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When Wilkie Collins sat down to write The Moonstone the detective novel did not exist as a literary form. His spellbinding tale of romance, theft, and murder inspired this popular genre.
The Moonstone of the title is an enormous Hindu diamond that waxes and wanes in brilliance along with the light of the moon. When a young English woman inherits the Moonstone on her eighteenth birthday a period of turmoil, unhappiness, misunderstandings and ill luck ensues. As the fate of the diamond is traced, the enthralling interplay of characters will hook you in.
I first read The Moonstone as a teenager, after an adaptation of it had been on TV. I went on to read a few of his other books, but this one has always been my favourite. I hope you enjoy your trip into a murky world of diamonds, thwarted passion, secrets and shaky ground.
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Featured image credit- Greg Wise as Franklin Blake & Keeley Hawes as Rachel Verinder, The Moonstone, 1996 BBC and Carlton TV adaptation, https://www.silverpetticoatreview.com/2018/12/27/the-moonstone-1996-review/
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