Wax (Ethel Lina White novel)

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Wax is a 1935 Mystery novel by British author Ethel Lina White. [1]

Ethel Lina White was a British crime writer, best known for her novel The Wheel Spins (1936), on which the Alfred Hitchcock film, The Lady Vanishes (1938), was based.



Wax is set in the small, fictional town of Riverpool. [2] On the outskirts of the town is a mysterious Waxwork museum with a dark history. Young Journalist Sonia Thompson arrives at the town to work at the local newspaper, and is instantly intrigued by the museum. She meets the suspicious townspeople and soon predicts there will be another death at the museum. Very soon she is proved right, and it is up to Sonia to bust the legends surrounding the Waxworks and to discover who the real killer is.

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Wax hadn't been in print for many years, and was difficult to get hold of in book form. However, Valancourt Books published a new edition in 2015. The book is also available to read on Project Gutenberg Australia. [3] Wax is a reworking of an earlier short story, “Waxworks” first published in the December 1930 issue of Pearson’s Magazine and recently republished in Otto Penzler's Big Book of Christmas Mysteries (2013) and Silent Nights -- Christmas Mysteries edited by Martin Edwards (2015).

Valancourt Books is an independent American publishing house founded by James Jenkins and Ryan Cagle in 2005. The company specializes in "the rediscovery of rare, neglected, and out-of-print fiction," in particular gay titles and gothic and horror novels from the 18th century to the 1980s.

Project Gutenberg Australia, abbreviated as PGA, is an Internet site which was founded in 2001 by Colin Choat. It is a sister site of Project Gutenberg, though there is no formal relationship between the two organizations. The site hosts free ebooks or e-texts which are in the public domain in Australia. Volunteers have prepared and submitted the ebooks.

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  1. "Wax". www.goodreads.com. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  2. "Wax (1935)". Valancourt Books. Retrieved 2017-10-28.
  3. "Wax". gutenberg.net.au. Retrieved 2017-10-28.