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The Moonstone

The Moonstone by William Wilkie Collins

This is a mystery novel.  A very early mystery novel -- perhaps one of the proto-mystery novels.  For one thing, it really does revolve about the title gemstone.

It's also an epistolary novel.  We have a preface, a letter where a man explains why he is no longer willing to be on friendly terms with a cousin, which recounts the origin of the great diamond known as the Moonstone, leading into the actual events of the story.  The first part is reported -- at length -- by an old retainer of the household, about the loss of the diamond.  Or rather, starting with the explanation of the obviously ill-meant birthday gift of the diamond to the young heroine, and the mysterious advent of three Indian jugglers in the neighborhood, the ill-starred birthday dinner, the disappearance of the Moonstone overnight, and the todo over trying to find out what happened.

It veers into more points-of-view as we get the second half, the discovery of the truth.  And we also get some great characters.  The heroine, Rachel, and her mother, in particular.
Tags: author: c, genre: classic, genre: mystery, review

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