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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
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Feb 10, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: 2012, bookclub, e-book
Read in January, 2012

Wilkie Collins' The Moonstone is considered England's first detective novel. Collins, a contemporary of Charles Dickens, crafts a tale about the disappearance of a Indian diamond, the moonstone. He tells the story through the words of several narrators, each of whom knows the details of only one particular point in the case. I enjoyed this method of tale-telling.

I really enjoyed The Moonstone. At different points I suspected each one of the major characters. They all seemed to have amply motive and opportunity. However, I was quite pleased by the ultimate culprit.

We read this for my first book club meeting in Maryland. I think it was a good choice, even if others are tired of old British books. (Mentioned with humor.) It's not necessarily a book that I would have picked up on my own, but one that I definitely should have considered with or without the added incentive of a discussion.

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