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Publisher's Summary

From the Artic to Egypt to Australia, Doyle tells thrilling tales of crime, suspense, mysterious secrets, and humor. Included are:

  • The Captain of the Polestar: a captain in search of his wife's ghost
  • J. Habakuk Jephson's Statement: a mutinous crime tied to Africa
  • The Great Kleinplatz Experiment: memorization leads to humorous results
  • The Man from Archangel: a misanthrope saves a Russian girl from a shipwreck but is plagued by the captain
  • That Little Square Box: passengers with a mysterious box cause a stir on a ocean liner
  • John Huxford's Hiatus: amnesia comes between two ill-fated lovers
  • A Literary Mosaic: The spirits of great English writers come to the aid of a troubled writer
  • John Barrington Cowles: a fiendish woman taunts her suitors using amazing psychic powers
  • Elias B. Hopkins: a highway thief tricks residents in an Australian mining camp
  • The Ring of Thoth: the powerful ring has the key to join an Egyptian priest with his wife in the afterlife
© (P)2002 Tantor Media, Inc.

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  • Timothy
  • Bar Harbor, ME, USA
  • 03-10-07

Great Tales, decent audio quality.

This was the 3rd collection of short stories I purchased through Audible and by far the best. The other two were very difficult to listen to due to poor audio quality and substandard readers. The sound quality and reader in this one are nothing to write home about but they don't spoil the fine stories.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Rather dull

This book contains 10 short stories; many based on sea voyages dealing with strange things; phantoms only half glimpsed; ghosts and other supernatural phenomena discussed by their effect on others. Much of it is in the form of diaries. I had hoped for more.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Take it for what its worth

Not Sherlock Holmes but a good example of Victorian-era ghostie stories. If you like HR Haggard, this might be interesting too. Good audio quality but narrator's attempt at accents are not that successful.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not his better work

This is very period stuff, typical of the romantic style popular. It's not at all like Sherlock Holmes. Rather disappointing.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful