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The Woman in White

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Young Walter Hartright meets the mysterious woman in white in what soon became one of the most popular novels of the 19th century. Secrets, mistaken identities, surprise revelations, amnesia, locked rooms and locked asylums, and an unorthodox villain made this mystery thriller an instant success when it first appeared in 1860, and it has continued to enthrall ever since. From the hero's foreboding before his arrival at Limmeridge House to the nefarious plot concerning the beautiful Laura, the breathtaking tension of Collins's narrative created a new literary genre of suspense fiction, which profoundly shaped the course of English popular writing. Generally considered the first English sensation novel, The Woman in White features the remarkable heroine Marian Halcombe and her sleuthing partner, drawing-master Walter Hartright, pitted against the diabolical team of Count Fosco and Sir Percival Glyde. A gripping tale of murder, intrigue, madness, and mistaken identity, Collins's psychological thriller has never been out of print since its publication in 1860. While Collins's other great mystery, The Moonstone, has been called the finest detective story ever written, it was this work that so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed "Author of The Woman in White."

Public Domain (P)2009 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

Length: 25 hrs and 46 mins
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The Moonstone [Naxos AudioBooks Edition]

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Upon inheriting the Moonstone, a huge and priceless diamond, Rachel Verinder's delight turns to dismay when the gem suddenly disappears. But this is no ordinary theft. Sergeant Cuff of Scotland Yard is called in and immediately suspects an intricate plot. However, not even his powers of detection can penetrate fully the mysteries surrounding the diamond. And as we listen to each character’s version of the events, layer upon layer of drama and suspense build to the final and astonishing denouement of this magnificent, classic English detective novel.

Public Domain (P)2014 Naxos AudioBooks

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Mrs. Zant and the Ghost

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Mrs Zant has recently lost her beloved husband, and while walking in the Kensington Gardens, the spot where she and her deceased husband declared their love for each other, she feels his presence trying to warn her of some coming danger. Mr Rayburn witnesses it all, and he'll have to fight his own incredulity regarding the supernatural and his gut feeling that the disturbed young woman is telling the truth. Brought to life by Golden Globe Award-winning actress Gillian Anderson (The X-Files), Mrs Zant is the perfect Victorian ghost story.

Public Domain (P)2015 Audible Studios

Length: 1 hr and 37 mins
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The Moonstone

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Brought to you by Penguin.    This Penguin Classic is performed by Jessie Buckley, Richard Cordery, Julian Wadham, David Sturzaker, Hugh Fraser, Bruce Alexander, Oscar Batterham, Matthew Spencer, James MacCallum, Stewart Clarke and Jot Davies. This definitive recording includes an introduction by Sandra Kemp.    The Moonstone, a priceless yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her 18th birthday, her friend and suitor Franklin Blake brings the gift to her. That very night, it is stolen again. No one is above suspicion, as the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece together a puzzling series of events as mystifying as an opium dream and as deceptive as the nearby Shivering Sand.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

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The Great Detective Collection

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An engrossing collection of detective stories featuring all the great classic sleuths, including Sherlock Holmes, Father Brown, Max Carrados, J. G. Reeder, and C. Auguste Dupin. 1. "The Tea-Leaf" by Edgar Jepson & Robert Eustace 2. "The Queer Feet" by G. K. Chesterton 3. "The Curious Circumstances of the Two Left Shoes" by Ernest Bramah 4. "The Club of One-Eyed Men" by Arthur Somers Roche 5. "Diamond Cut Diamond" by F. Britten Austin 6. "The Game Played in the Dark" by Ernest Bramah 7. "Murder Under the Microscope" by William Russell 8. "The Purloined Letter" by Edgar Allan Poe 9. "The Hammer of God" by G. K. Chesterton 10. "Who Killed Zebedee" by Wilkie Collins 11. "The Treasure Hunt" by Edgar Wallace 12. "The Shadow of the Shark" by G. K. Chesterton 13. "The Red Headed League" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 14. "The Story of Baelbrow" by E. and H. Heron 15. "The Invisible Man" by G. K. Chesterton 16. "The Perfect Crime" by Seamark 17. "The Wedding Guest" by Guy Boothby 18. "The Trial for Murder" by Charles Dickens 19. "The Adventure of the Blue Carbuncle" by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle 20. "The Magic Casket" by R. Austin Freeman 21. "The Last Exploit of Harry the Actor" by Ernest Bramah 22. "The Murders in the Rue Morgue" by Edgar Allan Poe 23. "The Mystery of Marie Roget" by Edgar Allan Poe 24. "To Be Taken in Water" by George Walter Thornbury

