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Compiled by Charles Dickens, and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid the dark streets of Victorian London. Advised by her doctor to have a change of scenery, the elderly Sophonisba takes up lodgings in London. Immediately intrigued by a nearby “house to let,” she charges her two war Compiled by Charles Dickens, and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid the dark streets of Victorian London. Advised by her doctor to have a change of scenery, the elderly Sophonisba takes up lodgings in London. Immediately intrigued by a nearby “house to let,” she charges her two warring attendants, Trottle and Jarber, to unearth the secret behind its seeming desertedness. Rivals to the end, they each seek to outdo the other to satisfy their mistress’ curiosity; however, it is only after repeated false starts—and by way of elaborate tales of men lost at sea, circus performers, and forged death certificates—that they happen upon the truth. Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.


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Compiled by Charles Dickens, and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid the dark streets of Victorian London. Advised by her doctor to have a change of scenery, the elderly Sophonisba takes up lodgings in London. Immediately intrigued by a nearby “house to let,” she charges her two war Compiled by Charles Dickens, and including chapters by Elizabeth Gaskell and Wilkie Collins, A House to Let is a composite tale of mystery and intrigue set amid the dark streets of Victorian London. Advised by her doctor to have a change of scenery, the elderly Sophonisba takes up lodgings in London. Immediately intrigued by a nearby “house to let,” she charges her two warring attendants, Trottle and Jarber, to unearth the secret behind its seeming desertedness. Rivals to the end, they each seek to outdo the other to satisfy their mistress’ curiosity; however, it is only after repeated false starts—and by way of elaborate tales of men lost at sea, circus performers, and forged death certificates—that they happen upon the truth. Charles Dickens is one of England’s most important literary figures. His works enjoyed enormous success in his day and are still among the most popular and widely read classics of all time.

30 review for A House to Let (Librivox Audiobook)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sr3yas

    I have heard, as everybody else has, of a spirit’s haunting a house; but I have had my own personal experience of a house’s haunting a spirit; for that House haunted mine. A House to Let is the by-product of collaboration between four authors: Dickens, Collins, Gaskell and Procter. (As I am a comic book nerd, I call them GCPD) This is a story of an elderly lady's obsession with the house opposite to her cottage; A house that neither gets rented nor repaired; A house with an odd presen I have heard, as everybody else has, of a spirit’s haunting a house; but I have had my own personal experience of a house’s haunting a spirit; for that House haunted mine. A House to Let is the by-product of collaboration between four authors: Dickens, Collins, Gaskell and Procter. (As I am a comic book nerd, I call them GCPD) This is a story of an elderly lady's obsession with the house opposite to her cottage; A house that neither gets rented nor repaired; A house with an odd presence in it. I know what you are thinking. No, it's not haunted. For most of the parts, this is a well written cozy mystery. There are six chapters in this story and the four authors wrote one chapter each. Furthermore, Dickens and Collins penned the first and last chapters together. Out of six chapters, only three contribute to the real story. The other three are just filler chapters. Nevertheless, I loved the chapter written by Gaskell, The Manchester marriage which recounts the history of one of the previous tenants of the house. Oddly enough, one of the filler chapter recounting the history of the house is written by Dickens himself and it is unequivocally the most boring chapter in this book. If I could edit out that chapter and Procter's ten-page poem (for good measure), this would have been a solid four star story for me. All the chapters written by Collins & Collins/Dickens are solid, giving importance to the characters and the mystery itself. (I am tempted to call Collins the real MVP of this collaboration) At the very least, A house to let is a decent story and undoubtedly much better than their second collaborative work: The haunted house. -------------------------------------------- Victorian marriage proposal #17 “Mrs. Frank, is there any reason why we two should not put up our horses together?” Awwwww, he wants to join their hous...wait. eh?

