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The Law and the Lady Kindle Edition
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Although this 'sensation' novel is not quite in the same class as the author's 'The Woman in White' and 'The Moonstone', and the story is a little drawn out and rather over-melodramatic at times, it certainly has its page-turning qualities and I was absorbed from start to finish. It is interesting the way Wilkie Collins, unlike other detective fiction writers of the time, has chosen a female character for his amateur sleuth, rather than assign the role of detective to one of the male characters in the story, and it is also interesting to see the unconventional Valeria Woodville using the force of her convictions to persuade others to assist her in her endeavours. Of course, this is still a Victorian novel written by a Victorian male author, and Valeria is not able to set about proving her husband's innocence (or otherwise) without the help and expert knowledge of the gentlemen around her - who, aware of her feminine sensibilities, seek to shield her from what she might discover, but the author is cognisant of some of the difficulties and obstacles faced by Victorian women and this is reflected in his story. So although, as I commented at the beginning of his paragraph, I didn't enjoy this quite as much as 'The Woman in White' or 'The Moonstone' it's certainly worth the read and I was entertained from beginning to end.
"It's a truth universally acknowledged that a single man in possession of a good fortune must be in want of a wife."
Before you tell me that Wilkie Collins is not, in fact, Jane Austen, I would just like to say that I feel that the aforementioned quote is ironically applicable to this wonderful piece of detective fiction. Eustace is a rich man, no doubt about that. However, I feel that he is also in possession of quite a lot of emotional baggage, which is exactly what triggers the plot of the novel. Overall, I'd say that one should be familiar with at least one other work of Wilkie Collins before getting their hands on this one (my personal recommendation is "The Woman in White"), because he has a very distinct style of writing and certain nuances of the law-related parts of the novel may not be as clear to an unenlightened reader. It is an interesting Victorian murder mystery novel, although I must say I figured out the ending halfway through the book. If you like strong, complex characters, Sherlock Holmes and murder mysteries, this little gem is for you.
Difficult to put down, I recommend Wilkie Collins to anyone who appreciates exciting literature.
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