Mary Elizabeth Braddon's 1862 novel of melodrama. Sir Michael Audley, 56, is married to Lucy, Lady Audley, who's more than 30 years younger than him. And she has a secret. It may involve bigamy, dual identity, blackmail, attempted murder, and more. Sir Michael's nephew, Robert, is a lethargic pleasure-loving youth who's roused into thought and action as he attempts to discover the truth. Fast-paced, highly readable, funny in bits.