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sandy

    I started out with A House to Let by reading the chapter entitled Going into Society, which is one of Dickens' Christmas stories. Read alone, the chapter is quite entertaining, a tad weird maybe (to my mind, although maybe not to younger generations). I was fascinated, as Dickens characters always fascinate. I really did want to understand it, though, and reading the entire book (5 chapters) seemed to be the most logical approach. So I just finished and I think I will make the entire book an ann I started out with A House to Let by reading the chapter entitled Going into Society, which is one of Dickens' Christmas stories. Read alone, the chapter is quite entertaining, a tad weird maybe (to my mind, although maybe not to younger generations). I was fascinated, as Dickens characters always fascinate. I really did want to understand it, though, and reading the entire book (5 chapters) seemed to be the most logical approach. So I just finished and I think I will make the entire book an annual Christmas event. In short, I loved it! The book was a collaborative effort of Dickens with his contemporaries, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and poet Adelaide Anne Procter. A famous lot to be sure -- except for Procter -- but her poetry is so wonderful that it seems a shame that her work remains in the shadows. This truly is a Christmas treat. An engaging plot. A smorgasbord of characters for all appetites from whimsical to tragic. There is no better way to pass a few of the darkest winter hours! The Librivox recording by Ruth Golding perfects the experience. Try it -- you'll like it too!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Piyangie

    This is a story about a house that is to be let, and an old lady's desire to solve the mystery behind the house which is not let. Two men, one is her butler and other her friend, vie each other to find out the truth behind the mystery. Written by four well-known authors of the Victorian era, the story has a mixed touch of tone which is brought by the different styles and characteristics of writing. Dickens's wit, Collin's mystery, Gaskell's matter-of-factness, and Proctor's poetry were combined This is a story about a house that is to be let, and an old lady's desire to solve the mystery behind the house which is not let. Two men, one is her butler and other her friend, vie each other to find out the truth behind the mystery. Written by four well-known authors of the Victorian era, the story has a mixed touch of tone which is brought by the different styles and characteristics of writing. Dickens's wit, Collin's mystery, Gaskell's matter-of-factness, and Proctor's poetry were combined in the story. A comical and dramatic touch was added through the rivalry of the two male to please the old lady. The story was interesting with a good storyline and a nice happy ending. It was a fun read and also quite an experience to read a story collaborated by four well-known authors.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    A good story. Narrated in a most endearing way.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Gorab

    At 70%, and I'm unable to continue it further. Except "The Manchester Marriage" which I enjoyed pretty good, rest of them were exhausting. "Going Into Society" was very dull and boring. Then came "Three evenings in The House", the poems which sounded nice on reading, but I couldn't understand the head or tale (excuse the pun) of it. And that became the last straw. Not interested to know about the house to let, in spite of the last chapter titled "Let At Last". Overall: Annoyed by the old English, t At 70%, and I'm unable to continue it further. Except "The Manchester Marriage" which I enjoyed pretty good, rest of them were exhausting. "Going Into Society" was very dull and boring. Then came "Three evenings in The House", the poems which sounded nice on reading, but I couldn't understand the head or tale (excuse the pun) of it. And that became the last straw. Not interested to know about the house to let, in spite of the last chapter titled "Let At Last". Overall: Annoyed by the old English, this slowly turned into a bitter medicine from a pleasant start.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Max

    I had a long train ride planned, two and a half hours so I wanted to read a book front to end. I remember picking this up in the thrift shop, fifty cents, and yesterday evening it's thin spine spoke to me. Just kidding, I just looked for a short book to finish in one go. Charming short stories, I found them very enjoyable. My favourite one was the marriage one. It's an old book, so old language is used. I will leave the book at the train station book exchange and pick up something else for the wa I had a long train ride planned, two and a half hours so I wanted to read a book front to end. I remember picking this up in the thrift shop, fifty cents, and yesterday evening it's thin spine spoke to me. Just kidding, I just looked for a short book to finish in one go. Charming short stories, I found them very enjoyable. My favourite one was the marriage one. It's an old book, so old language is used. I will leave the book at the train station book exchange and pick up something else for the way back tonight.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Rosemarie

    The chapters were by different authors, so I liked some more than others. The overall rating is actually 3.5.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Indrani Sen

    An empty house and it's many occupants form this story written by many authors. The writing style and form varies and the effect is good. I connected to Gaskell's and Procter's chapters more. Still it was all good old solid storytelling. 3 star for the plot. 1 start for the form. An empty house and it's many occupants form this story written by many authors. The writing style and form varies and the effect is good. I connected to Gaskell's and Procter's chapters more. Still it was all good old solid storytelling. 3 star for the plot. 1 start for the form.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Lucia

