Cover of book Peril at End House by Agatha Christie

Even his vacation the detective can’t spend without work. Hercule Poirot and his assistant captain Arthur Hastings came to the coast of Cornwall in Southern France to have a nice rest. Occasionally Poirot learnt about big problems of the End House owner. End House is situated not far from Poirot’s hotel on the top of a high hill. Young mademoiselle Nick Buckley is the latest heir of her family, who owns this estate. End House has a long history. And now a danger is threatening Nick Buckley. First her car’s brakes failed. Then a huge boulder fell on her head but she miraculously survived. However, nobody believed her. When Poirot discovered a hole from a bullet in her hat he realized the danger. The detective started an investigation. The results will amuse not only the readers but also the main character.

Total words: 22875
Unique words: 1845

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mortgaged, pah, phonebook, tidily, situated, notepaper, comfortingly, wastepaper, bush, underclothes, valueless, murmured, contesting, purposeless, seaplane, favour, appendicitis, spiritualist, pacific, imbecile, forger, seance, sleeplessness, hangman, inquest, bay, undated, suntan, loo.

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Cover of book The Old Curiosity Shop by Charles Dickens

Like many other novels of Charles Dickens, there is a child in the thick of things. This work is less known compared to his other books, but it is no way inferior to them in sincerity and depth. The most unexpected things happen to the girl Nell. She has a grandfather. Lately her grandpa often goes somewhere at nights. From time to time, he is very generous and talkative. He tells Nell about a big fortune she will get after his death. Every now and then, her grandfather is sad and quiet. After his night walks, he sleeps in the armchair behind the counter of their shop. Recently Nell’s elder brother came to the shop to talk to grandfather. He shouted at him and threatened to disclose his secret. Brother keeps a very bad lifestyle and tries to get grandfather’s money using blackmail. It makes Nell upset, but she still loves her family.

Total words: 18162
Unique words: 1171

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waxwork, tommy, marchioness, sixpence, boatyard, emptied, sally, unkindly, lodger, unwell, curio, inquest, shilling, candlelit, churchyard, straightaway, sized, employed, freed, keyhole, mil, uncertainly, coffeehouse, goodnight, landlady, wharf, begging, ugliness.

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Cover of book Chemical Secret by Tim Vicary

John Duncan and his family had a very happy life. He and his wife had a successful business of making and selling boats. But after a disaster his wife died. Duncan couldn’t live without her and gave up. He sold the whole property and closed the business. He raised his children in poverty and became a bad father. He didn’t work for a long time. In the end he started looking for a job and a better life for his children. He goes to a job interview and gets a position of a biologist in a chemical factory. Now he is responsible for a monitoring the safety in the factory. He earns very well and can buy lots of expensive things for his children. But money makes people blind and greedy. Unfortunately, John will realize it when it is too late.

Total words: 9713
Unique words: 882

Words, you might not know:

quirt, belter, policewoman, boathouse, enquiry, uninteresting, employed, pensive, unopened, tasteless, lying, hurriedly, unlucky, shopkeeper, lifeless, harp, untrue, liter, upstream, rut, further, kindly, thoughtfully, downstream, congratulations, tidy, wallpaper, armchair.

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Cover of book Women in Business by David Evans

What do you need to become successful? Is it a luck, a talent or just a hard work? In this book, you will learn about four outstanding women of the XX century. Thanks to their sense of purpose, inner strength and a maniacal desire, they achieved a great success. They made their dreams come true. These women transformed from the charming gentle creatures into the fearsome sharks in various business sectors. They destroyed the old stereotypes, brought some new ideas and gave a chance for new young talented people. Perhaps, there would be no many modern famous and popular stars now if there were no first businesswomen. These ladies were the pioneers in the rude man’s world but they managed to get everything they wanted due to their unbelievable persistence and abilities.

Total words: 10135
Unique words: 1105

Words, you might not know:

newsreader, frenchwoman, jewellery, cheque, lord, businessperson, archduke, proving, ford, dressmaker, august, fiftieth, bookshop, businesswoman, cola, moustache, rubbish, fright, seaside, handbag, frenchman, songwriter, grace, austrian.

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Cover of book Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling

A father and mother wolves were relaxing with their cubs. There were a tiger and a jackal hunting nearby. The jackal followed the tiger everywhere. The tiger Shere Khan hunted people. People got angry and the tiger came to the jungle. Hunting people was against the law, because people came back with their weapons. The flock was going to make a decision about Shere Khan’s fate, when they suddenly heard baby crying. It was a human baby. Shere Khan wanted to eat it, but the wolves stood up for the infant. Finally they decided to name the baby Mowgli and to leave with them.

Film version: Jungle Book

Total words: 6395
Unique words: 592

Words, you might not know:

hissing, hungrily, jackal, hunted, python, cleverly, lying, uphill, ravine, eldest, kite, midday, hiss, sleepy, splash, noisy, villager, bored, hop, goodbye, rocky, frighten, grind, frog, excite, roar, herd, silently, thief.

