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The Crooked Hinge (eBook)

In this mystery by the acclaimed author of To Wake the Dead, an inheritance hangs in the balance in a case of stolen identities, imposters, and murder. Banished from the idyllic English countryside he once called home and en route to live with his cousin in America, Sir John Farnleigh, black sheep of the wealthy Farnleigh clan, nearly perished in the sinking of the Titanic. Though he survived the catastrophe, his ties with his family did not, and he never returned to England-not even for the funerals of his mother, his father, or, most recently, his older brother Dudley. Now, nearly twenty-five years since he was first sent away, Sir John has finally returned home to claim his inheritance. But another "Sir John" soon follows, an unexpected man who insists he has absolute proof of his identity and of his claim to the estate. Before the case can be settled, however, one of the two men is murdered, and Dr. Gideon Fell, who happens to be passing through the village, finds himself facing one of the most challenging cases of his career. To solve it, he'll have to confront a series of bizarre and chilling phenomena, diving deep into the realm of the occult and brushing up against witchcraft, magic, and a sinister automaton to solve a seemingly impossible crime . . . Selected by a panel of twelve mystery luminaries as one of the ten best locked-room mysteries of all time, The Crooked Hinge is a creepy and atmospheric puzzle inspired by a real-life case. It is the ninth installment in the Dr. Gideon Fell series, which may be read in any order. "Carr . . . is at his best in this creepy and baffling entry in the American Mystery Classics series, originally published in 1938. . . . This is an all-time classic by an author scrupulous about playing fair with his readers. Golden age fans won't want to miss it." -Publishers Weekly, starred review

    Ab CHF 15.75

    The Fabulous Clipjoint (An American Mystery Classic) (eBook)

    "Ingenious . . . Plunges the reader into a desperate, working-class America now better known through William Lindsay Gresham's precisely contemporary novel Nightmare Alley and such film-noir classics as Out of the Past and The Postman Always Rings Twice."?Washington Post

    In the rough edges of 1940s Chicago, the discovery of a corpse in an alleyway isn't always enough to cause a big stir?especially when the victim is killed in the midst of a night-long bender, caught between barrooms in what appears to be a mugging gone awry. Which is why the police don't take a huge interest in finding the murderer of Wallace Hunter, a linotype operator who turns up dead after a solitary drinking adventure that led through many of the Loop's less reputable establishments.

    But for his teenage son, Ed, and his carny brother, Am, something about Wallace's death feels fishy, a fact that grows increasingly bothersome when it becomes clear that some of the witnesses aren't telling the whole story. In order to get to the heart of the matter, they'll need all the skills Am picked up in the circus life?skills that young Ed will have to pick up on fast. And in the process of discovering the killer, they make another discovery as well: Wallace was a much different man than the father Ed thought he knew.

    The Edgar Award-winning novel that announced a legendary voice in crime fiction, The Fabulous Clipjoint is the first in Fredric Brown's long-running Ed & Am Hunter series. The book's memorable mixture of a hardboiled mystery with an urban coming of age narrative remains fresh to this day.

    Ab CHF 18.05

    The Mysterious Bookshop Presents the Best Mystery Stories of the Year 2022 (Best Mystery Stories) (eBook)

    Sara Paretsky selects the twenty best mystery short stories of the year, including tales by Michael Connelly, Jo Nesbo, Joyce Carol Oates, Colson Whitehead, and more!

    Under the auspices of New York City's legendary mystery fiction specialty bookstore, The Mysterious Bookshop, and aided by Edgar Award-winning anthologist Otto Penzler, international bestseller and MWA Grandmaster Sara Paretsky has selected the twenty most puzzling, most thrilling, and most mysterious short stories from the past year, collected now in one entertaining volume.

    Includes stories by:

    • Doug Allyn
    • Colin Barrett
    • Jerome Charyn
    • Michael Connelly
    • Susan Frith
    • Tom Larsen
    • Sean Marciniak
    • Stefon Mears
    • Kieth Lee Morris
    • Gwen Mullins
    • Jo Nesbo
    • Joyce Carol Oates
    • Annie Reed
    • Kristen Kathryn Rusch
    • Anna Scotti
    • Ginny Swart
    • Ellen Tremiti
    • Joseph S. Walker
    • Colson Whitehead
    • Michael Wiley

    Plus a bonus vintage story from the annals of mystery fiction, written over a century in the past.

    Ab CHF 20.25