    I knew already that it was a ten-roomed house, very dirty, and much dilapidated; that the area-rails were rusty and peeling away, and that two or three of them were wanting, or half-wanting; that there were broken panes of glass in the windows... that there were games chalked on the pavement before the house, and likenesses of ghosts chalked on the street-door; that the windows were all darkened by rotting old blinds, or shutters The story revolves around a mysterious, bleak house which “won’ I knew already that it was a ten-roomed house, very dirty, and much dilapidated; that the area-rails were rusty and peeling away, and that two or three of them were wanting, or half-wanting; that there were broken panes of glass in the windows... that there were games chalked on the pavement before the house, and likenesses of ghosts chalked on the street-door; that the windows were all darkened by rotting old blinds, or shutters The story revolves around a mysterious, bleak house which “won’t let”. Its sinister aspect and a Secret Eye shining at a hole in one of the blinds trouble the narrator, an elderly lady whose lodging is opposite the house to let. Dickens, Collins, Gaskell and Procter contributed to the realization of A House to Let, each of them according to their peculariar skills. It is amazing however how this collection of stories works as a whole. My favourite parts were by Elizabeth Gaskell, who wrote the Manchester Marriage , and by Wilkie Collins who authored Trottle’s Report . The good characterization, the spooky atmosphere and its Victorian essence made this book a very enjoyable read to me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    JoAnn

    This book was a lot of fun to listen to. Of course, Ruth Golding (LibriVox.org) is a wonderful reader, but the book itself is a real treat. Four popular writers of the time: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins and Adelaide Anne Procter each wrote a chapter of the book and Charles Dickens edited the entire story, making it fit together seamlessly as a whole. It is about a house that has remained vacant for several years which as come to the notice of an elderly woman named Sophonisba This book was a lot of fun to listen to. Of course, Ruth Golding (LibriVox.org) is a wonderful reader, but the book itself is a real treat. Four popular writers of the time: Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins and Adelaide Anne Procter each wrote a chapter of the book and Charles Dickens edited the entire story, making it fit together seamlessly as a whole. It is about a house that has remained vacant for several years which as come to the notice of an elderly woman named Sophonisba. She wants to know why the house is vacant, which is what the various chapters set out to explain, through the histories of various tenants. I enjoyed this novel and am again grateful to the volunteers at Librivox.org for making it available to me. It is another book I would never have heard of or read except I stumbled upon it through this website.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Laura

    I am reading it as an e-book at Gutenberg Project. Contents: Over the Way The Manchester Marriage Going into Society Three Evenings in the House Trottle’s Report Let at Last Page 5: All at once—in the first-floor window on my right—down in a low corner, at a hole in a blind or a shutter—I found that I was looking at a secret Eye. Page 28: “O, sir, you must go. You must not stop a minute. If he comes back he will kill you.” Page 52: Or, to put it in plainer terms still, the subject was no other than the my I am reading it as an e-book at Gutenberg Project. Contents: Over the Way The Manchester Marriage Going into Society Three Evenings in the House Trottle’s Report Let at Last Page 5: All at once—in the first-floor window on my right—down in a low corner, at a hole in a blind or a shutter—I found that I was looking at a secret Eye. Page 28: “O, sir, you must go. You must not stop a minute. If he comes back he will kill you.” Page 52: Or, to put it in plainer terms still, the subject was no other than the mystery of the empty House. Page 67: To make short of a long story—and what story would not be long, coming from the lips of an old woman like me, unless it was made short by main force!—I bought the House.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Sharadha Jayaraman

