It took me awhile to read this classic but what a read. Wilkie Collins is such an outstanding author. The tale unfolds with so much care that one keeps wondering what direction it will next take. I felt as if I knew all of the characters depicted in the novel. So many narrators tell the story - seven in all. Nevertheless, the book never loses its story line. Yes, I figured out who the thief was but now how the theft was accomplished and that is a story in itself. You may figure it out, too, but don't stop reading the twists and turns this novel takes are a delight to follow. In my opinion, this is a book that anyone interested in classics and mysteries should take time to read. It's wonderful!