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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The Evil Genius

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Wilkie Collins' most financially successful novel, The Evil Genius, opens with a jury determining the fate of a sea captain whose ship allegedly facilitated a diamond theft. The story develops into a powerful novel of Victorian private life, including deception, adultery, and divorce. An 'evil genius' is threatening to rip apart the fabric of the Linley home. Who is it and why? Is it the orphaned young governess for whom the father lusts; the brother-in-law who appears to help everyone, but often succeeds in making things worse; the meddling mother-in-law whose good-intentioned interferences lead to greater heartache; the disloyal father, or perhaps the unassuming daughter?

©2000 Tantor Media Incorporated

Narrator: John Bolen
Length: 11 hrs and 14 mins
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The Woman in White

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Brought to you by Penguin.  

This Penguin Classic is performed by acclaimed British actor Tim McInnerny, known for his many roles on stage and screen including in Notting Hill and Blackadder. This definitive edition includes an introduction by Matthew Sweet.   

The Woman in White famously opens with Walter Hartright's eerie encounter on a moonlit London road. Engaged as a drawing master to the beautiful Laura Fairlie, Walter is drawn into the sinister intrigues of Sir Percival Glyde and his 'charming' friend Count Fosco, who has a taste for white mice, vanilla bonbons and poison. Pursuing questions of identity and insanity along the paths and corridors of English country houses and the madhouse, The Woman in White, is the first and most influential of the Victorian genre that combined Gothic horror with psychological realism.

Public Domain (P)2019 Penguin Audio

Narrator: Tim McInnerny
Length: 26 hrs and 35 mins
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The Woman in White (Dramatized)

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The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins Presented by The Online Stage Walter Hartright, a struggling art teacher, is stopped for directions while traveling on a dark road by a mysterious woman in white. Thus begins Walter's deep dive into the twists and turns of stolen identities, fraud, spies, conspiracy and death. Along the way, he meets the lovely Laura Fairlie and her emboldened half-sister, Marian Halcombe. Marian is brazen and assertive in her search for the truth, a strong female during a time when women were simply viewed as the weaker sex. She joins Walter on his journey to untangle the web of lies and deceit that has been spun so expertly around his new found friends.  The Woman in White is often touted as being the first Victorian crime novel.     Cast: Narrator: Maureen Boutilier Walter Hartright: Jeff Moon Marian Halcombe: Amanda Friday Count Fosco: Rob Goll   Mr. Fairlie: David Stifel   Laura Fairlie: Anna Grace   Percival Glyde: Ben Lindsey-Clark   Pesca: Russell Gold   Anne Catherick: Arielle Lipshaw   Mr. Gilmore: Ron Altman   Mr. Merriman: Alan Weyman   Mrs. Michelson: Elizabeth Klett   Countess Fosco: Trisha Rose   Maid: Leanne Yau   Mr. Dempster: Andy Harringon   Mrs. Clements: Sarah Mitchell   Mr. Dawson: Denis Daly Hester Pinhorn: P J Morgan   Goodricke: Craig Franklin   Mr. Kyrle: Ben Stevens Mrs. Catherick: Sara Morsey  Audio edited by Amanda Friday

Public Domain (P)2019 The Online Stage

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The Woman in White

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Published in instalments in 1859, The Woman in White is often considered to be one of the very first detective novels. Although critics weren’t impressed at the time, the novel proved to be a hit with the public and has since gone on to become one of the timeless classics of the Victorian era.  Following the adventures of Walter Hartright, this is a story of sleuthing, inheritance, ghosts and mistaken identity and was recently the subject of a hit TV adaptation by the BBC.  Billy Howle, best known for his starring roles in On Chesil Beach opposite Saoirse Ronan, and with Richard Gere in MotherFatherSon, breathes new life into the masterpiece in this Audible Studios production. 

