The Law and the Lady
Probably the first full-length novel with a woman detective as its heroine, The Law and the Lady (1875) is a fascinating example of Collins' later fiction. Valeria Valerie Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name incorrectly in the marriage register; this slip is followed by a... show more
Probably the first full-length novel with a woman detective as its heroine, The Law and the Lady (1875) is a fascinating example of Collins' later fiction. Valeria Valerie Woodville's first act as a married woman is to sign her name incorrectly in the marriage register; this slip is followed by a gradual disclosure of secrets about her husband's earlier life, each of which leads to another set of questions and enigmas. Developing many of the techniques at work in The Moonstone in bizarre and unexpected ways, and employing both Gothic and fantastic elements, The Law and the Lady adds a significant dimension to the history of the detective novel. About the Series: For over 100 years Oxford World's Classics has made available the broadest spectrum of literature from around the globe. Each affordable volume reflects Oxford's commitment to scholarship, providing the most accurate text plus a wealth of other valuable features, including expert introductions by leading authorities, voluminous notes to clarify the text, up-to-date bibliographies for further study, and much more.
Publish date: 2008-08-14
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pages no: 427
Edition language: English
I love reading the books that inspired or influenced other writers, particularly in the way authors both male and female have depicted female characters to either challenge the expectations or reaffirm them. Wilkie Collins' much more famous The Woman in White contains numerous examples of both cha...
The Law and the Lady is first Collins's book that I didn't enjoy.I don't mind the not so well fleshed second characters and I'm ready to ignore all coincidences & lack of reason in characters but this book has not aged well. However, the main character, while is her time product, is surprisingly str...
bookshelves: winter20092010, victorian, fraudio, mystery-thriller, gothic, play-dramatisation, britain-scotland Read in December, 2009 Valeria Woodville tries to clear her husband of murdering his first wife. A sensational Gothic tale starring Abigail Docherty.Broadcast on:BBC Radio 7, 11:15am Th...
Another enjoyable mystery by Wilkie Collins. After reading several of his books I can say that his style of writing is easily read, his main characters well developed, and his stories full of suspense. What I haven't figured out yet is why it takes me so long to get through them! With all the positi...
It is so hard for me to decide what rating to give this book which I feel deserves more than 3* but not 4. I'm giving it 3 for now but might find myself yielding to temptation and giving the higher rating after all.I love the strength of the main character but found it hard to feel much empathy towa...
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