Tales from the Moonstone Inn

Francis W. Strapp
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Genres: Thrillers and Suspense, Short Story Collections, Historical Fiction. Format: Multiple. Views: This Week 125, Total 1997.
Written in the early decades of the 20th century by a down-on-his-luck Englishman living in Australia, this engaging collection of stories and other works is at last available in a collectible deluxe edition.

The two novellas presented in this volume The Moonstone Inn and The Man Who Tossed A Sixpence are mystery adventures with Australian and South Pacific settings. Dark schemes, evil deeds, hidden hoards and guarded secrets abound, mixed with dashes of romance, humour and local colour, not forgetting of course, Francis W. Strapp's stiff-upper-lipped heroes and virtuous heroines.

The collection includes two short stories featuring characters from The Moonstone Inn The Copenhagen Sails Tonight and The God of Luck. A third short story, To Save France, do***ents a Parisian woman's act of bravery in the First World War. Also presented are Strapp's other surviving writings, including poems, letters to the press, and draft versions of two novella chapters, both of which are reproduced directly from the author's handwritten manuscripts (typeset in Kindle and EPUB eBooks). Several items in this section are exclusive to this edition.

The collection also boasts photographic illustrations, a foreword by the author's great-niece Mary Steel, biographical information by Rita Hayes, and afterword essays by the editor, Alan Hayes, focusing on the author's life and the settings for his stories.
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