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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
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Apr 25, 2012

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This book is widely acknowledged to be the first mystery but mystery lovers may be somewhat disappointed in the solution. I was. But there are enough fun plot twists and turns to make up for that. The book is really about the characters. Collins does an amazing job of making the characters so real you feel you can see them. That and his enlightened attitude toward race and class are what make this book a classic, in my opinion.

Parts of the book are slow while others are page turners. But my absolute favorite part was Miss Clack hiding behind the curtain. It's one of the funniest scenes I've ever read.

If you're looking for a fast-moving suspense, this is not your book. But if you're interested in the beginnings of modern-day mysteries, a book with plenty of red herrings and surprises and in spending time with a cast of unique, memorable characters, it's probably well worth a read.

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