W. Collins - The Moonstone

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Penguin Popular Classics The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins - originally published in 1868 - this edition published 1994; condition: very good, has a cut on the back

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language.

The Moonstone, a priceless Indian diamond which had been brought to England as spoils of war, is given to Rachel Verrinder on her eighteenth birthday. That very night, the stone is stolen. 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.