“The Moonstone” by Wilkie Collins

Wikipedia says:

The MoonstBook coverone (1868) by Wilkie Collins is a 19th-century British epistolary novel, generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. The story was originally serialized in Charles Dickens’ magazine “All the Year Round”. The Moonstone and The Woman in White are considered Wilkie Collins’ best novels. Besides creating many of the ground rules of the detective novel, The Moonstone also reflected Collins’ enlightened social attitudes in his treatment of the servants in the novel. Collins adapted The Moonstone for the stage in 1877, but the production was performed for only two months.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Moonstone

We read this in March 2013:

Jill’s summary of the discussion by eight of our group:

The book was generally enjoyed (though mostly only mildly) gaining scores ranging from 6 to 8 with an average of 6.67.

Several people found the middle section a little dreary and longwinded whilst a couple, who’d read the book before, thought it was not a book that repaid a re-read – once the mystery was known much of the interest disappeared.

Characters that were enjoyed were Betteredge, Miss Clack, Ezra Jennings, Gooseberry and Sergeant Cuff – mainly for their humour and Betteredge’s frequent references to Robinson Crusoe. (And it’s because of this book that Robinson Crusoe was nominated as one of the classics books we’ll be reading).

There was also historical interest in the treatment of the police by the upper classes as a form of servant and the distinction between serving maids and young ladies.

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