Public Domain (P)2020 Audible, Ltd

Narrator: Billy Howle
Length: 24 hrs and 31 mins
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The Law and the Lady

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The Law and the Lady by Wilkie Collins A full-cast production by The Online Stage. Just days after the wedding of Valeria Brinton and Eustace Woodville, a series of strange incidents causes Valeria to believe her husband is hiding a dark secret. She discovers he has been living under a false name, and when questioned, Eustace refuses to discuss it. Upon further digging, Valeria finds Eustace had been on trial three years ago for the murder of his wife. However, the verdict had come down as the scotch verdict of not proven. This implied his guilt, but there was not enough evidence for a conviction nor did it exonerate him. Desperate to prove Eustace is innocent and to restore their newlywed bliss, Valeria stands strong in the face of adversity, meeting a very strange man named Miserrimus Dexter, who will be paramount in uncovering the truth. Cast: Valeria Macallan - Amanda Friday Eustace Macallan - Tyler Hyrchuk Old Benjamin - David Stifel Sara Macallan - Danielle Cohen Mrs. Macallan - Elizabeth Klett Miserrimus Dexter - Rob Goll Mr. Playmore - Graham Scott Major Fitz-David - Jeff Moon Ariel - Anna Grace Miss Hoighty - Leanne Yau Lady Brydehaven - Sarah Mitchell Christina Ormsay - P. J. Morgan Oliver - Alan Weyman Doctor - Marty Krz Mr. Gale - Andy Harrington Various other roles played by members of the company. Audio edited by Amanda Friday

Public Domain (P)2020 The Online Stage

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The Lady Detectives

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A series of BBC Radio short stories, comprised of classic and period dramas featuring four female sleuths to rival Sherlock Holmes himself.  'The Redhill Sisterhood' by Catherine Louisa Pirkis Autumn, 1897. Victorian undercover agent Loveday Brooke investigates some suspicious nuns who appear to have forsaken their vows - and turned to burglary. 'Mr Bovey’s Unexpected Will' by L. T. Meade and Robert Eustace Brilliant, beautiful Miss Florence Cusack is one of Victorian London’s most respected consulting detectives. Here, she investigates the extraordinary case of a man whose fate depends on his weight in gold. 'The Golden Slipper' by Anna Katharine Green Vivacious debutante Violet Strange sparkles in New York society - but leads a secret life as a professional agency detective. In this case from 1910, she investigates 'The Inseparables', four wealthy young women suspected of a series of thefts. 'The Law and the Lady' by Wilkie Collins In this sensational Gothic tale from the author of The Woman in White and The Moonstone, new bride Valeria Woodville sets out to clear her husband of murdering his first wife. Starring Gayanne Potter as Loveday Brooke, Elizabeth Conboy as Florence Cusack, Teresa Gallagher as Violet Strange and Abigail Docherty as Valeria Woodville.

©2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd (P)2019 BBC Worldwide Ltd

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The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 6

Summary

The Greatest Mysteries of All Time, Volume 6 is an exciting addition to this series, featuring the most acclaimed writers, past and present. This unique collection of master writers, including Wilkie Collins, Aldous Huxley, and Edith Wharton, edited by multi-award winning mystery connoisseur Otto Penzler, is a delightful mixture of mystery and suspense.

