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Wyllard's Weird

M. E. Braddon

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A novel written in three volumes. In the golden age of steam, the London train wends its way across the Tamar into the strange and mystic land that is Cornwall, having left most of its length at Plymouth. A weary doctor gazes at the countryside, when the train grinds to a halt and his professional attention is demanded. A young woman. An apparent suicide. Who was she? What brought her to Cornwall? What drove her to kill herself? Or did she?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .gn to discuss the state of the weather, the results of the harvest. But Bothwell felt nevertheless that he was living under a cloud; there was a tacit avoidance of him, a desire to get off with as slight a greeting as civility would permit. Hands were no longer held out to him in friendship; salutations were no longer loud and cheery. No one asked him to stop and play billiards at the chief inn, as people had been wont to do, waylaying him when he wanted to get home. Now he could pursue his walk without let or hindrance. He had even seen one of his most familiar friends stroll dreamily round a corner to avoid meeting him.

During the whole of those four weeks he had not received a single invitation to play lawn-tennis, he for whose presence tennis-parties used to compete. There were two or three engagements outstanding at the time of the inquest. He had kept these, and had played his best, struggling against a coldness in the atmosphere. It had seemed to him tha. . . Read More

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I loved this book because when I find a piece of literature like this that I didn't know existed it's exciting. It's a murder mystery that came before such things as Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. It has been out of print for many years and I love to see an old classic brought out of r

I'm so glad I decided to read this book that I had never heard of until it was chosen as a moderator's pick in one of my reading groups. This was a great, compulsive read. From the first pages, there was action that drew me right into the story and didn't let up until I was fully immersed. The chara

Wyllard's Weird is a lesser known sensation novel by Mary Elizabeth Braddon. I have liked her more famous work Lady Audley's Secret very much, so when it came my way as a group read, I was naturally very interested in reading it.

True to the genre, the novel was an outcome of an elemental combina

This lesser known novel of Braddon's is just as good as Lady Audley's Secret to me, with some in-depth characterizations and plot twists. Even though the murderer is known to us long before he is confronted, the big reveal was very effective and dramatic. Quite a page turner, and well worth it.

It’s always a treat to find a book that is rarely seen in print. I happened to stumble on a copy of this novel a year ago and only recently had time enough to sit down and read. Braddon, who is most noted for Lady’s Audley’s Secret, was known for her sensationalist fiction much like Wilkie Collins.

..that theory of a double life did not necessarily imply dissipation or folly. What of a man who concealed from the world his inner life, the life of passion and emotion, who abandoned himself in secretness and obscurity to his all-absorbing love for a woman whom he dared not acknowledge before s

”But there are those who think that a great irresistible love outweighs all scruples of honour or conscience.”

There’s nothing like a good sensation novel from time to time, especially if it was written by Mary Elizabeth Braddon, who not only had a way with words – this becomes obvious when you compa

About the book's title: "weird" is used here as an old word of Scottish origin meaning "a person's destiny".

This book is a Victorian "sensation novel" that focuses on the mysterious death of an unknown woman. She is witnessed falling to her death from a moving train that's travelling over a bridge.

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