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The Wicked Marquis   By: (1866-1946)

The Wicked Marquis by Edward Phillips Oppenheim

The Wicked Marquis by Edward Phillips Oppenheim takes readers on a thrilling journey into the world of espionage, romance, and political intrigue. Set against the backdrop of early 20th-century Europe, this novel captivates with its complex characters and suspenseful plot.

The story revolves around the enigmatic Marquis of Ribblesdale, a notorious figure known for his involvement in shady dealings. As the narrative unfolds, the author skillfully reveals the layers of the Marquis' personality, keeping readers guessing about his true intentions. Oppenheim expertly creates a sense of mystery and unpredictability, ensuring that the readers are constantly left on the edge of their seats.

The pacing of the book is remarkable, with each chapter offering new twists and turns. Oppenheim's ability to build suspense and maintain it throughout is commendable. Additionally, the author seamlessly weaves together various subplots, keeping the narrative engaging and multifaceted.

One of the highlights of the book is the well-crafted character development. The Marquis is a captivating protagonist, with his unpredictable nature and hidden motives. Oppenheim skillfully portrays his inner struggles and conflict with moral ambiguity. Alongside him, the supporting characters are equally interesting, each with their own unique motivations and backstories.

Romance also plays a significant role in The Wicked Marquis. Oppenheim masterfully intertwines love and treachery, creating a poignant and heartfelt atmosphere. The romance is not limited to the central characters; it extends to the entire narrative, enriching the overall reading experience.

Moreover, Oppenheim's meticulous attention to historical detail adds an authentic touch to the novel. From the portrayal of social norms to the political landscape of the time, the author paints a vivid picture of early 20th-century Europe. This historical accuracy enhances the realism of the story and immerses the readers in its richly described settings.

However, there are moments when the plot becomes convoluted, with numerous twists and turns that can be challenging to follow. While this complexity adds excitement to the narrative, it may also confuse some readers.

Overall, The Wicked Marquis is a captivating novel that seamlessly blends espionage, romance, and political intrigue. Oppenheim's skillful storytelling and well-developed characters make for an enthralling read. Fans of historical fiction and suspenseful mysteries will find this book a delightful addition to their collection.

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[Illustration: Cover art]

[Frontispiece: Luncheon at 94 Grosvenor Square was an exceedingly simple meal. FRONTISPIECE. See page 92 .]








Copyright, 1919,


All rights reserved


Luncheon at Grosvenor Square was an exceedingly simple meal . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Frontispiece

"Richard Vont was head keeper at Mandeleys when I succeeded to the title and estates"

"I expect we are all as bad, though," she went on rather gloomily, "even if we are not quite so blatant"

"You're very hard, father," she said simply



Reginald Philip Graham Thursford, Baron Travers, Marquis of Mandeleys, issued, one May morning, from the gloomy precincts of the Law Courts without haste, yet with certain evidences of a definite desire to leave the place behind him. He crossed first the pavement and then the street, piloted here and there by his somewhat obsequious companion, and turned along the Strand, westwards. Then, in that democratic thoroughfare, for the first time since the calamity had happened, his lips were unlocked in somewhat singular fashion... Continue reading book >>

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