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The next Supper Sleuths Discussion takes place September 12, 2017 at 6:00pm to 7:30pm in the Lecture Hall.

Everyone Reads Wilkie Collins’s The Moonstone and The Woman in White.

(William) Wilkie Collins (1824-1889)

Wilkie Collins is considered the first English author of mystery and detective novels.

Collins wrote 30 novels, more than 60 short stories, at least 14 plays, and more than 100 non-fiction pieces. A close friend of Charles Dickens from their meeting in March 1851 until Dickens’s death in June 1870, Collins was one of the best known, best loved, and, for a time, best paid of Victorian fiction writers. However, after his death, his reputation declined as Dickens’s bloomed. Now, Collins is being given more critical and popular attention than he has for fifty years. Most of his books are in print — and all are now in e-text — he is studied widely, and new film, television and radio versions of some of his books have been made. All his known letters have been published. In addition, new book length studies of his work or life appear frequently.

The Moonstone (1868) Franklin Blake presents a fabulous gem known as the Moonstone to his fiancée, Miss Rachel Verinder, on her 18th birthday. He is not at all pleased when she reports it missing the next day. Franklin then helps Sergeant Cuff reconstruct the crime in a wonderfully complex way. Each participant in the story tells the history of the Moonstone from his or her own perspective in an effort to discover its whereabouts. The discovery of its origins in India and subsequent violent history only complicate matters for Sergeant Cuff.
2005 BBC/WGBH TV version & 2006 BBC version—both in DVD.

The Woman in White (1860) Walking back to London after visiting his widowed mother and sister, Walter ponders the teaching position he is about to take at a country estate. Then he feels a light touch on his shoulder. It is after midnight, and he swings around fearfully, only to see a young woman all dressed in white. She is in distress and seeks his help to get to London and find a carriage. Imparting little information about herself, she speaks of deep feelings for the Fairlies of Limmeridge House, the very people who have hired him as a tutor. Arriving at the Fairlies’ estate, Walter meets Marian, a straightforward and plain young woman who becomes very interested in helping him discover the identity of the woman in white. 2005 BBC/WGBH TV version DVD

The Wilkie Collins Pages

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When preparing your “reviews,” think about how well the author creates the characters, the setting, the plot, and the tone of the book. Please give a very quick overview of the plot—one or two sentences. Leave the secondary plots out of the review unless they really matter. Do not disclose “spoilers”—the ending or some other integral facet of character development or plot. The rest of the “review” can be responses to how well the author does his or her job to craft this particular story. Describe what you enjoyed. Express what you did not enjoy. Has the author written a predictable plot or character? Did you laugh? Did you care? Was the story too violent? Was the violence or crime unnecessarily graphic? Is there romance? Would you read this author again? Is it part of a series? Should you read the series in order? Does this title/author remind you of any other authors you have read?

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