Walter Hartright se traslada a Limmeridge para dar clases de dibujo a Laura, una joven rica heredera sobrina del barón Frederick Fairlie. Poco antes de irse, tropieza con una misteriosa dama vestida de blanco que le habla de Limmeridge y de su propietaria fallecida, la señora Fairlie.Desde el principio Walter siente una gran atracción por Laura, quien está prometida con sir Percival Glyde, que solo busca arrebatarle su herencia. Solo se interpone en su camino la misteriosa dama de blanco.La dama de blanco, inspirada en un hecho real y publicada originalmente por entregas en una revista dirigida por Charles Dickens, ha constituido un éxito ininterrumpido de ventas en todas las lenguas. Todo ello se debe a una trama argumental magníficamente desarrollada, que envuelve al lector en una atmósfera de misterio e intriga; al increible ritmo narrativo que va imponiendo el autor conforme avanza la historia, y sobre todo a la profundidad psicológica de los personajes y a la gran capacidad descripiva de ambientes y situaciones.Junto con La piedar Lunar ha sido considerada, tanto por el público como por la crítica, una de las mejores novelas de misterio e intriga de todos los tiempos.
Wilkie Collins was the first great detective novelist. His dark and complex mysteries influenced the work of other writers, such as Anthony Trollope and Charles Dickens, with whom he developed a close personal friendship. Swinburne found his work worthy of serious criticism, and T. S. Eliot credits him even more than Poe with the invention of the modern detective novel and the popular thriller. Before such works as The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name, Collins demonstrates the full range of his talents for intricate plot and dramatic suspense in The Dead Secret, one of his earliest novels.Like much of Collins's work, The Dead Secret explores the consequences of a single, hidden act. The Cornish mansion Porthgenna harbors the secret of such an act, one that has ruined the life of the servant girl Sarah Leeson. This same secret lies hidden for fifteen years until the heiress to Porthgenna, Rosamund Treverton, returns and exposes it. Her detective work may reveal the truth, but her revelation of a long-forgotten crime could mean disaster for her and the entire estate. Wilkie Collins's brilliant characters, suspenseful plots, and piercing look into Victorian-era society are on full display in The Dead Secret.
A groundbreaking detective story by the celebrated author of The Moonstone When Valeria Brinton marries Eustace Woodville, both families object strongly. Before long, Valeria realizes that they may have been right to voice their concerns. Eustace, it seems, is living under an assumed name. This alone would be enough to rouse his new bride's suspicions, but worse still, she discovers that he stood trial for the murder of his 1st wife! Although Eustace was not found guilty, the court was unable to find sufficient evidence to exonerate him. Determined to clear her husband's name and prove--to herself and everyone else--that he is innocent, Valeria takes the sleuthing into her own hands. Widely considered to be the 1st story featuring a female detective, The Law and the Lady is an intricate and classic tale. This ebook features a new introduction from Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
The novel that T. S. Eliot called "the first, the longest, and the best of the modern English detective novels"Guarded by three Brahmin priests, the Moonstone is a religious relic, the centerpiece in a sacred statue of the Hindu god of the moon. It is also a giant yellow diamond of enormous value, and its temptation is irresistible to the corrupt John Herncastle, a colonel in the British Army in India. After murdering the three guardian priests and bringing the diamond back to England with him, Herncastle bequeaths it to his niece, Rachel, knowing full well that danger will follow. True to its enigmatic nature, the Moonstone disappears from Rachel's room on the night of her eighteenth birthday, igniting a mystery so intricate and thrilling it has set the standard for every crime novel of the past one hundred fifty years.Widely recognized, alongside the stories of Edgar Allan Poe, as establishing many of the most enduring conventions of detective fiction, The Moonstone is Wilkie Collins's masterwork and one of the greatest novels of the nineteenth century.This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
Suspense, humor, and romance abound in this 1868 mystery, in which a gem stolen from a Hindu shrine resurfaces in an English country home -- with a trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail.
Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as "The Moonstone" resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home -- with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with numerous twists and turns.
"The Moonstone is a page-turner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins's spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre-the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.This Modern Library Paperback Classic is set from the definitive 1871 edition.From the Trade Paperback edition.
A tragic tale of family and misfortune from the author of The Woman in White When their beloved parents die in quick succession, Magdalen and Norah Vanstone find that their world has been torn asunder. Through a legal technicality, their father's will renders them without a legitimate claim to their inheritance. All of their family's money goes to their uncle, and the orphaned girls are left reeling. Reduced to utter poverty, Norah takes a job as a governess. But Magdalen is determined to win back what is rightfully theirs. In this deft and moving story, Wilkie Collins weaves a powerful narrative of justice and familial bonds. This ebook features a new introduction from Otto Penzler and has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.