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One of the earliest and best English detective novels, "The Moonstone" is unlike any other mystery you'll ever read. Lady Rachel Verinder receives a gift from her deceased uncle on her eighteenth birthday: the Moonstone, a very large, glorious yellow diamond, whitch he stole from a shrine in India during a military operation. The diamond is supposedly cursed by the three priests who were entrusted with its care. They follow the Moonstone, which travels with Rachel's cousin Franklin to England. On the night Rachel receives the diamond, it is stolen. A detective from Scotland Yard is called into the manor to investigate, but the clues are few, and everyone has a solid alibi. The identity of the thief remains a baffling mystery until the very end, as the events leading up to and directly after the theft are recounted in detail by each member of the household.
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The review of this Book prepared by Amanda Goodwin

When a famous diamond from India is stolen, it is given to a young woman named Rachel. Within a day the diamond, called the Moonstone, is stolen from her house. Later, her love interest, Franklin, has everyone involved in some way with the diamond write down their thoughts and memories. This leads to the very surprising truth, and the final location of the Moonstone.
The review of this Book prepared by Hazel D.

The Moonstone, which T.S. Elliot has described as "the first and longest and best of detective novels," is a tough one to describe. Told in rotating statements, it covers the events of the theft of the Moonstone, an extremely valuable gem with a strange history, and its recovery. A marvelous book. Take special note of the Narrative of Miss Clack if you're in the mood for something funny.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1600-1899 Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Crime plotlets:    -   search for gems/treasure/money General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   India Misc setting    -   fancy mansion

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death

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