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    Wilkie Collins(Author)

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Valeria Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name in the marriage register incorrectly, and this slip is followed by the gradual disclosure of a series of secrets about her husband's earlier life, each of which leads on to another set of questions and enigmas. Her discoveries prompt her to defy her husband's authority, to take the law into into a labyrinthine maze of false clues and deceptive identities, in which the exploration of the tangled workings of the mind becomes linked to an investigation into the masquerades of femininity. Probably the first full-length novel with a woman detective as its heroine, The Law and the Lady is a fascinating example of Collins's later fiction.

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  • PDF | 248 pages
  • Wilkie Collins(Author)
  • CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (March 9, 2017)
  • English
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  • By Nerdse on July 21, 2016

    I wasn't sure whether or not I would like this, so I had Amazon send a sample. When I got to the end of the sample, I purchased the book, despite the fact that it does become overly wordy at times (just like I do) thus it moves a bit slowly as well. However, in the era in which it was written, this was the common way to write a novel, and the author was following the formula of his day. This is something that all people who read classic literature need to keep in mind.I am not all the way through the book, but I find it difficult to put down. Once it starts to move, it moves at a much nicer pace that makes you want to keep going in fear that it will slow down again! I think that if you are willing to be patient with classic literature, this would be a good book for any mystery buff and a good read for feminists, because it has a woman doing non-traditional things in Victorian England, ahead of her time. The write-up for the book indicated that this is probably the first time a female detective was featured in a book, so the book is groundbreaking if you consider that.

  • By propertius on February 4, 2016

    Without coming a "spoiler" it is necessary to be rather circumspect about the plot of the and by anticipating the ending or knowing it, the entire plot becomes to obvious in the matter motivations and clues. This mystery is very clearly a book that is infused with Victorian sensibilities and attitudes. This is the biggest problem for the modern reader to overcome and once this has been done it is really a intriguing and engaging mystery which touches upon murder, marriage, identity and the all encompassing question of motive. Think of it as "Jane Eyre" with barristers and police.

  • By John Benintendi on April 28, 2005

    I was not sure how I was going to like this book just finishing the Woman in White a short time ago. I knew going in that this was not one of his more famous works but I bought it since I have read five others written by him and I had so far very much liked all the others (Dead Secret, Haunted Hotel, Woman in White, No Name & The Moonstone). This book did not disappoint me and, in fact, I read it in a mere 4 days. This is a very easy read that keeps the reader guessing on "who done it".The story is about Valeria Woodville (Macallan) who married a man that she finds out married her under an assumed name. She is bound and determined to find out why which she does depite being asked not to by her husband and his best friend. Once she finds out why her husband married her under an assumed name, (hint - he was accused of the murder of his first wife) - she then decides to prove that her husband is innocent. However, the evidence looks pretty damning that her husband actually did murder his first wife. Here is the point where she meets several different people and the puzzle begins to come together. By the end, I had thought of at least 4 different people that I thought had murdered his first wife.I will not give away the end but it is not too surprising. However, this book was an easy read and an enjoyable read. If you like Wilkie's style of writing, you will like this book. This book is certainly not as good as the Woman in White, The Moonstone or No Name, but it is good nonetheless.There are parts of this book that tend to show the prejudice against women during this time. Many times throughout the book, Valeria is asked what can a woman do that the (male) lawyers did not do during the trial. However, Wilkie gives Valeria the love and determination to find out the truth and she does so. The comments about women did not bother me for I knew this book was written in 1870's and the times were different.If you like Wilkie and have read No Name, Moonstone and Woman in White, this is a good easy read by a good author. I look forward to reading more of his works.

  • By Richard T. on February 3, 2016

    For a book that's more than 140 years old, it holds up well. I've read Mr. Collins' more well-known work, and I prefer this. The diary structure is an entertains way to keep the suspense going. We know no more than the remarkably liberated heroine.

  • By Waycoldness907 on November 8, 2016

    Collins invested the detective. Although the story is slow by modern expectations, the story telling is fantastic.

  • By kim on June 15, 2017

    Very good read. At times I laughed and then cried. Very romantic in the old world way. I really could not put it down.

  • By Maggie01 on February 1, 2014

    Read this about 70 years ago. It was my start with mystery- this and Edwin Drood.It was easy to read, kept my attention.I would recommend it to any and all teenagers.My second time around and I still enjoy it.

  • By Guest on April 28, 2014

    Gosh, even though Wilkie Collins prose is slightly dated, the depth of plot more than makes up for it! Twists and turns galore - keeps you guessing!

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