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4.4 out of 5 stars
Jezebel's Daughter
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This is a suspenseful tale with several plots. It is well-written but although I read the story from beginning to end, I felt that it was over-long and I could figure out what would happen next. Despite this, I enjoyed the story. I read many of Collins’ books and enjoyed them all.
It is 1828. A husband dies and his widow who becomes the senior partner in a thriving business in England and Germany wants to give female employees the same jobs and rights as men. She is able to implement her goal in England and wants to travel to Germany to persuade her partners to implements her plan.
The widow also wants to show that she can cure madness by being kind to deranged persons. She wants to bring one such person, a man, into her home “one of the most dangerous lunatics we have in the house (asylum).”
This man has a mysterious history.
One of the German partners refuses his son permission to marry a nice young woman who is the daughter of a woman who many people claim is evil. Among much else, they claim she stole poisons from her husband when he died.
There are two German partners and the allegedly evil woman has an evil impact upon one of the partners.
This woman has no money, her relatives refuse to help her, she is in debt and faces imprisonment, and she needs to get a large sum of money. She wants to get her daughter married to the son of the other German partner.
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VINE VOICEon April 24, 2017
Collins is always reliable, a great storyteller and an undervalued social commentator. The story may have oudated details but it also has fabulously vivid characters and uncharacteristically (for the times) strong women. The story was rewritten by Collins from the text of a previous, and unsuccessful, play. It has everything. Devious characters, suspense, poison, deception, and is as much fun as any of his great works. Highly recommended!
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on June 27, 2015
Wilkie Collins writes very well, and that always underpins his stories, and assures a pleasurable read--one rarely found in contemporary mysteries, poorly penned--even when the story itself requires the reader to suspend disbelief. There is always a turn too many. But Collins's books are page turners, and entertaining bedtime reading. Jezebel's Daughter is not his best, but it also merits more than three stars for its genre, therefore four.
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on August 27, 2016
This is an excellent mystery - truly as good as any modern novel I've read (and I've read a lot of them). Collins is a real genius in the genre of mysteries. Enjoy! I certainly did.
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on May 15, 2016
... loads of fun just the same. Not a whodunit, really; you can readily deduce the criminal's identity and the tale quickly confirms what you have determined. But the villain's attempts to avoid detection and stave off disaster are engaging.

I think this would make a really good costume drama of a film.
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on September 3, 2016
Thrilling story about social prejudice, judgment on personal appearances, money, debt, poison and love. Really good read.
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on February 20, 2015
This was a real page turner. Characters are perfectly defined and beliveable. Willie Collins spins an excellent tale that grasps the imagination and holds you there through the entire reading. No scheming through quickly. This book deserves your full attention. Sit back and enjoy the escape to another time and place.
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on March 8, 2016
This story was free for Kindle, which is how I came to read it. I enjoyed the read and thank the author for his generosity.
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on April 9, 2018
Interesting as historical example of early mystery. Otherwise not worth the time. A little bit of mild anti-Semitism which was typical of the era.
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on July 11, 2016
crime story ahead of its time! Enjoyable read if you are into twisting plots, suspense and surprise ending!
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