"Generally considered the first detective novel in the English language. 'The Moonstone' was originally serialized in Charles Dickens' magazine 'All the Year Round.' 'The Moonstone' and 'The Woman in White' are considered Wilkie Collins' best novels. Besides creating many of the ground rules for the detective novel, 'The Moonstone' also reflected Collins' enlightened social views in his treatment of the Indians and the servants in the novel.... The book is widely regarded as the precursor of the modern mystery and suspense novels. T. S. Eliot called it 'the first, the longest, and the best of modern English detective novels.' It contains a number of ideas which became common tropes of the genre: a large number of suspects, red herrings, an English country house, investigation by talented amateurs, and two police officers who represent the 'local bungler' and the skilled, professional, Scotland Yard detective."