The Moonstone

The Moonstone

By Wilkie Collins

Arcturus Publishing, Paperback, 9781848376168, 462pp.

Publication Date: June 1, 2010

Description

The legendary Moonstone diamond is presented to Rachel Verinder on her eighteenth birthday. Looted by Rachel's uncle from an Indian temple, it is said to carry a curse. Staked out in the grounds surrounding Rachel's country house, a band of Hindu Brahmins watch and wait for an opportunity to restore the Moonstone to its rightful place.When the gem disappears overnight, suspicion falls upon the Brahmins, but then Inspector Cuff of Scotland Yard arrives and begins to unwrap a mystery as fascinating as it is complex.T.S. Eliot declared "The Moonstone" (1868) 'the first and greatest of English detective novels'.



About the Author
English novelist and playwright Wilkie Collins was a prolific writer with a body of work comprising thirty novels, over sixty short stories, more than a dozen plays, and a wide range of non-fiction pieces. Collins is best known for his novels The Woman in White, an early sensation novela genre combining shocking gothic horror with everyday domestic settingsand The Moonstone, which is credited as one of the first modern mystery novels. In the 1850s Collins met Charles Dickens and the two struck up a friendship, which lead to Collins becoming a frequent contributor to Dickens s journals Household Words and All the Year Round. Many of his stories have been adapted for film, including Basil, A Terribly Strange Bed, The Moonstone and The Woman in White. Collins died in 1889 at the age of 65.