This summaryof the novel is from Ernest Baker and James Packman, A Guide to the Best Fiction (London: George Routledge, 1932) — DB

Luke Sharp, the lawyer, plots to abduct an heiress, and actually proves her dead and buried; but his nefarious plans are overset, chiefly by the agency of Mr Cripps, an original whose raciness and humour are characteristic of Blackmore's country-folk. Rural Oxfordshire is the scene, and most of the persons introduced are homely and rude.

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