Weekly Feature: The Moonstone

This week we’re featuring a classic story filled with mystery and adventure, Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone.Before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle created the Great Detective, Sherlock Holmes, and waaaaay before Benedict Cumberbatch and his cheekbones brought the character to a 21st Century audience, Wilkie Collins presented readers with The Moonstone.

Moonstone

“Widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels, The Moonstone tells of the events surrounding the disappearance of a mysterious (and cursed) yellow diamond. T. S. Eliot called it ‘the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels’. It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre, including a crime being investigated by talented amateurs who happen to be present when it is committed, and two police officers who exemplify respectively the ‘Scotland Yard bungler’ and the skilled, professional detective.”

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