The Lost Voil - A fine RomanceAppebook
The Lost Viol, by M.P. Shiel. Better known for his weird fiction, this is a fine romance from Shiel, concerning the pursuit of a concert violinist by three women. According to a contemporary review: I am really at a loss to know what to say of “The Lost Viol”. It is awfully bad; it is indescribably good. I should think that both Henry James and George Meredith would greet its author as their vanquisher in psychological intricacies, ... I hardly suppose any woman could be so consistently criminal as the virtuous Kathleen, or so impossibly clever as the healthy animal, Hannah; and yet ... the complexity of the creature woman is unraveled as it never was before.
Contents: amazing Jack-in-the-box intrigues and a fervid atmosphere of theft, murder, forgery, eavesdropping and slander. Delicious.