I must be in the mood for detective stories for I find myself finishing up one (I Am Half-Sick of Shadows) and starting another, The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. The story first appeared in 1868 as a thirty-two part serial, beginning on January 1 and ending August 8, in Dickens’s weekly magazine All the Year Round. Wilkie Collins and Charles Dickens were friends. He is considered to be, alongside Edgar Allan Poe as the inventor of the modern detective story. I read The Woman in White a few years ago and enjoyed it so I am looking forward to burying myself in this book.