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The Shadow of a Crime

Sir Hall Caine

Book Overview: 

Sir Hall Caine's first novel it is set in the lake district and based on a love triangle.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .These men mean that Puritanism shall be rooted out of England. We cannot be too well prepared."

"I wish I could save you, Ralph; leastways, I wish it were myself instead, I do."

"You thought to save me, old friend, when you went out to meet Wilson that night three months ago. My father, too, he thought to save me when he did what he did. You were both rash, both wrong. You could not have helped me at all in that way. Poor father! How little he has helped me, Heaven knows—Heaven alone knows—yet."

Ralph drew his hand across his eyes.


Sim accompanied Ralph half-way down the hill when he rose to go. Robbie Anderson could be seen hastening towards them. His mission must be with Ralph, so Sim went back.

"I've been to Shoulthwaite to look for you," said Robbie. "They told me you'd taken the hills for it, so I followed on."

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Community Reviews

A novel worthy of broad approval.

A must read for all who love the Lake District, and it's past: a marvellous insight into old Cumbrian life and speech.

The Cumbrian dialect is a hurdle for many to get through this book. It may be a slog to get through the start, it only gains quite a bit of steam 2/3rds of the way through.