Alexandra Hasluck is a historian who proves to be a compelling story-teller in these tales, mostly based on historical mysteries and legends. She is fascinated by character and motive, by the impulses and states of mind of the women she so gracefully and vividly brings to life – and to death. But, though there is a death in every story, the mood is light rather than tragic, no matter how macabre the theme.
Hannah Sweetacres on her lonely farm, the tragic and beautiful Drusilla, Bridget paying the penalty for her crime, Mrs. Mahaffey who knew everything: with a sure sense of drama, Lady Hasluck presents each in her setting, and the reader may decide for himself which stories are based on fact, and which are purest fiction.
One that is not imagined is the author’s moving tribute to her friend Herietta Drake-Brokman, “Lament for a Dead Writer.”
AUTHOR: Alexandra Hasluck