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Dead Men Tell No Tales

Dead Men Tell No Tales by Ernest William Hornung

Ernest William Hornung (June 7, 1866 – March 22, 1921) was an English author.

Hornung was the third son of John Peter Hornung, a Hungarian, and was born in Middlesbrough. He was educated at Uppingham during some of the later years of its great headmaster, Edward Thring. He spent most of his life in England and France, but in 1884 left for Australia and stayed for two years where he working as a tutor at Mossgiel station. Although his Australian experience had been so short, it coloured most of his literary work from A Bride from the Bush published in 1899, to Old Offenders and a few Old Scores, which appeared after his death.

After he returned from Australia in 1886, he married Constance Doyle, the sister of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1893. (Wikipedia)

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By E. W. Hornung


Chapter I Love on the Ocean

Chapter II The Mysterious Cargo

Chapter III To the Water's Edge

Chapter IV The Silent Sea

Chapter V My Reward

Chapter VI The Sole Survivor

Chapter V I Find a Friend

Chapter VI A Small Precaution

Chapter VII My Convalescent Home

Chapter VIII Wine and Weakness

Chapter IX I Live Again

Chapter X My Lady's Bidding

Chapter XI The Longest Day of My Life

Chapter XII In the Garden

Chapter XIII First Blood

Chapter XIV A Deadlock

Chapter XV When Thieves Fall Out

Chapter XVI A Man of Many Murders

Chapter XVII My Great Hour

Chapter XVIII The Statement of Francis Rattray


Nothing is so easy as falling in love on a long sea voyage, except falling out of love. Especially was this the case in the days when the wooden clippers did finely to land you in Sydney or in Melbourne under the four full months... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 2 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - July 2, 2018
Subject: This dead man should have kept quiet
Boring story boringly read
Reviewer: - February 11, 2015
Really not very good. Plot is weak, writing & narrative ok but certainly lacking in the substance that makes for good mystery.

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