Frédéric Boutet: The Balance (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales The Balance (complete)                       Lunch finished, M. Buchêne was back to business, per custom smoking his tranquil cigar while in discussion with Mme Buchêne. This intimate hour in the middle of their day had been a delight to them since the start […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hippolyte (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales Hippolyte (complete)                         After dinner, they passed into the smoking room. It was still light outside. Through windows that opened onto densest parkland, entered a fresh evening smell. Little Mme Livoy, determinedly poetic (as suited her befogged demeanor), sighed that the […]

Frédéric Boutet: M. Arthur (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Tales M. Arthur (complete)                       “M. Arthur, the sensational apeman of the Sunda Islands!”  That was what the old fairground tout, who spun this yarn, gave out. The apeman made a big success during the three days of the festival, everyone from the […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part two)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part two)                             These passes worried Lydie, for his fingers with each gesture threatened her eyes. She closed her lids and did not open them again. “Do you sleep?” he asked, thrilled by such great success. “Lydie sleeps.” […]

Frédéric Boutet: Hypnotism (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery Hypnotism (part one)                     “Gilberte, I’m bothering you, you were going out.” “You could never bother me, you know that very well, my little Lydie. But, it’s my husband’s consultation day, and I make the best of it. I have my shopping, what […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (conclusion)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (conclusion)                       The voracious Guland had swallowed a rabbit bone sideways and nearly made an end of himself. It was tragic. Mme Lazzarra, a hand in the suffocating pug’s gullet, fished for the bone. Gloria was hysterical. Guland at last […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Fortuneteller (part one)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Fortuneteller (part one)                       Mme Lazzarra, the famous sorceress, the incomparable seer, was that morning at home, quite tranquil. As by habit, she was on the verge of taking her little cup of café au lait. At her side, lapping daintily […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Apparition (complete)

Frédéric Boutet Mystery The Apparition (complete)                                                                                                         It was ten o’clock, and all those who were this evening to participate in the séance at the house of Mme Harmelle, had arrived. In a grand salon, of a sumptuousness sober and old-fashioned, they formed three distinct groups, with […]

Frédéric Boutet: A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails A Playboy’s Scandal (complete)                   It was on a spring evening at a casino, in a spa of the Midi with thermal baths, very chic. In the shadows that favored the garden in winter, the Chevalier Hector Montelli leaned his black moustache […]

Frédéric Boutet: The Birthmark (complete)

Frédéric Boutet A Few Blackmails The Birthmark (complete)                       “Watch the road…if anyone comes,” ordered the blind man, a meagre fellow without age, wrapped in a macintosh the color of dust. Through a hole in the hedge where they’d hidden themselves, the youth who accompanied […]