    4-star Review: A House to Let by Charles Dickens This novel, compiled by Charles Dickens and co-authored by Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and Anne Procter, is a crisp and vivid account of a mysterious house in London that hasn't been let in years. Each chapter reinforces one of the many reasons why it has remained uninhabitable, with the actual mystery only unfolding in the end. The main and supporting characters were well-written and impacted the plot substantially. Since this is my first an 4-star Review: A House to Let by Charles Dickens This novel, compiled by Charles Dickens and co-authored by Elizabeth Gaskell, Wilkie Collins, and Anne Procter, is a crisp and vivid account of a mysterious house in London that hasn't been let in years. Each chapter reinforces one of the many reasons why it has remained uninhabitable, with the actual mystery only unfolding in the end. The main and supporting characters were well-written and impacted the plot substantially. Since this is my first anthology read, 0.5 stars for the format. I've often heard that an anthology is a publication of stand-alone works. However, what impressed me most about A House to Let is how four authors with disparate writing styles, collaborated on a project, to render the plot's continuity and coherency unaltered. It would probably mean a lot of meetings and brain-storming (read letter exchanges) sessions between them. Regardless, the outcome was top-notch. I'm going to be awfully partial toward Elizabeth Gaskell's Manchester Marriage when I say that it indeed was the winning tale among all the other chapters in the book for me. All other chapters piqued my interest at varying degrees. I'm thankful to all my friends who volunteered to group read this with me. Special mention to Ruth Golding and LibriVox's superlative effort to bring the narrative to life despite certain parts proving to be dreary.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Smitha

    I picked this book as a part of a weekend group read (with a dozen or so close bookish friends) that I am addicted to. Charles Dickens is one of my better liked authors and I love themes with older women who investigate mysteries, and seeing that this involved a haunted house gave it great charm. Added to all this was the fact that it was a combined effort by four authors including Wilkie Colins and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom I am partial to. But I can't say that I liked it much. My interest I picked this book as a part of a weekend group read (with a dozen or so close bookish friends) that I am addicted to. Charles Dickens is one of my better liked authors and I love themes with older women who investigate mysteries, and seeing that this involved a haunted house gave it great charm. Added to all this was the fact that it was a combined effort by four authors including Wilkie Colins and Elizabeth Gaskell, both of whom I am partial to. But I can't say that I liked it much. My interest proponentially dwindled with the coming chapters, chapter 1 being the best of the lot, and the last chapter which revealed the facts behind the house which wasnt being let , the most dramatic. All in all, a short and readable novel, and to me it doesn't seem like one among the famous works any of the authors, though I am unable to comment upon Anne Procter as I haven't read her works before.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lorrie | books.and.darjeeling

    Instagram Dickens December Readalong A House to Let is a short story by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter. It was originally published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens' Household Words magazine. Collins wrote the introduction and collaborated with Dickens on the second story and ending, while Gaskell and Proctor wrote the remainder. This is a short six chapter story that for the most part was easy to follow. Each chapter was characteristic of e Instagram Dickens December Readalong A House to Let is a short story by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter. It was originally published in 1858 in the Christmas edition of Dickens' Household Words magazine. Collins wrote the introduction and collaborated with Dickens on the second story and ending, while Gaskell and Proctor wrote the remainder. This is a short six chapter story that for the most part was easy to follow. Each chapter was characteristic of each author so it made interesting reading as their individual chapters blended to create one story. I did enjoy reading it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Rebekah Giese Witherspoon

    What fun! A Victorian mystery/melodrama written by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the poet Adelaide Ann Procter. The combined charms of these authors produced a quirky little 90-page concoction that was just what I needed: a quick trip into Victoriana without committing to a 700-page masterpiece. I didn’t know this book existed until I found the charming BBC Radio Drama: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x... The free ebook is available at gutenberg.org and on Kindle. What fun! A Victorian mystery/melodrama written by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and the poet Adelaide Ann Procter. The combined charms of these authors produced a quirky little 90-page concoction that was just what I needed: a quick trip into Victoriana without committing to a 700-page masterpiece. I didn’t know this book existed until I found the charming BBC Radio Drama: https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00x... The free ebook is available at gutenberg.org and on Kindle.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky

