5.0/5.0 Simply brilliant. It’s where it all started. You must read.
This is the book that is given the title of the first detective novel written in English. Wilkie Collins wrote this in 1868 to high acclaim. It is possibly his most famous novel alongside Woman in White. It still holds up almost 150 years later. A wonderful read, you should give it a try before the tv series comes out and gives you a different view of it. Simply stunning book.
The Blurb –
“The Moonstone is a page-turner,” writes Carolyn Heilbrun. “It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular.” Wilkie Collins’s spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre–the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.