Woman in White (Tales of Mystery & the Supernatural)

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With an Introduction and Notes by Scott Brewster, University of Central Lancashire Wilkie Collins is a master of mystery, and The Woman in White is his first excursion into the genre. When the hero, Walter Hartright, on a moonlit night in north London, encounters a solitary, terrified and beautiful woman dressed in white, he feels impelled to solve the mystery of her distress. The intricate plot is peopled with a finely characterised cast, from the peevish invalid Mr Fairlie to the corpulent villain Count Fosco and the enigmatic woman herself.

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WILKIE COLLINS (1824-1889) studied law and was admitted to the bar but never practiced. Instead, he devoted his time to writing and is best known for his novels The Woman in White, No Name, Armadale, and The Moonstone, which has been called the finest detective story ever written. A number of his works were collaborations with his close friend, Charles Dickens. The Woman in White so gripped the imagination of the world that Wilkie Collins had his own tombstone inscribed: Author of The Woman in White.

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''The Woman in White has lasted, to our great pleasure, because it is superb storytelling about people who engage our minds and our imaginations.'' --Anne Perry, bestselling author

''Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit.'' --Dorothy L. Sayers, bestselling mystery author

''Both fans and newcomers to this classic suspense novel will enjoy the narrators' light British accents. The actors use varied vocal rhythms and patterns to distinguish educated upper-class characters from those lower on the pecking order. Especially effective are the convincing (and sometimes hilariously accented) voice of sinister Fosco; the stilted, sighing tones of hypochondriac patriarch Frederick Fairlie; and the sure, confident sounds of Marian Halcombe.'' --Booklist

''The Woman in White and The Moonstone are genuine classics . . . and, a rare thing among mystery stories, wonderful to re-read.'' --Robin Blake, Independent on Sunday

''Diabolical plans are afoot when the wealthy, young Laura Fairlie is targeted in a conspiracy to serve her cruel husband's whims. Since Collins tells the story through a series of individual narratives, the publisher chose a talented cast of actors to deliver the various points of view. Roger Rees portrays Laura's brave friend, Walter Hartright, with the feeling and candor so evident in his personality. Equally compelling is Rosalyn Landor's depiction of Marian Halcombe in a rational but genuine tone. All the actors give much attention to the various dialects and foreign accents as they embody the array of characters. The production not only draws the listener into the thrilling mystery but also offers a lot of fun along the way.'' --AudioFile

Collins was a master craftsman, whom many modern mystery-mongers might imitate to their profit. --Dorothy L. Sayers, best-selling mystery author

A genuine classic...and, a rare thing among mystery stories, wonderful to re-read. --Robin Blake, Independent on Sunday

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