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STORY 1:
Wealthy, unmarried Anne Lamont is murdered, and she leaves her entire fortune to a man she met two weeks before, putting suspicion squarely on him. Detective Arnold thinks the man is innocent. He has a week to make his case before this goes before a jury. But when he digs into Anne’s background, he finds the sweet old matron wasn’t at all what she seemed. (To be continued by you).

STORY 2:
A headless corpse is found in a freshly-dug grave in Arkansas. The local police chief, Arley Socket, has never had to deal with more than missing gas cans and treed cats. His exploration of this weird murder digs up a mystery older than the 100-year-old town of Jericho that harkens all the way back to a European blood-feud. (To be continued by you).

STORY 3:
Someone is murdering homeless people in Phoenix, Arizona. Detective Sally Fortnight is determined to get to the bottom of it… but what she uncovers may be more deadly than she could ever guess. (To be continued by you).

STORY 4:
It is the Cold War era. Private Eye Charles Nick searches for a missing cryptanalyst, all the while dodging an obsessed FBI agent who thinks Nick is a communist spy. The cryptanalyst, by the way, went missing for a good reason: he might have cracked the latest Russian spy code, and he’s running for his life. (To be continued by you).

STORY 5:
1850’s England: elderly Doris and her six young wards are caught in a storm and forced to ask for shelter at an enormous manor deep in the English countryside. But all is not well in this home, and before long, Doris faces a bizarre problem: the manor’s lord, Sir Geoffrey, claims his estranged wife Alice is going to murder him that evening. Alice, meanwhile, claims that Geoffrey is going to murder her. After dinner, both are found dead, in the library, seated as if having a rational discussion, but dead as mice. There is no obvious murder weapon, and quite possibly, the murderer is loose in the manor. Doris is no detective, but she might as well figure this out. Given that storm, help won’t be coming until it’s too late. (To be continued by you).

STORY 6:
Twelve-year-old Alexandra is a leader. She runs her school’s newspaper, manages three after-school clubs (the book club, the fencing club, and the junior stamp-collector club), and doesn’t have time for nonsense. Which is why when she sees a man dressed all in black carrying a manilla folder as he climbs out of her principal’s window, her determination to get to the bottom of it knows no bounds. Look out, data-thief. Here comes Alexandra! (To be continued by you).

STORY 7:
David is a senior software engineer for a major tech company, and he spends most days knee-deep in other people’s databases, trying to figure out what they did wrong.  One day, he happens across a piece of malicious code designed to steal financial information. He reports it and deletes it, but he comes across that same code again—in the database of a completely different company. He finds it again; and again. And the fifth time around, his manager drops a hint that the higher-ups think he’s the best person to figure out who’s planting it. Undercover, they send him to each of the company’s data centers: one in London, one in Boston, one in Dallas, and one in Seattle. It’s going to be his job—socially anxious as he is—to interview everyone and find out who’s planting that code and why. (To be continued by you).

STORY 8:
General March hires Detective Thomas to try to find the person who’s been blackmailing March for the past twenty years. Thomas tracks the miscreant down, but finds that the man behind the threats has been dead for the past ten years. So who’s carrying on the blackmailing? And is the secret that’s held March prisoner this long something that should stay a secret? (To be continued by you).

STORY 9:
Defense attorney Bob Larson enjoys his job. He likes justice; he likes being right. Usually, he thinks right and wrong are really easy to spot. Then he ends up representing a young Navy Seal who shot and killed an elderly woman—and claims it was in self-defense. Who’s really the bad guy? (To be continued by you).

STORY 10:
Sandra is a mystery-lover. She sees mysteries and hidden conspiracies everywhere they aren’t, and her sister Carrie laughs this off as a silly quirk… until Carrie is framed for the murder of the man in the next apartment. Carrie’s DNA is somehow all over the place, though she swears she’s never even been in that apartment before. No one thinks Carrie is innocent but Sandra… and she has a limited amount of time to prove her sister is innocent. (To be continued by you).

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KEEP IMPROVING YOUR LISTENING SKILLS: VIDEOS AND AUDIOS FOR EACH CEFR LEVEL (BY BRITISH COUNCIL LEARNING)

One more time we recommend you some more pages to improve your listening skills with video/audio online exercises. All of them are downloadable too.

This time and again, we link you to the British Council website, on its LearnEnglish Teens section, which is one of the most comprehensive English learning sites on the net, from our point of view.

Click on the links below to go to the levels you want to work on:

- For videos + exercises based on CEFR B2 level, click on:

- For videos + exercises based on CEFR C1 level, click on:

- For audios and podcasts + exercises based on CEFR A1/A2/B1/B2 levels, click on:

For a bit of orientation on those mentioned levels established by the CEFR (The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) here you have an explanatory diagram:

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English is a language with an unusual backstory, a fascinating history and a vocabulary that’s unrivaled in terms of scale and variety. While it’s no easy task to pick out the most beautiful words out of an estimated total of 750,000 (yes, there are THAT many words in English!), we’re never ones to shy away from a challenge. Do you have any more beautiful words to add to this list? Just share them with us through our comments section below!

    

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