My Grand Enemy Author:Jean Stubbs The powder was white arsenic,and old man Blandy died. His dark-hared daughter Mary stood trial. — My Grand Enemy is the true story of a grand passion -- an eighteenth century liaison beside which many a newspaper story of today would pale. — Francis Blandy was a testy, tightfisted, successful attorney who dreamed of climbing the social ladder. H... more »e thought his daughter Mary was too good for any of the local jackanapes -- she deserved the hand of a lord. Anto this end, Blandy gave Mary -- intelligent, attractive, but uncomfortably close to thirty -- a £10,000 dowry.
Instantly attracted to the bait was one captain Willy Cranstoun, a man of scarred countenance and shadowy reputation. Mary proved easily susceptible to his vow that she alone held his heart, and her provincial father was delighted that the son of a lord would soon be a member of his family...
Then Cranstoun asked Mary to do something for him. What she did, and the scandalous consequences of her act, is at the heart of this true-to-life story.
Jean Stubbs is a British novelist and short story writer; in writing this eighteenth century tragedy, she has re-created the atmosphere of its time and the color of its characters in a style that makes the book a remarkable tour de force.« less