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- Print Length: 186 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B004AM5OAU
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His Darling Sin Kindle Edition
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His Darling Sin was published in 1899, as Mrs. Braddon was entering the last ten years of her controversial career.
The tale is well told and takes a surprising turn at the end. The first mystery we encounter is a society scandal involving the beautiful young widow Lady Perivale. Several people in her set claim they saw her traveling abroad with the notorious Colonel Rannock, passing as his wife. In fact, the lady was living in seclusion in a remote Italian villa. Unfortunately, she can't prove it.
Lady Perivale hires a detective to rescue her from this "dark cloud of undeserved disgrace." I liked Mr. Faunce at once, with his kindly eyes, pleasantly shrewd countenance and perfectly trained memory. Because he's not flashy, he's believable. His soft heart, not quite compatible with his hunting instincts, reminds me a bit of Simenon's Maigret.
Faunce's investigation on behalf of the injured Lady Perivale raises another question - and an even greater mystery: where has the wicked Colonel disappeared to?
Dick Rannock is a typical Victorian reprobate, "at home in the best and the worst society." The "darling sin" of the title is his: an earthy, fiery mistress who, oddly enough, closely resembles the elegant Lady Perivale!
If you like a lively mix of light romance and dark deeds, of socialites and seedy characters, you'll be as pleased as I was with His Darling Sin.
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