    Whew! I knew it was a bit of a mystery, but I really wasn’t expecting it to be SUCH a mystery. I should have known better where Wilkie Collins was concerned, it smacked of his plot lines. This book was co-authored by some of my absolute favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Elizabeth Gaskell. It was also penned by Adelaide Anne Proctor, who I discovered because of this work, and for which I am inordinately thankful. It was so much fun to see the differences between the authors in Whew! I knew it was a bit of a mystery, but I really wasn’t expecting it to be SUCH a mystery. I should have known better where Wilkie Collins was concerned, it smacked of his plot lines. This book was co-authored by some of my absolute favorite authors: Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, and Elizabeth Gaskell. It was also penned by Adelaide Anne Proctor, who I discovered because of this work, and for which I am inordinately thankful. It was so much fun to see the differences between the authors in the various chapters. I always like Gaskell’s characters, but I realized it was Collins and Dickens that make me truly emotionally involved with the characters. The several scant lines about Sophonisba’s loneliness at the start of the novel were so poignant that I was truly aching for her (view spoiler)[ I was extraordinarily happy her life is fulfilled by the little boy at the end (hide spoiler)] The Manchester Marriage had little to do with the overall story, except it whets your appetite to know the mystery of the house. It was a wonderful short story though. Gaskell again uses maritime misadventure to displace a male lead, and I feel that this must have been a nod to her brother who disappeared on a similar voyage to India and was never found. The characters are enchanting and it makes very smooth reading. You’ll love Mr. Openshaw, who is a man we love to read about. Truly good. Proctor’s poetry is haunting and beautiful, and does an excellent job of telling a coherent story. By chapter four I’d stopped taking notes on what I thought because I was so enthralled with the story. An excellent resolution that will not disappoint, but leaves you very well content. It’s such a great story, and it’s very short. I highly suggest it. I do wish, however, that Mr. Jarba hadn’t suddenly disappeared. This book was provided as an audiobook for free by Librivox.org. And was read excellently!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lyazzat

    This is my collaboration of three authours' book. Each author had a unique writing style and love them all as it had different parts which played well as a whole story. E.Gaskell's story was interesting as her storytelling was incredible. This is my collaboration of three authours' book. Each author had a unique writing style and love them all as it had different parts which played well as a whole story. E.Gaskell's story was interesting as her storytelling was incredible.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Cait Poytress

    I especially liked Elizabeth Gaskell's contribution, The Manchester Marriage. I especially liked Elizabeth Gaskell's contribution, The Manchester Marriage.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Carrie ReadingtoKnow

    I've never read this Christmas story, which is collaboration between Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskall and Adelaide Anne Procter. It's a short story, being about 100 pages long but full of mystery, intrigue, the downfall of humanity and, in the end, redemption. I started reading this by listening to an audio version but stopped to find a physical copy because I was enjoying it so much. It was not a disappointment in the least! If you haven't had a chance to read it, I'd suggest looking I've never read this Christmas story, which is collaboration between Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskall and Adelaide Anne Procter. It's a short story, being about 100 pages long but full of mystery, intrigue, the downfall of humanity and, in the end, redemption. I started reading this by listening to an audio version but stopped to find a physical copy because I was enjoying it so much. It was not a disappointment in the least! If you haven't had a chance to read it, I'd suggest looking for it and adding it to your Christmas repertoire!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Megan

    Interesting mashup of famous writers. Just don’t think I was in the mood for Victorian melodrama. :-)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rachel {bibliopals}

    3.5 stars

  22. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Matherne

    I listened to about a quarter of this book, and the premise just wasn't drawing me in. The authors I do enjoy, but this collaboration simply didn't seem to be for me. I listened to about a quarter of this book, and the premise just wasn't drawing me in. The authors I do enjoy, but this collaboration simply didn't seem to be for me.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Cheshta Choudhury (bookbeliever)

