A collection of ten stories by Collins. Framing these tales is the situation of a young lady staying with three old brothers in Wales. The son of one of the brothers is in love with her, but he is away. In order to entice the lady to stay until the young man can return home, the brothers agree to tell a story each evening.
With the theft of the sacred slipper, worn by the great Prophet himself, came a wave of outrageous horror. The truth emerged behind these inhuman outrages was a secret group of fanatics--Assassins--trained from childhood to wreak havoc on all who dared disturb their sacred relics.
In this book the reader will encounter a number of insidious doings including kidnappings, poisonous cats, snake murders, albino peacocks, killer apes, quicksand, a haunted house, rat torture, mummy attacks and more.
Three attempts on Russian General Trebass's his life have failed, but the Czar is determined to keep him alive. The Czar assigns the redoubtable, French detective reporter, Rouletabille to the case. It quickly becomes apparent that one of the General's own retinue is in league with the assassins! Why?
It's on the Street of Seven Stars that the star-crossed fates of two couples become entwined. Is it any wonder? The Street of the Seven Stars has always been a place where some find tragedy and others eternal happiness.