Reader review: A Land so Wild

"I just re-read this, and I don't know how to put into words how intensely satisfying this story is. Even though I'd already read it once, I was on the edge of my seat. The way you use log entries and mail is incredibly effective. And the voices! Everyone's voice is so different.

This is a masterpiece and it's one of my very favorite stories. I know I'm going to read it again (and probably again and again). Masterful writing.

I want to wrap it up in a blanket and hug it tight to me and never let it go."

-- Dalton Graham (February 2018)

Reviews of The Lodger

"The Lodger still has the power to chill. It is a novel that deals primarily in suspicion and dread and unease. Perhaps like me, you‘ll welcome the opportunity to chuck out the old dog-eared paperback and replace it with this deluxe new volume from Cambridge Scholars. Editor Elyssa Warkentin has done a great job in re-introducing this early twentieth-century classic to scholarly and general public attention."
David Green
Ripperologist 146 (2015)


"This new edition of Marie Belloc Lowndes’s The Lodger revives an important work in the history of women’s literature and detective fiction. Featuring an amateur female detective and a character inspired by Jack the Ripper, this early twentieth-century classic is sure to be of keen interest to both scholars and general readers. In her illuminating critical introduction, editor Elyssa Warkentin situates the novel within compelling literary and cultural contexts, highlighting its engagement with issues of gender, crime, and social class. She also provides welcome attention to Lowndes herself – a prolific author of bestsellers whose work deserves recognition and appreciation in our own time."
Alexis Easley
Professor of English, University of St. Thomas


"Marie Belloc Lowndes’ 1913 novel The Lodger has been too long out of print. Among the first fictions to be based on the Whitechapel murders, The Lodger is an important document in the history of cultural responses and in particular women’s responses to the figure of Jack the Ripper. Dr Elyssa Warkentin’s new edition brings this compelling work back into circulation and the figure of Lowndes to new critical attention."
Professor Cecily Devereux
University of Alberta