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The moonstone

by Wilkie Collins

One of the earliest detective novels, concerned with the theft of a Hindu diamond. Although I know whodunnit, I love picking up the clues scattered throughout the book. The story is told by several narrators, some loveable, one frankly odious, all of whom witness part of the story but not all. The book gives a flavour of many aspects of Victorian life from life in a country house to opium addiction and has a gallery of interesting and vivid characters. Collins is never judgemental about his characters - his hero is flawed, his villain is a charmer and his women are real people. Well worth reading!

Suggested by Freda, Ilford, Essex

Tagged with: gripping read riveting

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This was one of the novels I used in my dissertation in Uni, I really liked it, it was on a par with The Woman in White which was excellent. Collins, I think, is as good as, if not better than, his friend Dickens.
What an exceptional book. A thriller and a suspense story through beautiful evocation of the 19th century. A classic.
Polly, London
Great look at Victorian life, could not put the book down untill i reached the end

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