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Cover of book Forget to Remember by Alan Maley

Despite Jan and Kate were sisters, they had never been too close to each other. From childhood their father has been given all the love and attention to Kate. And, as a result Kate has got a proper education at Oxford which helped her to escape Lewisham for Marlow where she became a successful lawyer. Kate also had a happy marriage with an investor who gave her two beautiful kids. They lived peacefully in a big, fashionable house with a servant. Meanwhile, Jan had to go work at once after school so she had little education and no skills. Her marriage was a disaster which has left her with an uncontrollable daughter. One of the worst things was that she stuck in Lewisham. When Jan and Kates’ father died, his wife started to lose her memory. Gradually she became so helpless that could not be left alone for a minute. Therefore, Jan, as the only daughter who lived near enough to her mother, had soon become responsible for her. But Jan had to work and has constantly stood the crazy things that her mother had done. Jan tried to get help from sister, but it seemed that Kate was too busy and too selfish to share the responsibility of caring for their mother.

Total words: 23247
Unique words: 1809

Words, you might not know:

unhelpfully, mumbling, queen, dumped, dribbling, teabag, signorina, seafront, eightieth, grandad, littered, physiotherapy, lei, cremated, jewellery, uneventfully, giggling, cheque, lord, emptied, motorway, signora, circling, crematorium, nightdress, flapping, settling, snoring, attracted.

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Cover of book The Murder of Roger Ackroyd by Agatha Christie

It is a quite unusual detective story where each character has a motive to commit a crime. The scene is laid in a fictional English village. The novel is narrated in the third person. Dr James Sheppard becomes an assistant of Hercule Poirot. This is he, who tells the story to the reader. Mrs Ferrars, a rich widow, died. The reason was the drugs overdose. The peasants believe it was a suicide. They say Mrs Ferrars killed her husband by poisoning many years ago. But then another widower died. He wanted to marry Mrs Ferrars. People started suspecting his sister-in-law because she had many debts. Her daughter Flora, major Blunt and many relatives of the late bridegroom are suspected. The bride of the prime suspect asks Poirot to investigate this difficult case and find the killer.

Film version: The Murder of Roger Ackroyd

Total words: 22456
Unique words: 1835

Words, you might not know:

pearl, rearranging, hector, dictaphone, intruding, summerhouse, blackmailer, inquiringly, massaging, bush, disinherit, murmured, honour, drily, cheque, extracted, apologia, cooper, housemaid, questioningly, banknote, glancing, murmuring.

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Cover of book The Night of the Green Dragon by Dorothy Dixon

Howard woke up from a terrible nightmare. In reality, he got into a bigger one. He was at the hospital with a broken head. The policemen called him Mr. Black. But Howard knew definitely that it wasn’t his name. Unfortunately, he could not remember his right name. He lost his memory due to the injury. The police did not believe him. They started questioning him immediately. Howard was accused of illegal penetration into the house, murder of an old woman and stealing a green dragon. The man remembered nothing except the red eyes of the mysterious dragon and blood. He clearly understood that he was not a criminal. He was a victim. Howard runs away from the hospital at night. He has to regain his memory and prove that he is not guilty.

Total words: 5263
Unique words: 645

Words, you might not know:

drainpipe, primrose, teacup, lying, unlucky, suspiciously, rushing, weakly, stretcher, sinking, ringing, finishing, blackness, cyclist, terrified, moonlight, violently, ache, cellar, pub, groan, nervously, packet, jewel, daylight, balcony, loudly, unconscious.

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Cover of book Eye of the Storm by Mandy Loader

It was a hot day in September. People from the whole city came to the beach. A young twenty years old beautiful Japanese girl Ikemi was lying at the Miami beach. She seemed to be reading a book but it wasn’t true. Judging from her eyes she was sad. She was thinking about him. She was whispering to herself something she couldn’t tell him. A young good-looking guy came and started kissing her. She liked it but still she stopped him. Ikemi loved Max very much. Unfortunately, her father hated Ikemi’s beloved. Max wasn’t Japanese and he hadn’t a Japanese character. Father made Ikemi leave Max. A good Japanese daughter obeyed him. She broke up with the guy at this beach making them both miserable. At the same time a storm began on the western coast of Africa.

Total words: 13536
Unique words: 997

Words, you might not know:

pumped, mayday, seaplane, prettily, max, lilt, tying, coldness, mil, shapeless, valuables, stupidly, cloudless, jetty, vacationer, sunburn, shh, noisily, waving, lying, bravely, hopelessness, forecaster, carnival, stormy, sinking, sushi.

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Cover of book The Phantom Airman by Allan Flewin Jones

The members of the school archaeology club received a summer task. The children have to do a summer task about their town during the Second World War. The summer holidays are approaching to the end but some pupils haven’t even started the project. Four friends cooperated together with a common aim – to do the task quickly. There was an airfield in their town. It was a very important place during the war. Now it has a historical value. So, the pupils gathered there for the research. They had been taking photos among the ruins when a terrible storm began. It was raining, the lightning was flashing and there was thunder. Suddenly a fire aircraft dropped out from the dark clouds and crashed onto the house. The house was in fire. A stranger appeared from nowhere. He was dressed as a military pilot. The man desperately shouted for help as there were children crying in the house.

Total words: 10885
Unique words: 939

Words, you might not know:

spitfire, archeology, unfasten, wrecking, bimbo, august, wickedness, hoy, evacuee, wrecked, cola, digger, moustache, phantom, airman, roaring, fading, auxiliary, stored, unlucky, bathrobe, spade, thud, airfield, bookcase, doorbell, jack.

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