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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas

Edmond Dantes, a sailor in 19th century France, is set to marry the woman he loves when he is falsely accused of plotting to return Napoleon to power. Edmond is thrown in prison, where he meets an Italian abbe who, following years of friendship and escape attempts, bequeaths a hidden fortune to Dantes. Dantes finally manages to escape, acquires the abbe’s vast treasure, and vows revenge against those who put him in prison, plotting to destroy their lives as absolutely as he can.

The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan

The Joy Luck Club is a group of Chinese women who banded together as they navigated a new country, coming together to share their life experiences and help one another through new ones. After one of the members passes away, her daughter June is invited to be a member in her mother’s spot. Upon her first meeting, June is greeted with a truth from her mother’s friends that she wasn’t prepared for: she must go to China to meet her twin half-sisters, the very sisters her mother believed had died long ago before she fled the country.

Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie

Hercule Poirot, world-renowned Belgian detective, has just finished a case in the Middle East and is headed home on the luxurious Orient Express. In spite of the time of year, the train is strangely full. This becomes a problem when, while stranded in a snowdrift in Yugoslavia, the man in the compartment next to Poirot’s is murdered. With a train full of suspects and no way of contacting the police, Poirot must find the murderer before they escape justice.

Dracula by Bram Stoker

English solicitor Johnathan Harker is sent to Transylvania to finalize the purchase of a London estate by one Count Dracula. After a cold reception by the locals, and realizing there is something strange about the man and his rundown estate, he stumbles across Dracula’s true nature and is forced to flee for his life. He returns to London, only to find that Dracula has made it there first and already found his first victim: Lucy Westenra, the best friend of Johnathan’s fiance Mina.