    First published in the year 1858 in Dickens' magazine- Household Works, "A House to Let" is a collaborative work involving chapters from Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Procter. While the first 3 remain well known to this day, Procter has been quite forgotten; although her poetry was quite famous in her own time, in fact, she was Queen Victoria's favourite poet! Its a novella about Sophonisba, an old lady who is advised by her doctor to get a change of air and scener First published in the year 1858 in Dickens' magazine- Household Works, "A House to Let" is a collaborative work involving chapters from Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Procter. While the first 3 remain well known to this day, Procter has been quite forgotten; although her poetry was quite famous in her own time, in fact, she was Queen Victoria's favourite poet! Its a novella about Sophonisba, an old lady who is advised by her doctor to get a change of air and scenery. She thus decides to lodge in London for some months. However, she soon finds herself worrying about the story of the House opposite to her's which is 'not to let'. Her long-time admirer Jarber and faithful servant Trottle are employed by her to find out the mystery of the House. A cozy mystery with an amazing build-up and satisfying end, even if some parts were quite disjointed and sad. The first and last chapters are written jointly by Dickens and Collins. Though I am yet to read Collins' works, I loved their joint forces in writing! The second chapter, my favourite, is written by Gaskell (I hadn't read her before either). The third chapter is by Dickens and is the odd-one-out because it didn't really flow smoothly with the other chapters but it was thoughtful, pondering, and thus quite enjoyable in a different way. Fourth chapter is a sad poem by Procter which I'm sure I need to re-read to grasp its full depth but otherwise, I very much liked it! Lastly, Collins contributed the fifth chapter which brings us to the resolution and was quite pleasant to read. I'm so glad that we decided to read it as a part of #DickensDecember! I particularly loved the characters Mr Openshaw and Jarber. I must say that most of the main characters felt very Dickensian and I adored them for that! The mention of dates and the overall feel of the story made it easy to connect it with Christmas.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Julie Davis

    I really enjoyed this a lot. It's a collection of short stories that appeared in one of Charles Dickens' publications. The framing story is by Wilkie Collins about an elderly lady's curiosity about the "house to let" across the street. Stories about the house's previous residents are supplied by such luminaries as Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. Fairly short and, as I said, enjoyable. I really enjoyed this a lot. It's a collection of short stories that appeared in one of Charles Dickens' publications. The framing story is by Wilkie Collins about an elderly lady's curiosity about the "house to let" across the street. Stories about the house's previous residents are supplied by such luminaries as Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskell. Fairly short and, as I said, enjoyable.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Niki (nikilovestoread)

    This was an odd little collection. It almost seemed to be unrelated stories that Dickens strung together in order to publish them as one. Anyway, by far, the Gaskell story was my favorite. It was well written and a good story. As much as I love Dickens and Collins, this just wasn't up to snuff for them. It's a quick read, though, and still worth reading, especially when you don't have the time to really settle in with their longer works. (Also, I completely skipped the poetry by Proctor. I just This was an odd little collection. It almost seemed to be unrelated stories that Dickens strung together in order to publish them as one. Anyway, by far, the Gaskell story was my favorite. It was well written and a good story. As much as I love Dickens and Collins, this just wasn't up to snuff for them. It's a quick read, though, and still worth reading, especially when you don't have the time to really settle in with their longer works. (Also, I completely skipped the poetry by Proctor. I just don't enjoy poetry. So, I have no opinion on her section of the story.)

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julie

    This was a fun treat that I had never heard of until very recently ~ a story written by Charles Dickens, Wilkie Collins, Elizabeth Gaskell and Adelaide Anne Procter! It was written for a Christmas edition of a magazine, and the main story was outlined and the first chapter written by Dickens and Collins together. Then each of the four authors wrote an additional chapter. The story is a mystery with a happy Christmas ending, and is a short and enjoyable read.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kru

    3.6 stars to be exact. The first and last chapters co-written by Dickens and Collins wonderfully introduce the plot, the main characters and blend the other chapters well to give a neat climax. There are four chapters in between, written by each of the four authors, each standing out distinctively with regards to their style. The two women writers definitely score a little over the men in The Manchester marriage and Three evenings in the house.

  28. 4 out of 5

    K.

    Wonderful fun! I copied the text from Gutenburg. It must have been a "I'll write the first part of the story; you write the second and so on." How could you go wrong with Dickens, Collins and Gaskell? Wonderful fun! I copied the text from Gutenburg. It must have been a "I'll write the first part of the story; you write the second and so on." How could you go wrong with Dickens, Collins and Gaskell?

  29. 5 out of 5

    Lavinia

    A most interesting story, all through.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dorcas

    An interesting little mystery about a house to let across the street that remains empty despite the long passage of time. The old woman who takes the house overlooking it, is so eaten up with curiosity that her two manservants take it on themselves to unravel the mystery of the building's previous tenants and hopefully unlock it's secrets. An interesting little mystery about a house to let across the street that remains empty despite the long passage of time. The old woman who takes the house overlooking it, is so eaten up with curiosity that her two manservants take it on themselves to unravel the mystery of the building's previous tenants and hopefully unlock it's secrets.

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