Book review: The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

The Eustace Diamonds (Palliser, #3)The Eustace Diamonds by Anthony Trollope

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

From BBC Radio 4 – Classical Serial:
Anthony Trollope’s enthralling novel about beautiful but deceitful widow Lizzie Eustace.

This is the third book of the Palliser series where the characters of Plantagenet Palliser, his wife Lady Glencora and their uncle the ailing Duke of Omnium are in the background.

The plot describes the life of a fortune-hunter, Lizzie Greystock who marries Sir Florian Eustace. One month later of their marriage, Sir Florian dies and leaves his fortune to Lizzie and his son.

Before his death, Sir Eustace gave to Lizzie a 10.000 pounds diamond’s necklace to wear.

Though these diamonds belong to her husband’s estate, Lizzie refuses to relinquish them. She lies about the terms under which they were given to her, leaving their ownership unclear. The indignant Eustace family lawyer, Mr Camperdown, strives to retrieve the necklace, putting the Eustaces in an awkward position.

In the meantime, Lizzie, after her mourning, spend her time searching for another husband: her suitors are Lord Fawn and her cousin Frank Greystock.

A police investigation is settled once the diamonds are supposed stolen….

Mr. Camperdown asking Lizzie Eustace where the diamonds are.

This novel was first published in 1871 as a serial in the Fortnightly Review.

Free download available at Project Gutenberg.

And the audio version is available at LibriVox.

2* Miss Mackenzie
3* Orley Farm
3* The American Senator
3* Christmas at Kirkby Cottage

The Palliser series:
4* Can You Forgive Her?
3* Phineas Finn
3* The Eustace Diamonds
TR Phineas Redux
TR The Prime Minister
TR The Duke’s Children

The Chronicles of Barsetshire series:
2* The Warden
TR The Barchester Towers
TR Dr. Thorne
TR Framley Parsonage
TR The Small House at Allington
TR The Last Chronicle of Barset


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