Episode 4: The Moonstone

Described by many as the first English detective novel, it could be argued that without the Moonstone an entire genre would not exist. So if you’ve ever enjoyed detectives from Miss Marple to Morse, or Wallander to Lord Wimsey, pick up the Moonstone and listen along. Read online at https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/155 Or watch a film adaptation at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpDPFI8qwp8

Lots of bonus content this week:

The Wilkie Collins Society has it’s own newsletter and academic journal While this website on Wilkie Collins may look like a fever dream from 1997, it’s full of excellent resources to explore the author and his works further. Another fantastic trove of content on Victorian Web is worth checking out, particularly this section on his opium addiction Even if you don’t have time to read the book this week, this review might help persuade you to get around to it this summer Collins almost certainly based Sergeant Cuff at least in part on the real-life detective Jack Whicher – read more about him in Kate Summerscale’s recent book And let’s finish off with the always high-brow Daily Mail demonstrating that even 150 years later, Collins still generates headlines

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