The Moonstone: A Novel

The Moonstone: A Novel

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by Wilkie Collins
     
 

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At a party celebrating her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder wears the stunning yellow diamond she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, Colonel John Herncastle. She is not aware that the precious gem, known as the Moonstone, was plundered from a sacred Hindu shrine in southern India where her uncle had served with the British army fifty years earlier.

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At a party celebrating her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder wears the stunning yellow diamond she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, Colonel John Herncastle. She is not aware that the precious gem, known as the Moonstone, was plundered from a sacred Hindu shrine in southern India where her uncle had served with the British army fifty years earlier.

But someone knows the secret of the Moonstone and will go to desperate measures to retrieve it. When it goes missing later that night, suspicions are raised and accusations fly. Could it be a trio of mysterious Indian jugglers seen near the house? Or a love-struck housemaid suddely behaving strangely? And there is Rachel herself, who becomes furious when her paramour, Franklin Blake, directs attempts to find it.

As divergent accounts reveal more details, the diamond's recovery is complicated by unexpected twists and turns. Sifting through a compelling list of suspects, the indomitable Sergeant Cuff must find the truth about the Moonstone and its mysterious disappearance.

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Editorial Reviews

T.S. Eliot
“The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.”
Dorothy L. Sayers
“Probably the very finest detective story ever written.”
G. K. Chesterton
“Probably the best detective tale in the world.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062227317
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
07/01/2014
Pages:
560
Sales rank:
277,425
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.89(d)

What People are saying about this

T.S. Eliot

“The first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels in a genre invented by Collins and not by Poe.”

Dorothy L. Sayers

“Probably the very finest detective story ever written.”

G. K. Chesterton

“Probably the very finest detective story ever written.”

Meet the Author

Wilkie Collins (January 8, 1824-September 23, 1889) was the author of thirty novels, more than sixty short stories, fourteen plays (including an adaptation of The Moonstone), and more than one hundred nonfiction pieces. His best-known works are The Woman in White, The Moonstone, Armadale, and No Name.

Brief Biography

Date of Birth:
December 8, 1824
Date of Death:
September 23, 1889
Place of Birth:
London, England
Place of Death:
London, England
Education:
Studied law at Lincoln¿s Inn, London

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