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The Collected Works of Raymond Chandler

Raymond_Chandler-American_novelist Raymond Chandler (July 23, 1888 – March 26, 1959) was an American novelist and screenwriter. In 1932, at the age of forty-four, Chandler became a detective fiction writer after losing his job as an oil company executive during the Great Depression. His first short story, “Blackmailers Don’t Shoot”, was published in 1933 in Black Mask, a popular pulp magazine.

His first novel, The Big Sleep, was published in 1939. In addition to his short stories, Chandler published seven novels during his lifetime (an eighth, in progress at the time of his death, was completed by Robert B. Parker). All but Playback have been made into motion pictures, some more than once.

In the year before his death, he was elected president of the Mystery Writers of America. He died on March 26, 1959, in La Jolla, California. Chandler had an immense stylistic influence on American popular literature. He is considered to be a founder of the hard-boiled school of detective fiction, along with Dashiell Hammett, James M. Cain and other Black Mask writers. The protagonist of his novels, Philip Marlowe, like Hammett’s Sam Spade, is considered by some to be synonymous with “private detective.” Both were played in films by Humphrey Bogart, whom many consider to be the quintessential Marlowe.

Some of Chandler’s novels are important literary works, and three have been regarded as masterpieces: Farewell, My Lovely (1940), The Little Sister (1949), and The Long Goodbye (1953). The Long Goodbye was praised in an anthology of American crime stories as “arguably the first book since Hammett’s The Glass Key, published more than twenty years earlier, to qualify as a serious and significant mainstream novel that just happened to possess elements of mystery”.


We offer you the top crime fiction books by Raymond Chandler:

5 Murderers
Bay City Blues
Five Sinister Characters
No Crime in the Mountains
Pearls Are a Nuisance
The Curtain
The King in Yellow
The Man Who Liked Dogs
Try the Girl
Wrong Pidgeon

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The Collected Works of Ray Cummings


Ray Cummings (byname of Raymond King Cummings; August 30, 1887 – January 23, 1957) was an American author of science fiction, rated one of the “founding fathers of the science fiction pulp genre”. He was born in New York and died in Mount Vernon, New York.

Ray Cummings was a prolific author, writing hundreds of sf stories and novels. He learned about inventing worlds and technology in the best way possible; he did technical writing and editing while working with inventor Thomas Edison.

Cummings worked with Thomas Edison as a personal assistant and technical writer from 1914 to 1919. His most highly regarded work was the novel The Girl in the Golden Atom published in 1922, which was a consolidation of a short story by the same name published in 1919 (where Cummings combined the idea of Fitz James O’Brien’s The Diamond Lens with H. G. Wells’s The Time Machine) and a sequel, The People of the Golden Atom, published in 1920.

His career resulted in some 750 novels and short stories, using also the pen names Ray King, Gabrielle Cummings, and Gabriel Wilson.


We offer you the top science fiction books by Ray Cummings:

1. A Brand New World
2. Aerita of the Light Country
3. Ahead of His Time
4. Bandits of Time
5. Beyond the Stars
6. Beyond the Vanishing Point
7. Blood of the Moon
8. Brigands of the Moon
9. Elixir of Doom
10. Onslaught of the Druid Girls
11. Shadow Gold
12. Tama of the Light Country
13. Tarrano the Conqueror
14. The Exile of Time
15. The Fire People
16. The Girl in the Golden Atom
17. The Great Transformation
18. The Planet Smashers
19. The Shad ow Girl
20. The White Invaders
21. Voyage 13
22. Wandl the Invader
23. Wings of Icarus

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The Collected Works of Nevil Shute

Neville_ShuteNevil Shute Norway was a popular British novelist and a successful aeronautical engineer.

He wrote with a power that enthralled millions. Shute became, in his time, the most popular novelist in the world. He was born to tell stories – of life in the Australian outback and the American West, in Burma and Malaya. In the towns and villages of England – stories of the courage and decency of ordinary people. Of the power of friendship and the force of love, of drama, innocence and disaster.

Nevil Shute worked as an aeronautical engineer at Vickers before setting up his own airship company. He used pen name ‘Nevil Shute’ as, in order to protect his engineering career from any potential negative publicity in connection with his novels.

