By Wilkie Collins
The Moonstone, a worthy yellow diamond, is looted from an Indian temple and maliciously bequeathed to Rachel Verinder. On her eighteenth birthday, her pal and suitor Franklin Blake brings the reward to her. That very evening, it's stolen back. not anyone is above suspicion, because the idiosyncratic Sergeant Cuff and the Franklin piece jointly a complicated sequence of occasions as mystifying as an opium dream and as misleading because the within reach Shivering Sand. T. S. Eliot famously defined THE MOONSTONE as 'the first, the longest and the easiest of contemporary English detective novels', yet, as Sandra Kemp discusses in her creation, it deals many different points, which show Collins's sensibilities as untypical of his period.
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