24.05 Wilkie Collins The Moonstone: A Novel

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The Moonstone: A Novel

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The Moonstone is one of the most famous suspense novels of all time: a masterpiece of construction and the ultimate page-turner, it introduced one of the world’s most beloved genres, the detective story.

At a party celebrating her eighteenth birthday, Rachel Verinder wears the stunning yellow diamond she unexpectedly inherited from her uncle, Colonel John Herncastle.

She is not aware that the precious gem, known as the Moonstone, has been missing since it was plundered from a sacred Hindu shrine in southern India where her uncle had served with the British army fifty years ago.

But someone knows the secret of the Moonstone and will go to desperate measures to retrieve it. When it goes missing later that night, suspicions are raised and accusations fly. Could it be a trio of mysterious Indian jugglers seen near the house? Or a love-struck housemaid suddenly behaving strangely? And there is Rachel herself, who becomes furious when her paramour, Franklin Blake, directs attempts to find it.

As divergent accounts reveal more details, the diamond’s recovery is complicated by unexpected twists and turns. Sifting through a compelling list of suspects, the indomitable Sergeant Cuff must find the truth about the Moonstone and its mysterious disappearance.

The Moonstone features 66 black and-white woodcut illustrations throughout.

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"The Moonstone is a page-turner," writes Carolyn Heilbrun. "It catches one up and unfolds its amazing story through the recountings of its several narrators, all of them enticing and singular." Wilkie Collins's spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired a hugely popular genre-the detective mystery. Hinging on the theft of an enormous diamond originally stolen from an Indian shrine, this riveting novel features the innovative Sergeant Cuff, the hilarious house steward Gabriel Betteridge, a lovesick housemaid, and a mysterious band of Indian jugglers.
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Book Description HarperCollins Publishers Inc, United States, 2013. Hardback. Book Condition: New. Reprint. Language: English . Brand New Book. During the Siege of Seringapatam in southern India in 1799, Colonel John Herncastle steals the Moonstone, a large yellow diamond, from the head of a Hindu god in a violent plunder. Jumping forward to 1848 England, Gabriel Betteredge, house steward of the Verinder estate, reveals that the famous stone has been left to Colonel Herncastle s niece, Rachel Verinder, in his will. She inherits the diamond on her eighteenth birthday, but it is stolen from her room that same night. A highly valuable gem already shrouded in superstition, and now missing for fifty years, the moonstone creates a commotion the moment it arrives at the Verinder estate. Rachel wears the stone to her birthday party, but after it disappears from her room, suspicions and accusations start flying. Was it taken by the three Indian jugglers who have been near the house; by Rosanna Spearman, a maidservant who begins to act oddly and who then drowns herself in a local quicksand; or by Rachel herself, who also behaves suspiciously and is suddenly furious with Franklin Blake, with whom she has previously appeared to be enamored, when he directs attempts to find it? Despite the efforts of Sergeant Cuff, a renowned detective, the house party ends with the mystery unsolved, and the protagonists disperse. The hunt for the diamond continues though, and the mystery is propelled by eleven different narrators directly related to the crime; as they reveal more details about the night of the party they complicate the diamond s recovery with unexpected twists and turns. Why are there rumors that the diamond may be in a London bank vault, what happened to Rachel s broken engagement to her cousin, Godfrey Ablewhite, and what are those Indian jugglers are still doing hanging around? Having been spurned by Rachel, Franklin Blake eventually returns to redeem himself by taking on the investigation again, but even then he s challenged by Rachel confessing her eyewitness account of Franklin stealing the diamond himself! Filled with suspense, action, and romance, The Moonstone is as riveting and intoxicating today as it was when it was first published more than a century ago. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780062227287

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