The Moonstone

Wilkie Collins

A purloined jewel that carries a mysterious curse, an indefatigable British police sergeant, a drama of theft and murder in a spacious country house.

The Moonstone a priceless Indian diamond the size of a bird's egg, brought to England as spoils of war is given to Rachel Verrinder on her eighteenth birthday. When the stone is stolen that very night, suspicion then falls on a hunchbacked housemaid, on Rachel's cousin Franklin Blake, on a troupe of mysterious Indian jugglers, and on Rachel herself. The phlegmatic Sergeant Cuff is called in, and with the help of Betteredge, the Robinson Crusoe-reading loquacious steward, the mystery of the missing stone is ingeniously solved.

In this intricately plotted mystery, Wilkie Collins cleverly disguises all the necessary pieces to the puzzle, that his surprise ending takes the reader's breath away.

  • Classification : Classic Crime & Adventure/Thrillers
  • Pub Date : JUN 20, 2023
  • Imprint : YELLOWBACK
  • Page Extent : 634
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357310673
  • Price : INR 799

Wilkie Collins

William Wilkie Collins was an English novelist and playwright known especially for The Woman in White (1859), a mystery and early "sensation novel", and for The Moonstone (1868), which, after Poe's Murders in the Rue Morgue, has been proposed as the first modern English detective novel.

Born to the London painter William Collins and his wife, Harriet Geddes, he moved with them to Italy when he was twelve, living there and in France for two years, learning both Italian and French. He worked initially as a tea merchant. After Antonina, his first novel, appeared in 1850, Collins met Charles Dickens, who became a friend and mentor. Some of his work appeared in Dickens's journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Collins gained financial stability and an international following by the 1860s but became so addicted to the opium he took for his gout, that his health and writing both declined in the 1870s and 1880s.

Collins criticized the institution of marriage: he split his time between widow Caroline Graves living with her for most of his life, treating her daughter as his and the younger Martha Rudd, by whom he had three children.

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