A background in law may not be a condition for becoming a great novelwriter but like Dickens and Collins,
it certainly seems to have given Mina and edge.
Her talent and background however are not the only things she shares with these men:
like Dickens, she is able to speckle her often very depressing prose with an uplifting humour struck from daily life
and like Collins she has a wonderfull talent for constructing and unfolding plots.
In "Resolution" the similarities with the latter become even more obvious than in her previous 2 novels,
particularly the way her heroines make their enquiries remind us of Collins's works in wich the hero (and often the heroine) find themselves forced to turn detective,
and the commonplace way in wich they deliberate about their next course of action
makes one feel as if they are witnessing the writer pondering how to continue the novel.
But make no mistake, this is excatly what Mina intends, she masterly turns the readers mind wichever way she wants and it always serves a purpose,
for one of the most striking things in this novel is how Mina manages to keep the reader from discovering plottwists
that in hindsight seem quite obvious (on one memorable occasion even with comic effect) but are so craftily orchestrated that they shock the reader as much as they do
the characters on their discovery.