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Old 10-14-2012, 11:06 PM   #41
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The Moonstone

It's described in my link as the first detective novel, whether or not that's true.

Happy ending? Well, it's not ecstatically happy. But compared to A Tale of Two Cities, it ends quite nicely.

Classic? Hmm. It's old, and it's fairly famous, but I'm on the fence with calling it a classic. Wilkie Collins was more a master of plot than characterization. I liked it, but I didn't feel myself to have touched perfection.

Where The Moonstone shines, in terms of meeting purple_fishy's criteria, is in being far different from a Jane Austen book.
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