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Over half a century before the rise of the great Queens of Crime , Agatha Christie and Dorothy L. Sayers, Amelia B. Edwards was an expert practitioner of crime fiction and murder mysteries, of which the best dozen are included in this volume. These gripping tales range from ingenious whodunnits - All Saints Eve and The Tragedy in the Palazzo Bardello - to encounters with h ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published September 10th 2007 by Wordsworth Editions Ltd (first published 1876)
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Randolph
Mrs. Edwards has a fine collection here of Victorian spook and mystery. The supernatural is barely visible here except as a plot device but there are still enough atmospherics to make for a pleasant diversion. Edwards' forte is a sense of place and her locations and scenes are particularly vivid and expressive. The stories are blessedly free of the sameness that mars so many Victorian ghost collections.

Solid three stars for this slim volume.
Colin
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
Amelia B. Edwards was a Victorian traveller, adventurer and renowned Egyptologist. She was also a prolific writer of novels and short stories, many of them in the mystery and supernatural genre. She was a regular contributor to Dickens' All the Year Round Christmas editions, and many of the stories in this collection were first published there. It is only due to Wordsworth putting this compilation of some of her best stories together that I encountered her at all, and they are to be congratulate ...more
Robin
Aug 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
A very well written and enjoyable collection of Gothic and ghostly tales. No outright horror, in the sense of gore and shocks found in modern tales, but a definite sense of creepiness and unease permeating the stories. I particularly liked "A Railway Panic", with it account of someone trapped in a carriage with a deeply disturbed man.
Lovers of Dickens' ghost stories will certainly find much to enjoy here, and should provide good inspiration to anyone wanting to write a Victorian ghost story.
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Oct 19, 2013 rated it liked it
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Nicht so gruselig, aber ganz ordentlich, und die Autorin scheint für ihre Zeit ganz schön selbstständig gewesen zu sein.
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Amelia Ann Blandford Edwards

An English novelist, journalist, lady traveller and Egyptologist, born to an Irish mother and a father who had been a British Army officer before becoming a banker. Edwards was educated at home by her mother, showing considerable promise as a writer at a young age. She published her first poem at the age of 7, her first story at age 12. Edwards thereafter proceeded to p
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