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The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins
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Nov 02, 09

bookshelves: united-kingdom, mystery
Read in September, 2009

I enjoyed this novel a little less than Collins' Woman in White. It has multiple narrators, telling the story of a missing gemstone. It's a good slice of Victorian life, but I found the plotting pace a little uneven. The middle section dragged. And one has to be ready for those 40 word sentences, popular for this era. But I persevered, and the pay off was good. Collins is credited with being one of the first creators of detective fiction (along with Edgar Allan Poe). In this book, you can see him setting clues and tying things up, but some of the clues are a little too subtle. The characters are fabulous and memorable, if not a little cartoonish. It's a romp through drawing rooms, back alleys and gardens--peopled with constables, engenues, villians, handsome young men, mysterious foreigners, butlers, and religious zealots. Fun, fun, fun.

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