Friday, July 27, 2012

Wilkie Collins (Moonstone or Woman in White)

                  The Moonstone (Hardcover) ~ Wilkie Collins (Author) Cover Art           The Woman in White (Library Edition) (CD) ~ Wilkie Collins (Author) Cover Art

The Moonstone

Stolen from the forehead of a Hindu idol, the dazzling gem known as "The Moonstone" resurfaces at a birthday party in an English country home — with an enigmatic trio of watchful Brahmins hot on its trail. Laced with superstitions, suspicion, humor, and romance, this 1868 mystery draws readers into a compelling tale with numerous twists and turns.

The Woman in White

Considered one of the first mystery novels, "The Woman in White" is Wilkie Collins's epistolary novel that tells the tale of Walter Hartright, who encounters a woman all dressed in white on a moonlit road in Hampstead. Hartright helps the woman to find her way back to London. The woman warns him against an unnamed baronet and when they part he discovers that she may have escaped from an asylum. Hartright travels to Cumberland where he takes up as an art tutor and meets two half-sisters, Laura Fairlie and Marian Halcombe, who are somehow entangled with this mysterious "woman in white".

Friends, I enjoyed Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier so much that I wanted to try another Classic that is popular across the blogosphere, these 2 by Wilkie Collins has continued to come up. 
Which one would you recommend?  And if you haven't read them, which one has piqued your interest?
Have a great weekend.


  1. I've never heard of either.
    But I like the sound of the first one best.
    Gorgeous covers.
    Happy picking.

  2. I haven't read either but I've been wanting to get The Moonstone.

  3. I haven't read any Wilkie Collins, though I did pick up The Woman in White last summer while on vacation. I've heard that she's a pretty good author, so I don't think you could go wrong either way!

  4. The Woman in White sounds more interesting to me than the other book.

  5. I loved The Moonstone. The Woman in White...not so much. The best thing about The Woman in White is the character of if she had been the main character, that would have made the book.


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