Shute served in both world wars and was a commander in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve in World War II, working on secret projects. He flew his own aircraft to Australia to research On the Beach, before settling there permanently. His books are based on his own wartime and aircraft industry experiences.

Aviation is a theme in many of Shute’s novels, which are written in a simple, highly readable style, with clearly delineated storylines. Shute’s works can be divided into three sequential thematic categories: Prewar, War, and Australia.

His novels are written in a simple, highly readable style, with clearly delineated plot lines. Where there is a romantic element, sex is referred to only obliquely. Many of the stories are introduced by a narrator who is not a character in the story. The most common theme in Shute’s novels is the dignity of work, spanning all classes. For example an Eastern European bar “hostess” (Ruined City) or brilliant boffin (No Highway).

The writer Nevil Shute is best remembered today for well-plotted novels. Including A Town Like Alice and On the Beach, which sold hundreds of thousands of copies in the 1950s.

Her accounts started out as private letters to family members back in England. But their immediacy, and the unparalleled drama of their subject matter, demanded wider publication. So although it’s a slim volume, The Sinn Féin Rebellion As I Saw It by Mrs Hamilton Norway has since taken its place among the Rising’s compulsory texts.

The Collected Works:


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Miss Silver series by Patricia Wentworth

Miss Silver – a fictional detective featured in 32 novels by British novelist Patricia Wentworth.

Miss Maud Silver a retired governess-turned-private detective. Like Miss Marple, Miss Silver’s age and demeanor make her appear harmless.

The redoubtable Miss Maud Silver a spinster private investigator in London, England, specializing in thefts and forgeries of fine art works, who so cozy she actually knits. Definitely a little quirky, and she may knit, but the resemblance to Agatha Christie’s Jane Marple ends there.

Maud’s definitely a professional. And none of that “Oh, I’m just a wooly-headed female” schtick of Miss Marple.

The no-nonsense Miss Silver is a retired schoolteacher, looking forward to nothing more than a quiet retirement on a rather meagre pension. She is finds herself, through a series of incidents, the proud possessor of a home, a housekeeper, and a whole new profession. She becomes a private detective, although she prefers to be called a private enquiry agent (a title much more appropriate to a gentlewoman, she feels). A small woman, prim, polite, with a habit of quoting the Bible or perhaps the poetry of Lord Tennyson. Miss Silver lives by a simple code: “Love God, honour the Queen, keep the law, be kind, be good, think of others before you think of yourself, serve Justice, speak the truth.”

Because she appears so harmless, she’s a whiz at undercover work, and is particularly adept at infiltrating the troubled households of the upper classes. But much to the chagrin of Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Lamb, who was often called in at the end to make the arrests. The another detective, Inspector Abbott, actually had great admiration for Miss Silver. They often went to each other for help, and had in fact known each other for years. Another police officer whom she often counted on was Randal Marsh, eventually Chief Constable, whose ties to Miss Silver went even further back – she had once been his governess.

Miss Silver premiered in Grey Mask in 1928 as a minor character and made her full-fledged as the main protagonist in “The Case is Closed” in 1937. Wentworth herself describes her as having “small, neat features and the sort of old-fashioned clothes as characteristic” in her final book, The Girl in the Cellar.

Lighter reading, and populated with mostly female characters, this series became so popular in the United States that this British author’s primary publisher was in Philadelphia.

Wentworth also wrote 34 books outside of that series. She won the Melrose prize in 1910 for her first novel “A Marriage Under The Terror,” set in the French Revolution. Her novels were the topic of Jariel D. O’Neil’s 1988 doctoral dissertation.

We offer you the 15 top books Miss Silver series:


  1. Miss Silver Deals With Death, aka Miss Silver Intervenes.
  2. The Clock Strikes Twelve.
  3. She Came Back, aka The Traveller Returns.
  4. Dark Threat, aka Pilgrim’s Rest.
  5. Spotlight, aka Wicked Uncle.
  6. Eternity Ring.
  7. The Ivory Dagger.
  8. Anna, Where Are You, aka Death at Miss Silver.
  9. The Silent Pool.
  10. The Vanishing Point.
  11. The Benevent Treasure.
  12. The Gazebo, aka The Summerhouse.
  13. The Listening Eye.
  14. Poison in the Pen.
  15. The Girl in the Cellar.