The Hoydens and Mr. Dickens: The Strange Affair of the Feminist Phantom

Diversion Books
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Charles Dickens and Wilkie Collins reveal the darker side of Victorian London—and a killer’s identity—in this “well-crafted adventure” (Publishers Weekly).
 
Charles Dickens is smitten with Ellen Ternan, a teenage actress, and heads to the country to retrieve her from the home for fallen women run by Angela Burdett-Coutts—who also owns one of England’s largest banks and has recently received an anonymous threatening note.
 
Back in London, Dickens and his fellow writer Wilkie Collins give the note to Inspector Field. But more urgent worries are to come. Both men’s paramours—the actress as well as a former prostitute—have been attending Women’s Emancipation Society meetings. When a young feminist is found fatally strangled at the scene of a robbery at Coutts Bank, Ellen, whose scarf was the murder weapon, is arrested. And it is up to Dickens to clear her name—hopefully without sullying his own, since at the time of the killing, the two were together in a hotel room . . .
 
“The story offers not only a mystery but also a look at some of the more prurient aspects of nineteenth-century London society . . . Atmospheric and cunningly plotted . . . Absorbing.” —Booklist
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About the author

William J. Palmer is the author of the "Mr. Dickens" series of Victorian murder mysteries which have been selections of The Literary Guild, The Book of the Month Club, The Mystery Guild, and The Doubleday Book Club. Two of these novels have also been optioned for feature film production. He has also written books on film history and novel criticism. He is a professor in the English Department at Purdue University and lives in West Lafayette, Indiana, in close proximity to the Wabash River.

Wilkie Collins was born in London, England on January 8, 1824. He worked first in business and then law, but eventually turned to literature. During his lifetime, he wrote 30 novels, more than 60 short stories, at least 14 plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces. His works include Antonia, The Woman in White, The Moonstone, The Haunted Hotel, and Heart and Science. He was a close friend of Charles Dickens and collaborated with him. He died on September 23, 1889.

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Publisher
Diversion Books
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Published on
Apr 19, 2015
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Pages
250
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ISBN
9781626817340
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Language
English
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Genres
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / General
Fiction / Mystery & Detective / Historical
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