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Mark Twain's Medieval Romance

And Other Classic Mystery Stories

by Otto Penzler Editor · Mark Twain Contributor


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This collection of suspenseful stories from legendary authors will test your detective instincts and imagination.
A premier anthology of some of the finest mystery stories in literary history, including tales from Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Aldous Huxley, O. Henry, and Mark Twain.

Tantalizing, as ingenious as they are devious, the classic stories in this continually arresting collection come with an irresistible challenge: At their end they leave it to you, the reader, to determine how they end.

For ultimately it's the reader who authors the fate of the brave youth as he contemplates which of the two doors in the king's arena he will choose in Frank Stockton's famous and unforgettable "The Lady, or the Tiger?" And which of the two brothers in three-time Edgar-winner Stanley Ellin's "Unreasonable Doubt" shoots a bullet square in the middle of their rich uncle's forehead? And just what not-so-sweet secret is the prim Miss Spence hiding behind her smile in Aldous Huxley's deliciously enigmatic tale? You decide.

In all, as in "The Moment of Decision"—a chilling tale that seals an escape artist inside an airless stone cell with a heavy wooden door, which may or may not open—the moment of decision is yours.

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Otto Penzler (Editor)

Otto Penzler is the proprietor of the Mysterious Bookshop in New York City. He is the founder of the Mysterious Press and Otto Penzler Books and has received two Edgar awards, the Ellery Queen Mystery Award, and the Raven Award for his contributio...

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Contributor :
O. Henry
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Roald Dahl
Contributor :
S. Weir Mitchell
Contributor :
Stanley Ellin
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Aldous Huxley
Contributor :
Mark Twain
Contributor :
Jack Moffitt
Contributor :
Owen Johnson
Contributor :
Frank Stockton
Contributor :
Peter Godfrey
Editor :
Otto Penzler
Contributor :
Cleveland Moffett
Contributor :
Ray Bradbury
Contributor :
Gerald Kersh
Contributor :
Laurie York Erskine
Contributor :
Barry Perowne
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