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The Haunted Hotel, A Mystery of Modern Venice

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A kind, good-hearted genteel young woman jilted, a suspicious death or two that only a few think could be murder, strange apparitions appearing in an hotel all combine to create a horrifying conundrum. Who was the culprit and will finding out finally put an end to the mystery?

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A Mystery of Modern Venice


Wilkie Collins (1824 1889)

(after the edition of Chatto & Windus, London, 1879)



In the year 1860, the reputation of Doctor Wybrow as a London physician reached its highest point. It was reported on good authority that he was in receipt of one of the largest incomes derived from the practice of medicine in modern times.

One afternoon, towards the close of the London season, the Doctor had just taken his luncheon after a specially hard morning's work in his consulting room, and with a formidable list of visits to patients at their own houses to fill up the rest of his day when the servant announced that a lady wished to speak to him.

'Who is she?' the Doctor asked. 'A stranger?'

'Yes, sir.'

'I see no strangers out of consulting hours. Tell her what the hours are, and send her away.'

'I have told her, sir.'


'And she won't go.'

'Won't go?' The Doctor smiled as he repeated the words. He was a humourist in his way; and there was an absurd side to the situation which rather amused him... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 4 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 4, 2017
Subject: oh my!
Inkstain and Bernadette must be your very dear friends. Poor child, you really need to learn to pronounce words. I have really enjoyed Mr. Collins previous books...but...
Reviewer: - July 12, 2015
Subject: The Haunted Hotel
Might be a good story Ibut I had to give up on it, it was listening to one continuous sigh. The narrator is very clear, well announciated, well paced but.......
Reviewer: - October 17, 2014
Subject: Hunted Hotel
Great job, Kehinde. Clear and well-paced. Only a few words e.g. 'quai' and 'subsequent' mispronounced, but in no way altered my enjoyment of your reading. Hope to hear more from you, it was a pleasure and I'm very grateful!
Reviewer: - February 21, 2014
I enjoyed it very much!

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