The Moonstone

The Moonstone

Book - 1998
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The Moonstone is an enormous diamond, stolen from an Indian shrine and bequeathed to a young English heiress, Rachel Verinder, by a malicious uncle. When the cursed gem vanishes from Miss Verinder's bedroom, suspicion falls alternately on a lovesick, hunchbacked housemaid, a band of Indian jugglers, Rachel's beloved cousin, Franklin Blake, a sanctimonious suitor named Godfrey Ablewhite, and even Rachel herself. The eccentric Sergeant Cuff arrives to solve the mystery, employing clever methods of deductive reasoning that have since been employed by countless fictional detectives. Told in vastly entertaining narratives (highlights include the comical house steward Gabriel Betteridge and the religious zealot, poor Miss Clack), the sensational mystery hinges on unrequited love, the avarice of an evangelical layman, the peculiar effects of opium, and the looming menace of a trio of Brahmins, determined to restore the stolen gem to its original shrine.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 1998
ISBN: 9780140434088 (pbk.)
0140434089 (pbk.)
Branch Call Number: Y COLLINS
Characteristics: xxxix, 477 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kemp, Sandra


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Feb 21, 2018

Many aspects of the book were intriguing - I enjoyed the Victorian language, but overall, I found the ending weak; a disappointment after so many pages of enjoyment

sarahbru17 Aug 03, 2017

Characters: 7/10
Plot: 8/10
Writing: 7/10
Now, having been written a few centuries ago, this book reads a little differently from the mysteries we're used to these days, but it holds the same intrigue and compulsion to find answers. It's strange reading a historical mystery as opposed to a mystery that was actually written in 1868 (still a few decades before Sherlock Holmes). I enjoyed the premise, though perhaps I wasn't able to theorize as much as I would with a modern-day mystery because there were some things that were common knowledge at the time that are not common knowledge to me.

Jul 26, 2016

A classic mystery with many surprising twists and turns. Went on a bit too long for my taste. and I did sometimes find my self more than a little exasperated with many of the narrators. At least the central mystery was compelling enough to keep me going and the ending was satisfying to me on a couple of levels.

Jul 06, 2016

This was fun to read. It's pretty hilarious. It's a mystery written from the point of view of many different characters. My favourite characters were Betteredge and Clack. I was really into it in the beginning but by the end, I was getting impatient and just wanted to know what happened. I think the author did an absolutely fantastic job of hiding what really happened. I kept thinking it was one character, and then he would completely overthrow that assumption and make you think it was someone else. I recommend this for anyone who likes classics and mystery.

athompson10 Feb 02, 2016

Classic for a reason! Great story, interesting characters, lots of twists and turns.

Feb 14, 2015

I cannot believe that, with as many books as I read (especially mysteries) that I had never read "The Moonstone." I am so glad that I have now read it. Wonderful story and fabulous characters. In addition, it has been a long time since I have read something published before the turn of the century (20th) and I had forgotten how beautiful language really can be. I can't say enough about how much I loved this book.

Jan 06, 2015

According to T.S. Eliot, this is "The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels." Revolving around the stolen diamond of the title, "The Moonstone" was written by Wilkie Collins, a friend of Dickens and dabbler in laudanum. For those accustomed to the faster pace and more action-packed mystery stories of today, this is a little slow and creaky, but will appeal to fans of Victorian novels. Written from several different points of view. His other major novel is "The Woman in White."

Nov 14, 2014

My favorite mystery.

Feb 19, 2014

Collins' 'Armadale" is really first rate! Am now a fan!

Nov 14, 2011

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Three different first person accounts of the theft of a precious Moonstone diamond from a country mansion.


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