"...a rattling good read with all the elements of the sensation novel in full play... there is a first-hand freshness about the writing that makes for easy reading... For all it's redeeming humour and sense of fun the novel is based on a serious foundation of genuine sympathy for the great Victorian underclass without ever falling into the trap of Dickensian sentimentality."David Painting
Clever, yet comic and riveting, this Victorian novel of manners was first published in 1883 in three volumes novel - known as a 'three-decker'.
At Llwyn -yr-Allt, heiress Ethel Carton is robbed of her prized jewels. A local collier and poacher is accused, but the real culprit is Sylvester, a gentleman and shady financier. The villain goes unsuspected until he falls for the headstrong yet moral Welsh heroine Imogen Rhys. The "unconscious influence" of Ethel and her young cousin Imogen inspires both love and goodness despite diversion and danger in a sensational, dramatic dénouement.