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The Amethyst Box

3.54  ·  Rating Details ·  101 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews
This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923. This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages, poor pictures, errant marks, etc. that were either part of the original artifact, or were introduced by the scanning process. We believe this work is culturally important, and despite the imperfections, have elected to bring it back into ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published September 11th 2010 by Nabu Press (first published 1905)
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Tweety
This was quite a good little mystery, not very long but it still managed to pack a fair bit in.

On the night of his wedding, Sinclair finds his amethyst curiosity box with a little phial containing one drop of poison missing and he feels sure it can only be one of two people, his intended wife, or her cousin, Dorothy. He goes to his friend Mr. Worthington and together they fight against time to find who has the poison and stop them using it. Too late, whoever took it has used it and now there is
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H3dakota
May 31, 2012 H3dakota rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this Librovox recording of the story & I highly recommend it! It isn't just that the story is a tasty little mystery, but the Librovox reader is a sheer delight to listen to. She is one of the best I've heard, I'm looking forward to hearing more of her readings!
Ellen
Jan 03, 2015 Ellen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook, librivox, 2015
This was not a Detective Gryce book and was very short, only nine chapters, so it didn't offer the same degree of commitment, character development or depth as those I've read so far. However, the plot was interesting enough and Ms Green certainly knew how to write a Whodunnit which leaves you (me!) guessing till the end so, all in all, not a bad read.
Barbara
Sep 21, 2013 Barbara rated it really liked it
This was an amazing mystery/romance, especially when you realize it was written in 1909. The prose is rather formal and stilted but acceptable but I thought the plot of this little book was brilliant! The talent in these early 20th century writers is remarkable. It is a free Kindle download and also on Librivox!
Tanya Faberson
Sep 27, 2012 Tanya Faberson rated it liked it
This one was okay. I generally like Green's mysteries, but this one dragged a bit and the story was so so. Still love her, but this one was tepid.
Julie
Fascinating! It kept me on the edge of my seat as to "Whodunit" and the end was completely unexpected!
Polly Clarke
This is three stories within one book. The Amethyst Box, The House in the Mist and The Ruby and the Caldron. You can't compare these stories with our modern day writing style and audience but instead embrace the convoluted language and let the plot play out. The House in the Mist is more direct and therefore easier to read though a rather peculiar and mysterious thriller. Touches slightly on horror and is simular to The Amethyst Box in its main theme being poison. The Ruby and the Coldron has a ...more
Cindy
May 19, 2016 Cindy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 1900-present
I have liked Anna Katherine Green since I read The House in the Whispering Pines. This book is actually 3 stories, The Amethyst Box, The House in the Mist and The Ruby and the Cauldron. The House in the Mist was my favorite. It is a fast paced story of sweet revenge. I have been reading some bad mysteries, so this book was fun to read. Anna Katherine Green writes in a prose style, takes a while to get used to it. She knows how to set a story, build suspense and then put a twist or question at ...more
Pamela
Dec 14, 2012 Pamela rated it liked it
Oops! First review I wrote was for the wrong story--The Ruby and the Caldron.

This was typical Green which means it was well worth the time. Nice twists and some good character development. Not in the same class as The Leavenworth Case but very readable.
Christy Parker
May 29, 2014 Christy Parker rated it really liked it
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was a bit shorter than I expected, and it wasn't quite the mystery that it is presented as. It is more like a romantic crime story.

It also offered a compelling look at male friendship. I found the story to be entertaining and at times to have suspense. I liked the modus operandi of the incident.

Definitely worth my time.
Marts  (Thinker)
May 30, 2015 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, e-books, 2015
Ms. Green usually presents us with quite enjoyable mysteries, this one is rather short and some elements of it were a tad bit drawn out, but all in all it was a good though short mystery...
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Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Born in Brooklyn, New York, her early ambition was to write romantic verse, and she corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson. When her poetry failed to gain recognition, she produced her first ...more
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