The Moonstone, Paperback
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WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY AUDREY NIFFENEGGER When Rachel Verinder receives a gift of an astonishing yellow diamond from her bitter old uncle for her eighteenth birthday, she has no idea that the stone brings great danger with it.

When the diamond goes missing during the night the ensuing investigations gradually bring to light the sinister history of the jewel and the passions and plots of those close to Rachel.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099519003



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Mr. Franklin Blake brings the moonstone - a gem of Indian origin, seeped in history, supposedly cursed – to the home of Lady Verinder, and her daughter, Rachel with whom he is in love, and to whom the gemstone has been bequeathed. The next morning, the moonstone is missing, and suspicion points in a satisfying array of directions, setting the bar for every mystery novel to follow.I was delighted by the resolution of the puzzle, never having even begun to guess the circumstances, yet it followed the rules (or set the precedent for) the crime genre in being plausible within the book’s events; there was no cheating on the author’s part, and while the revelation was too out of left field for this reader to guess, it was satisfyingly set up and then engulfed in a sea of classic misdirection.I found this not quite as enjoyable as The Woman in White (which was rather more sensational and fun), but still a perfectly intriguing mystery with marvellous characters and a dash of that romance that Collins handles so well. It did take me an unusually long time to read, but that’s more a slump in my reading habits than anything to do with Collins’ book, which has great pace for one of the first mystery stories ever written.

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