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Casefiles Numbers 1,2,3 and 4 from ‘The Mind of Mr J G Reeder’
by Edgar Wallace
Read by David Robins
Mr J G Reeder, a brilliant and quietly unassuming detective, is a middle aged man whose speciality for more than twenty years has been to deal exclusively with bank robbers and forgers. “I see evil in everything,” he declares, “… in dying rose bushes, in horseshoes – in poetry even. I have the mind of a criminal. It is deplorable!” In these four casefiles, The Poetical Policeman, The Treasure Hunt, The Troupe, and The Stealer of Marble, the sheer genius of Mr Reeder shines forth. Edgar Wallace’s succinct and masterful use of prose is an absolute delight.
Clair de Lune and The Necklace
by Guy de Maupassant
read by Josie Jackson
‘Clair de Lune’: Abbé Marignan is a fanatical, excitable, upright priest who believes fervently in God and that nature had been created in accordance with admirable and absolute logic. However, with the exception of nuns, the Abbé hates women. When he discovers that his niece has a lover, he seizes a formidable oak stick and sets out, by the light of the moon, to rectify the situation. But nature has other plans in store for him.
‘The Necklace’: Madame Mathilde Loisel, a pretty young woman, has aspirations of being accepted into high society. When her husband, a clerk in the Ministry of Public Instruction, brings home an invitation to attend a Ball at the Ministry, she is overwhelmed at the excitement – although, at the same time, anxious that she does not possess an appropriate dress or jewels to wear at the Ball. Her husband gives her four hundred francs to buy “… a really pretty gown”. However, when she borrows a diamond necklace from her friend, Madame Forestier, her world, and that of her husband, is turned upside down.
Guy de Maupassant (born Dieppe, France 1850 – died Paris 1893). Greatly influenced by Gustave Flaubert, Maupassant is regarded as one of the founding fathers of the short novel genre. He wrote 300 short stories, many of which are set during the Franco-Prussian War of the 1870s, as well as six novels, a volume of verse, and three books on travel.
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