Hilarious stories of Philo Gubb, Riverview, Iowa's greatest correspondence-school deteckative and wallpaper hanger. It might take you a couple of these stories to appreciate Gubb, and you won't want to read too many at a sitting, but these are very funny tales.
Charming. It may take a bit of doing to get into the social and moral sensibilities of World War I England, and the basic plot has been repeated enough that it's predictable, but it's still a lovely story.
Fast moving, engrossing pulp thriller set in British high society. The mystery will keep you guessing. A nearly penniless young gentleman finds himself drawn into international intrigue amid unhappy revelations about his parents. Some of the characters are rather broadly drawn, but it's a very enjoyable read.
One of my favorite ways of finding good books from the 19th and early 20th centuries is through mentions in other books. A character in Rose Macaulay's disappointing novel "The Furnace" reads this collection of sea stories as a distraction from worries. There was no description of the book, so I decided to check it out. Nautical yarns aren't my thing as a rule, but these are lively, wry and mostly pretty funny. You might not want to read them all at once, but taken in small doses, they are indeed cheering.