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The Moonstone Read & Download ç E-book, or Kindle E-pub ó Intrigue investigations thievery drugs and murder all make an appearance in Collins's classic who done it The Moonstone Published in serial form in 1868 it was inspired in part by a spectacular murder case widely reported in the early 1860s Collins's story revolves aroIntrigue investigations thievery drugs and murder all make an appearance in Collins's classic who done it The Moonstone Published in serial form in 1868 it was inspired in part by a spectacular murder case widely reported in the early 1860s Collins's story revolves around a diamond stolen from a Hindu holy pl. 45 stars rounding up for this 1868 Victorian era mystery often considered the first English language detective novel Wilkie Collins spins a literary web that starts out slowly but then inexorably pulls you in; I finished the last half of the book in one extended readathon He has a gift for writing as vastly different characters who each take a turn telling or writing their part of the story and a droll sometimes very sarcastic sense of humorIn 1799 a British soldier steals a large yellow diamond from a Hindu statute in India ruthlessly killing three Indian men protecting the statue and earning himself a curse from one of them in the process He gets a bad reputation as a result and is shunned by his extended family in England So when he dies he leaves the Moonstone to his niece Rachel whose mother refused to receive him as a guest in her home knowing he's leaving her not only a 30000 pound fortune in the jewel but also a load of potential trouble there's not just the amorphous curse but three Indian men who have been following the owners of the Moonstone for years and are determined to steal it back one way or another Rachel's relative Franklin Blake is entrusted with bringing her the diamond for her 18th birthday and falls in love with her as he gets to know her over several days The Indians are lurking looking for their chance to grab their gem Rachel wears the Moonstone at a dinner party the night of her birthday puts the jewel in a drawer in her bedroom and the next morning it's gone The odd thing is it looks like an inside job The bumbling local police are of little help and even the renowned outside detective the estimable Sergeant Cuff is unable to bring the case to a satisfactory conclusion though part of the problem is that several people aren't cooperating with himWilkie Collins doesn't try all that hard to hide the villain in the tale but the how is fascinatingly revealed over the last half of the book I don't think Wilkie was particularly interested in giving readers all of the clues; this isn't really a mystery that is supposed to be solved by readers before the big reveal in my opinion the final reveal of exactly what went down that fateful night pretty much comes out of left field though there are a few clues in the story He's interested in telling an exciting story and he pulls just about everything into the mix a massive jewel star crossed love people hiding things for their own reasons a servant with a highly suspicious past dangerous uicksand and a loyal servant with an amusing and rather touching devotion to Robinson Crusoe which he treats as a sort of Bible Better him than Rachel's cousin Drusilla Clack an annoying Christian evangelist given to preaching and leaving tracts with titles like Satan in the Hair Brush around people's homes This proto detective novel does get a little slow at times Victorian authors typically weren't in a hurry to tell their stories especially when they were serialized in magazines like this one was But once the storyline really started moving along in the second half I thought it was a great read Bonus points for handling the Indian subplot in a manner that's unusually sensitive for books written in the Victorian age

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Ace On her eighteenth birthday Rachel Verinder receives the diamond but by the following morning the stone has been stolen again As the story unravels through multiple eyewitness accounts the elderly Sergeant Cuff with a face sharp as a hatchet looks for the culprit One of Collins's best loved novels with an. The following is a recently found letter written by the English author Charles Dickens to his friend Wilkie Collins concerning the latter’s newly released 1868 novel The MoonstoneCharles Dickens11 Gad’s Hill PlaceHingham KentEnglandNovember 13 1868Dear Wilkie I am now pressing my pen against this paper to congratulate you on the success of your excellent new novel The Moonstone I have just completed reading it and I would like to present you with my opinion that this was as they say a true “page turner” in every sense of the word I am also taking the liberty to take this compliment a step further by stating that this is one of the finest mystery novels of all time I must confess that I have never actually read a book such as this that captures the sensation of a mysterious theft and a thorough investigation that follows it It was a fascinating read throughout as the solution to the mystery was also entirely above my suspicion I also thoroughly enjoyed the use of multi narration where the reader obtains various different viewpoints during the inuiry concerning the loss of the Indian diamond I believe that this novel The Moonstone has successfully maintained the same exceptional level of uality as your masterpiece The Woman in White and it ranks among the top tiers of the written pages from our fellow countrymen I have not the shadow of a doubt that this book will continue to enthrall readers for centuries to come The Moonstone is a best seller at the local bookseller here in Kent and my excitement for your continued success is immense Well done my dear friend Wilkie We shall celebrate this achievement over a glass of Cognac Best wishes and I look forward to reading your future worksYour friend alwaysCharles Dickens

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The MoonstoneExciting plot moved along by deftly drawn characters and elegant pacing The Moonstone Was also turned into a play by Collins; the play appears as an appendix to this editionThe first ever English detective novel A priceless Indian jewel the Moonstone is at the center of intrigue murder love and much theorizin. I finished this book several days ago but couldn't motivate myself to add it to my goodreads shelves or write a review It's as if the weight of the tons of words in the text has paralysed me What's I knew what I was getting into I read The Woman in White just before this one and it left me with a similar lethargy The only thing I was capable of doing after I finished it was to pick up The Moonstone as if my mind had been taken over by a rabid Wilkie Collins fan Today I'm beginning to emerge from the stupor and I feel up to making a guess at why Collins's writing bewitched me enough to make me read two of his books yet numbed me so much at the same timeThe stories in the two books are told in the same long winded way each book traces the exact history of a series of mysterious events by making the characters who were most closely connected with each stage of the events narrate their experience word for wordWord for word really means word for word here The many narrators outdo each other in the care they take to tell every single thing they observed while at the same time not revealing anything that they learned after the period which their part of the narrative covers It's all very artificial and than a bit painful The narrators also specialize in adding extra details according to their particular brand of whimsy and some of them are very whimsical indeed The details in many cases have nothing to do with the central mystery of either book What's the mysteries when finally revealed hardly merit all the time and effort spent on recording them so painstakinglyTwo days laterI didn't finish writing this review the other day because I fell back into a stupor I think it was the very fact of describing why I'd fallen into a stupor in the first place that caused it to descend on me again I've read a book by a different author in the meantime—though not before I'd read a page of a third Wilkie Collins book I'd downloaded while my mind was still in the control of the Wilkie Collins fan Fortunately I saved myself in time and deleted it from my kindle before it got hold of me Well the refreshing book I've finished since has cleared the fog in my brain somewhat though I'm still prone to moments of utter blankness and now I'm able to explain why I was bewitched enough to read two Collins books It's because of a few of the narrators Frederick Fairlie in The Woman in White is so obnoxious yet so funny that he manages to relieve the ridiculous seriousness of that book which is no small achievement; Sergeant Cuff in The Moonstone is amusing too as is Miss Clack—when she isn't uoting from her huge fund of religious tracts And then there's Gabriel Betteridge who really does know how to tell a story—I just wished he had a better story to tell I wondered if his storytelling ability came from the fact that he'd read Robinson Crusoe so often he knew it by heart It was impossible not to warm to a character who loved reading as much as Gabriel Betteredge did