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Find a classic book you have always meant to read. Here are a few suggestions of great classics you can find on Project Gutenberg:
“The Mayor of Casterbridge” by Thomas Hardy
Set in the fictional town of Casterbridge, “The Mayor of Casterbridge” is the story of Michael Henchard, who over indulges in alcohol at a country fair and decides to auction off his wife and daughter to a sailor. When he recovers his sobriety, Mr. Henchard realizes his mistake, but it is too late to get his family back. Devastated by his impetuous actions he decides not to touch alcohol again for the next twenty-one years. The novel advances eighteen years to find the tee-totaling Henchard as the Mayor of Casterbridge and a successful grain merchant.
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge and Other Tales by Ambrose Bierce
The American Civil War was the defining experience of Bierce’s life, and the battlefield ordeals from his service within the Union army contributed to his distinctive brand of cynical realism. This collection boasts the best of his Civil War tales, including “Chickamauga,” “A Horseman in the Sky,” and the author’s much-imitated masterpiece, “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.” Writers of mystery and suspense stories have long been influenced by Bierce’s tales of the supernatural such as “The Moonlit Road,” and “The Eyes of the Panther.”
“The Mysterious Affair at Styles” by Agatha Christie
One morning at Styles Court, an Essex country manor, the elderly owner is found dead of strychnine poisoning. Arthur Hastings, a soldier staying there on sick leave from the Western Front, ventures out to the nearby village of Styles St. Mary to ask help from his friend Hercule Poirot, an eccentric Belgian inspector. Thus, in this classic whodunit, one of the most famous characters in detective fiction makes his debut on the world stage. With a half dozen suspects who all harbor secrets, it takes all of Poirot’s prodigious sleuthing skills to untangle the mystery—but not before the inquiry undergoes scores of spellbinding twists and surprises.
“The Amateur Cracksman” (A. J. Raffles, The Gentleman Thief Book 1) by E.W. Horning
Gentleman thief Raffles is daring, debonair, devilishly handsome-and a first-rate cricketer. In these eight stories, the master burglar indulges his passion for cricket and crime: stealing jewels from a country house, outwitting the law, pilfering from the nouveau riche, and, of course, bowling like a demon-all with the assistance of his plucky sidekick, Bunny.