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C. P. Lesley

Bookworm, writer, radio host—I blog about history, fiction, and publishing in the Internet Age. You can find the full blog on my website. This space is for books.

The Moonstone - Wilkie Collins

The first—and in some ways still the best—detective novel written in English, The Moonstone uses shifting first-person points of view, each one distinct, to trace the tangled history of a jewel of great price. Unlike much nineteenth-century literature, this is an rapidly moving, compelling tale, distinguished in particular by its strong female characters. From lovelorn Rosanna to determined Rachel, the women foil Sergeant Cuff, the original who later gave rise to Sherlock Holmes, until this twisty, subtle mystery finds its eventual resolution.