! This well-told tale has intrigue, plots to murder the King and his minister, but begins when the minister realizes two brothers have colluded to force the minister, when he goes on his routine rounds to get his horse shod at the smithie of one of the brothers. This brother is agreeable and he is vastly overpaid because he tells the minister how "the people" feel about his new laws. Stunned at their collusion and abuse, the minister chooses to punish them by forcing each one to nail horses shoes on the other's heels. (Those at the dinner party find this funny, I thought it cruel and gross). Finally, the minister tells them he will pardon then if they can tell a JOKE. And thus begins the crazy, confusing but hilarious tale of the taking down a few pegs the powerful in the King's court!