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The Queen of Hearts Paperback – September 25, 2013

ISBN-13: 978-1466248137 ISBN-10: 1466248130

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 306 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (September 25, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1466248130
  • ISBN-13: 978-1466248137
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.7 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,605,107 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

A popular and influential English novelist, dramatist, and short story writer, Wilkie Collins (1824-1889) was the son of a famous landscape painter, William Collins. Renowned for his sensational mysteries and romances, he is hailed as the inventor of the detective novel. Collins was a lawyer by training. Among his most famous works are The Woman in White (1860), and The Moonstone (1867), and No Name (1862).

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3.8 out of 5 stars

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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Sarah Mann on August 23, 2007
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I have written a review of a Wilkie Collins book already, and though I didn't like this book quite as much as I did the last one I read, still it was enjoyable. In this story an older man, Griffith, lives in the country with his two elder brothers. They live a quiet life in an old house. Thier life changes when a young woman whom he had been co-guardian to , comes to his home to stay for 6 weeks in order to inherit her dead fathers' money upon her 21st birthday. With only a short time left to the young womans visit, Griffith recices a letter from his son who is going to sail back home. In the letter his son reveals that he is in love with the young woamn, Jessie. In order to keep Jessie there in time for his son to come back and declare his feelings, Griffith and his 2 brothers write stories to keep her entertained. The contents of much of the book are the brother's stories. The book brings to mind Scheherezade, who told her stories-like Aladdin and the lamp-to her husband to preserve her life. It is an enjoyable read, and easy to get through.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By ash on July 20, 2010
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I tried reading Woman in White for a reading group but was not able to finish it. Someone in the group mentioned this book, and it sounded like one I might enjoy. Wow did I ever! I loved the premise, I loved the stories each brother told, loved how the young lady changed over time, and esp loved the ending. Definitely the type of book to read on a very hot summer afternoon, and one that I will remember for a long time. I probably will now try Woman in White again, and perhaps more of his books.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Jane Olson on November 9, 2008
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The Queen of Hearts by Wilkie Collins. Published by MobileReference (mobi).

This is a charming read that would be perfect for a lazy Saturday afternoon. Wilkie Collins fans should place The Queen of Hearts on their 'must read' list.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mimbelina on September 2, 2012
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A remote castle in Wales inhabited by three older men is the last place on earth that a young, lively girl of 18 would want to spend time. And yet, when forced by circumstances to take up residence there for six weeks prior to coming of age, Jessie surprises them all by finding immense enjoyment in the experience and by capturing each of her adopted uncles' hearts. As the time grows near for her to return to England, the three brothers find it necessary to trick her into prolonging her stay until a certain day. They cunningly decide to "trap" her interest by suggesting a new scheme of entertainment. Having heard her complaints about the lack of good stories present in the day's literature ("I'm sick to death of novels with an earnest purpose...what I want is something that seizes hold of my interest and makes me forget when it is time to dress for dinner, something that keeps me reading, reading, reading, in a breathless state to find out the end,") they propose to take turns telling her thrilling stories that will satisfy her taste for excitement and adventure. Jessie agrees to a trial run and, delighted by the first of the stories, continues to await each new installment with eager anticipation. When the last story is told, the reason for their scheme's necessity is unveiled after a brief period of heightened uncertainty about its success and Jessie finds her ties to the three men and the old castle made even tighter.

I enjoyed this book so much! Wilkie Collins was such a masterful storyteller and I became his devoted fan when I first read his novels, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Collins' ability to evoke an intense atmosphere of suspense and mystery is equaled by very few authors today and is evident in all of the short stories told by the three brothers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn Sears on April 2, 2012
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You just have to love Wilkie Collins - whatever he writes keeps you turning pages, and it will increase your working vocabulary!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Old Woman on August 30, 2010
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Basically, this is a bunch of short stories tucked inside a short love story. Three old men have to find a way to keep the young lady visiting them from going home, so they tell her a story each night. Some of the stories are good. The rest are okay. The basic story is sort of humorous.
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By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2014
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This was a unique novel. It opens with the introduction of three brothers, who have returned in their later years of life to live together in a secluded country home inherited by the eldest. Together they conspire to entice their pleasant young female visitor to extend her visit, by coming up with an activity she'd not want to miss! Thus began their newly inspired nightly ritual of storytelling, each brother contributed multiple narratives to keep their guest intrigued and in place for an additional eight nights. The short stories were fun. It was a Victorian happy ending.
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By DorisG on November 27, 2013
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Good start and a long, slow, trek to the obvious end that you see coming. If you want different type stories in a mystery this is it.
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