Sarah Waters is the award-winning author of Tipping the Velvet, Affinity, and Fingersmith.
The Trail of the Serpentby Mary Braddon
Mary Elizabeth Braddon (1837–1915), Victorian England’s bestselling woman writer, blends Dickensian humor with chilling suspense in this “exuberantly campy” (Kirkus Reviews) mystery. The novel features Jabez North, a manipulative orphan who becomes a ruthless killer; Valerie de Cevennes, a stunning heiress who falls into North’s diabolical trap; and Mr. Peters, a mute detective who communicates his brilliant reasoning through sign language.
This edition includes a critical Afterword and endnotes by Victorian scholar Dr. Chris Willis.
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This is a great book for any fan of mysteries or victorian melodrama. It is just a fun book to read when you want something on the lighter side. There are lots of twists and turns and surprises. The story is predictable but still worth the time.
Until they can clear up the editing (spelling), there is really not even a remotely good reason why I should waste my time trying to figure out what they were trying !x sbt!!