T.S. Eliot called The Moonstone "the first, the longest and the best of modern English detective novels." Hearing this statement might make one skeptical, but as a life-long lover of books and of literature I can assure you that this book is most certainly worthy of such praise. While the story admittedly starts off rambly and rather slow, it really picks up within the first few chapters and does not disappoint. This book has everything, people. I could go on forever about how much I enjoyed it, but in short, The Moonstone is an intelligent, well-written mystery novel that is full of secrets, drama, intrigue, humor, death, new life, friendship, likable and loathsome characters, and even a hint of romance for all you saps out there (like me). If you are looking to read a classic novel that will keep you continuously entertained, I would make The Moonstone your next pick.
Suspense, humor, and romance abound in this 1868 mystery, in which a gem stolen from a Hindu shrine resurfaces in an English country home — with a trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail.