The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow
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The Mystery of the Hasty Arrow (Mr. Gryce #13)

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The hour of noon had just struck, and the few visitors still lingering among the curiosities of the great museum were suddenly startled by the sight of one of the attendants running down the broad, central staircase, loudly shouting: "Close the doors! Let no one out! An accident has occurred, and nobody's to leave the building." There was but one person near either of the...more
Hardcover, 332 pages
Published June 15th 2007 by 1st World Library (first published 1917)
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Reading THE MYSTERY OF THE HASTY ARROW was like time travel to 1917 with Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) holding the kerosene lamp to light the original detective fiction genre. She is credited with developing the series detective, the prototype for Miss Marple, and the female detective who lives the shadow life of a sleuth at night and a debutante by day.

THE HASTY ARROW is her 38th mystery with detective Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Metropolitan Police Force as the 88 year old sleuth! When...more
Thom Swennes
It makes a mountain out of a molehill. When the first few pages reveal that a beautiful young girl is shot through the heart while visiting a museum, I was preparing myself for a memorable read. This beginning high point left no where to go but down. I thought it was both slow and longwinded. When the mystery is solved I experienced it as a classical anticlimax. It resembles many other novels of the time but doesn’t afford the reader anything new and memorable. I have no doubt that the reading w...more
Hampered by the floor plan or map not being there.
Mystery set in New York City around the end of the 19th century. A girl in a museum is killed by an arrow mysteriously shot from one gallery into another. The detective assigned to the case is 80 years old and one who has solved many cases. There are many twists as the detective unravels the mystery of what happened made more complicated by characters who really don't cooperate in providing complete and accurate information.
Somewhat overwrought and slow moving in parts, but the bones of the story are good. I recommend this book if you happen to find it on the shelf of the lodge you're staying at on a snowy day with nothing else to read and nothing better to do. A good one to curl up with next to the fire as it doesn't really require your full attention. It might also be a good juvie read.
Very verbose, drags a lot, quite makes you take up arms against men, a convoluted mystery the premise of which is easily understood in the beginning except for the culprit's identity, which comes out 1/2 way through.
Hannah Baker
Excellent! It promotes love, honor, self-sacrifice, unselfishness, and all goodness in its purest form! Plus, the story has the added benefit of full, rounded, intriguing characters ;)
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Loreen Anderza
Very good but too long. The information at the end could have been left off or shortened and incorporated in earlier chapters. Good mystery.
Quite good, but extremely melodramatic, especially the end.
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Surprisingly good for an AKG novel.
A nice read. Not too heavy.
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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 (no doubt assisted by her lawyer father). 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...more
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