Biography: Wilkie Collins was born in 1824 in London, later moving with his family to Italy. His first job was as a clerk to a tea merchant. He found that his real interest was in writing and he eventually met and became friends with Charles Dickens who encouraged him to go on and write 27 novels, 50+ short stores, 15+ plays and 100 pieces of non-fiction. The themes of his novels were about the plight of women and the social issues of the day. As with other writers of his time, many of his novels were first printed as serials in magazines. He suffered from gout and took opium for the pain, using his drug experiences as the basics for several books. He never married, however he lived with several women and fathered three children.

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  1. The Two Destinies
    The Two Destinies
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.5/5 (202 votes cast)

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    George Germaine has built his marriage on the ideal of spiritual love. To bring this ultimate experience to others, he and his wife conduct all manner of seance, trance, and supernatural experiment. Some accuse them of insanity, but is it crazy to aspire to the greatest heights of love?

    Category: Fantasy & Paranormal Romance

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  2. Armadale
    Armadale
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.4/5 (231 votes cast)

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    A flame-haired villainess is the link between several generations of Armadale men as they attempt to solve the mystery of who is the rightful heir to the Armadale estate in Barbados, West Indies. Miss Lydia Gwilt, beautiful and deadly, may hold the key to their past and thus their future.

    Categories: Historical Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  3. The Law and the Lady
    The Law and the Lady
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.2/5 (177 votes cast)

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    New bride Valeria soon suspects her husband Eustace Woodville of having a secret past and a false identity. When she discovers he has been tried for poisoning his first wife, she is shocked, but convinced he is innocent. Valeria turns detective to uncover the truth and clear his name.

    Category: Romantic Suspense

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  4. The Queen of Hearts
    The Queen of Hearts
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.5/5 (146 votes cast)

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    Griffith and his older brothers live a quiet life in an old country house, until Jessie, nearly 21, comes to stay. When Griffith gets word that his son will return from sea to declare his love for Jessie, the brothers spin tales to keep the heiress entertained until the sailor arrives.

    Categories: Romance, Historical Romance

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  5. The Woman in White
    The Woman in White
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.6/5 (199 votes cast)

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    Fulfilling the wishes of her dying father, young Laura Fairlie agrees to marry Sir Percival Glyde, who brings villainy into her virtuous Victorian world. Sir Percival is not prepared for the protections of courageous sister Marian, observant teacher Walter or the mysterious Woman in White.

    Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  6. Blind Love
    Blind Love
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.7/5 (216 votes cast)

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    Bright, bold Englishwoman Iris Henley is not known to take the conventional paths in life. Even she may be over her head, though, when she falls in love with Lord Harry Norland, an active member of a squad of assassins. The last novel written by mystery writer Wilkie Collins, Blind Love was left unfinished. At the author's deathbed request, the novel was completed by historian and novelist Walter Besant.

    Categories: Romance, Romantic Suspense

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  7. A Rogue's Life
    A Rogue's Life

    by Wilkie Collins

    A Rogue's Life
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.5/5 (212 votes cast)

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    An adventure cliffhanger, this tells the story of a grand life in Paris filled with art, friendship, fun and adventures. The many set backs faced by the narrator are met with optimism. It was originally serialized, with the cliffhanger chapter endings leaving the reader looking for the next adventure.

    Categories: Romance, Other Fiction, Romantic Suspense

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  8. The New Magdalen
    The New Magdalen

    by Wilkie Collins

    The New Magdalen
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.7/5 (229 votes cast)

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    Two very different women are forced to survive during the war between France and Germany. One is hit by a loose shell and the other decides to take the opportunity to leave behind her life as a fallen woman by assuming the other woman's identity and travels to England.

    Categories: Romance, Other Fiction, Historical Romance

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  9. The Moonstone
    The Moonstone
    by Wilkie Collins

    Rating: 2.8/5 (284 votes cast)

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    In this fast-paced mystery, eyewitnesses each tell what they know about an enormous diamond that is taken out of India and sent to London where it disappears. The story revolves around who really owns the diamond. The book, first published in 1868, is often called the first detective novel and is one of the author's most critically-acclaimed works.

    Categories: Mystery & Suspense, Romantic Suspense

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