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Love Insurance

Allan, Lord Harrowby, son and heir of James Nelson Harrowby, came to Lloyds of London with a most unusual request for insurance. He knew that Lloyds took out policies on unusual risks. And what he wanted was insurance of a most unusual kind…love insurance. What follows is a comic novel of improbable dimensions, by the […]


Genre: Fiction, Humor

Fifty Candles

Biggers had always been interested in mystery fiction, but his interest in Hawaii clearly stems from a 1919 vacation in Honolulu. While there, he read a newspaper article on a Chinese detective named Chang Apana. Apana would become the model for Charlie Chan in Biggers’ 1925 novel, House Without a Key, and there quickly followed […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The Chinese Parrot

The Chinese Parrot (1926) is the second novel in the Charlie Chan series of mystery novels by Earl Derr Biggers. It is the first in which Chan travels from Hawaii to mainland California, and involves a crime whose exposure is hastened by the death of a parrot. The story concerns a valuable string of pearls […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

The House Without a Key

The Charlie Chan series #1 The novel, which takes place in 1920s Hawai?i, spends time acquainting the reader with the look and feel of the islands of that era from the standpoint of both white and non-white inhabitants, and describes social class structures and customs which have largely vanished in the 21st century. The novel […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective

Seven Keys to Baldpate

Baldpate Inn has a mystery and seven keys. The novelist has one. The other six fall into the hands of six apparent lunatics: 1. a hermit who flees from barbers and women has a key, 2. a peroxide blonde who “just loves” men has a key, 3. a college professor who has been laughed out […]


Genre: Fiction, Mystery & Detective