The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
About the Book
The Moonstone, a yellow diamond looted from an Indian temple and believed to bring bad luck to its owner, is bequeathed to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night the priceless stone is stolen again and when Sergeant Cuff is brought in to investigate the crime, he soon realizes that no one in Rachel’s household is above suspicion. Hailed by T. S. Eliot as "the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels," The Moonstone is a marvellously taut and intricate tale of mystery, in which facts and memory can prove treacherous and not everyone is as they first appear.
Sandra Kemp’s introduction examines The Moonstone as a work of Victorian sensation fiction and an early example of the detective genre, and discusses the technique of multiple narrators, the role of opium, and Collins’s sources and autobiographical references.
About the Author
Wilkie (William) Collins (1824-89) was a hugely successful and popular crime, mystery and suspense writer. He wrote the first full-length detective novels in English and set a mould for the genre as shown in The Moonstone and "The Woman in White."
About the Crime Club
Please Note: As the state of MA opens back up, and COVID-19 restrictions are removed, the Crime Club will ease back into in-person meetings outside, upstairs on the Patio at Odyssey Bookshop. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are not already on the crime club email list but would like to receive information about upcoming meetings.
The Crime Club reads one paperback mystery a month and its discussions are led by Joanne Picard. We typically meets the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. It's free and everyone is welcome to join. We talk about the characters, the plot, the setting, and the language. We reveal why we liked the book or why we didn't. Sometimes we agree and sometimes we don't. Mostly we have a good time talking crime.
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