Called "the first and greatest of English detective novels" by T. S. Eliot, Wilkie Collins's The Moonstone is a masterpiece of suspense.
A fabulous yellow diamond becomes the dangerous inheritance of Rachel Verinder. Outside her Yorkshire country house watch the Hindu priests who have waited for many years to reclaim their ancient talisman, looted from the holy city of Somnauth.
When the Moonstone disappears, the case looks simple, but in mid-Victorian England, no one is what they seem, and nothing can be taken for granted. Witnesses, suspects, and detectives each narrate the story in turn. The bemused butler, the love-stricken housemaid, the enigmatic detective Sergeant Cuff, the drug-addicted scientist - each speculate on the mystery as Collins weaves their narratives together.
When 18-year-old Rachel Verinder inherits a costly and religiously precious gem from her corrupt uncle, who acquired the object by force during a tour with the British Royal Forces in India, little does she know that total mayhem will ensue when the diamond is almost immediately stolen - kicking off a convoluted series of events in which suspicion and despair reign supreme....
Actor James Langton performs this unmissable 19th-century literary mystery with stately elegance, his strong pacing revitalizing the suspense of this classic tale, considered by esteemed mystery writer Dorothy Sayers to be "probably the very finest detective story ever written".
"The first and greatest of English detective novels." (T. S. Eliot)
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If you liked The Woman In White...
Great Narrator! Surprisingly Interesting!
I loved the narrator. He did a really great job with the distinctive characters' voices.
My favorite part was when the book was describing the religious zeal of one of the characters and how much it annoyed others, unbeknownst to her. It seemed very contemporary in that way!
Oh, I don't know about that. This story isn't something you rush and it is too long for that. But, there were times I wish I didn't have to stop listening.
I got this book only because it was cheap. At first, I was afraid it would be a little boring. However, it really picks up after the prologue. I especially love the parts narrated by the character of Gabriel Betteredge. You really get to know and love (or hate) the various characters in this book. It is interesting to look at the characters through the different interpretations of the each of the narrators. Although there is plenty of mystery surrounding the Moonstone, don't be expecting a fact-paced suspense novel. However, I was glad it took so long to resolve the mystery. It gives time for character development, as well as twists and turns of plot. It was well worth the money.
- S. Tierney