©1998 Phoenix (P)1998 Phoenix

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The Great British Short Story Collection

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A gripping collection of over 50 of the greatest short stories written by great British writers. 1. "The Missing Years" by Barry Pain 2. "His Brother's Keeper" by W. W. Jacobs 3. "A Madman's Manuscript" by Charles Dickens 4. "The House of Cobwebs" by Barry Pain 5. "Old Fags" by Stacy Aumonier 6. "A Long-Ago Affair" by John Galsworthy 7. "August Heat" by W. F. Harvey 8. "The Dabblers" by W. F. Harvey 9. "Rose Rose" by Barry Pain 10. "An Undergraduate's Aunt" by F. Anstey 11. "An Idyll of London" by Beatrice Harraden 12. "Hot Potatoes" by Arnold Bennett 13. "Bagnell Terrace" by E. F. Benson 14. "Malachi's Cove" by Anthony Trollope 15. "Moon's Gibbet" by Egerton Castle 16. "The Dancing Partner" by Jerome K. Jerome 17. "The Giraffe Problem" by Barry Pain 18. "The Man who was Blind" by Edwin Pugh 19. "The Perfect Murcer" by Stacy Aumonier 20. "The Other Side" by Count Eric Stanislaus Stenbock 21. "The Roman Road" by Kenneth Grahame 22. "At the Farmhouse" by E. F. Benson 23. "The Dead Hand" by Wilkie Collins 24. "The Wind in the Portico" by John Buchan 25. "The Smile of La Gioconda" by Morley Roberts 26. "The Room" by Stacy Aumonier 27. "The Octave of Jealousy" by Stacy Aumonier 28. "The Mark of the Beast" by Rudyard Kipling 29. "The Salt of the Earth" by Barry Pain 30. "The Diary of Mr. Poynter" by M. R. James ....and over 20 more exciting stories.

Public Domain (P)2015 Red Door Audiobooks

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No Name

Summary

Magdalen and Norah Vanstone have known only comfort and affluence for their entire lives. Orphaned suddenly following the unexpected deaths of their parents, the illegitimate sisters find themselves flung into the other extreme of living: their father had neglected to amend his will following their parents' recent marriage, leaving them with nothing, and their bitter, estranged uncle, the legal inheritor of the family fortune, mercilessly refuses them support.  They have no money, no rights and no name. Norah, the elder of the two, looks for work as a governess and accepts her fate. Fiery and headstrong Magdalen, however, does not. She vows revenge and schemes a series of traps to recover the fortune, no matter the cost.... PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

Public Domain (P)2020 Naxos Audiobooks

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Classic Tales of Mystery

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Sixteen classic stories: Who Killed Zebedee? by Wilkie Collins Read by Sean Barrett A Mysterious Case by Anna Katharine Green Read by Liza RossThe Limitations of Pambe Serang by Rudyard Kipling Read by Sean BarrettThe Crooked Man by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Stephen ThorneThe Sapient Monkey by Headon Hill Read by Paul Panting Vendetta by Guy de Maupassant Read by Liza Ross The Worst Crime in the World by G. K. Chesterton Read by Stephen Thorne The Episode of the Mexican Seer by Grant Allen Read by Stephen GreifThe Black Narcissus by Fred M. White Read by Sean Barrett Death in the Wings by Bram Stoker Read by Hayward MorseAn Alpine Divorce by Robert Barr Read by Sean Barrett The Squire’s Story by Elizabeth Gaskell Read by Hayward Morse A Personal Magnet by O. Henry Read by Garrick Hagon The Terrible Old Man by H. P. Lovecraft Read by Garrick Hagon Murder by Arnold Bennett Read by Paul Panting The Case of Lady Sannox by Arthur Conan Doyle Read by Hayward Morse

©2010 The Story Circle Ltd (P)2014 The Story Circle Ltd

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A Diagnosis of Death - A Short Story Volume

Summary

We sit. We lie. We wait. We are examined. We are left alone.   Emotions fritter.   The door reopens.   The face.  Is it tinged with sadness or reassuring and open?   The words.   Are they easy to comprehend?   Is it good news or bad?   We can answer that.  It’s bad. Undeniably bad.   None of our authors have good news for you.  The diagnosis?  You already know that.  Death.

©2018 Deadtree Publishing (P)2018 The Copyright Group

Length: 2 hrs and 22 mins
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