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The Shadow of the Rope

Ernest William Hornung (1866-1921)

1. 01 - Chapter I - The End of their Life
2. 02 - Chapter II - The Case for the Crown
3. 03 - Chapter III - Name and Nature
4. 04 - Chapter IV - The Man in the Train
5. 05 - Chapter V - The Man in the Street
6. 06 - Chapter VI - A Peripatetic Providence
7. 07 - Chapter VII - A Morning Call
8. 08 - Chapter VIII - The Dove and the Serpent
9. 09 - Chapter IX - A Change of Scene
10. 10 - Chapter X - A Slight Discrepancy
11. 11 - Chapter XI - Another New Friend
12. 12 - Chapter XII - Episode of the Invisible Visitor
13. 13 - Chapter XIII - The Australian Room
14. 14 - Chapter XIV - Battle Royal
15. 15 - Chapter XV - A Chance Encounter
16. 16 - Chapter XVI - A Match for Mrs. Venables
17. 17 - Chapter XVII - Friends in Need
18. 18 - Chapter XVIII - They Which Were Bidden
19. 19 - Chapter XIX - Rachel's Champion
20. 20 - Chapter XX - More Haste
21. 21 - Chapter XXI - Worse Speed
22. 22 - Chapter XXII - The Darkest Hour
23. 23 - Chapter XXIII - Dawn
24. 24 - Chapter XXIV - One Who Was Not Bidden
25. 25 - Chapter XXV - A Point to Langholm
26. 26 - Chapter XXVI - A Cardinal Point
27. 27 - Chapter XXVII - The Whole Truth
28. 28 - Chapter XXVIII - In the Matter of a Motive

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Summary

Rachel Minchin stands in the dock, accused of murdering the dissolute husband she was preparing to leave. The trial is sensational, and public opinion vehemently and almost universally against her. When the jury astonishes and outrages the world with a vedict of Not Guilty, Rachel quickly finds herself in need of protection. It comes in the form of a surprising offer of marriage from a mysterious stranger who has sat through every day of her trial. The marriage to this intriguing stranger, Mr. Steel, is by mutual agreement to be a platonic one, the only condition of which is that neither is ever to question the other about the past. The two travel to Steel’s remote country estate, where Rachel accidentally discovers that her second husband’s past was somehow intertwined with her first husband’s history – but how, exactly, and why he determined to marry her, Steel will not say. As her doubts about her husband increase, local busybodies threaten to unearth Rachel’s own past. And that is the least of the secrets that comes to light as this entertaining mystery unfolds. (Introduction by Christine Dufour)

Reviews

jude slater

- shadow of the rope

A good story, clearly narrated. Highly recommended.

Bernie

- Shadow of the Rope

Very good. And very well narrated too.

JMR

Good story . Well narrated.

Carolyn

Absolutely wonderful!