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Agatha Webb (Caleb Sweetwater #1)

3.31  ·  Rating Details ·  120 Ratings  ·  15 Reviews thank you for your continued support and wish to present you this new edition. The dance was over. From the great house on the hill the guests had all departed and only the musicians remained. As they filed out through the ample doorway, on their way home, the first faint streak of early dawn became visible in the east. One of them, a lank, plain-featured young ...more
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Published September 15th 2010 by Pubone.Info (first published 1899)
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Jan 13, 2014 Tria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not Ms. Green's best work, sadly. The pace is erratic and the tale often slows to a point where it struggles to hold interest in the reader. That doesn't hold true for much of her writing, so why it should do so here, I confess I don't understand; she could write far better than this when she tried.

The solution to the ultimate crime feels a bit "humbugged-up", but I shan't say more about that. The apparent revelation leading to it? Well, it removes much confidence in the investigator to see tha
Dec 14, 2016 Julia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1899, this enjoyable murder mystery takes numerous twists and turns. Colorful characters.
I don't know why I continually try to read Green's books. I guess I hope to enjoy one of the few female authors of mystery novels of this time, however I am always disappointed with the actuality. This is a basic who-dunnit - woman is found stabbed to the heart but with an exceptionally serene countenance, her servant lying half out of the window dead with an expression of terror on her face but no wounds, and the husband of the stabbing victim asleep in the next room.

Aside from the melodrama, w
Jul 04, 2011 PenNPaper52 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When I first started reading Agatha Webb, it was mildly amusing, a rich brat goes off the night, a pious woman dies and then all of a sudden the brat changes into a good guy, shuns the vampy gf and tries to woo the good girl. A soap opera in the making if ever I saw. The Days of Our Lives or that even more irritating Bold and the Beautiful. The nuances though does make a difference. As I read, I started yearning, wanting to know more, started really caring for the brat, hated the vamp and cheere ...more
Jenny Yates
It’s a little melodramatic. The women are either evil temptresses or pure as snow. The hero is given to sinful excesses, which are never quite named, until he is reformed. But, hey, it was first published in 1899. Anna Katherine Green is considered very influential in the development of the detective fiction genre, and her modest but clever hero here gets into a lot of trouble (including being thrown overboard in the middle of the ocean) before he finally solves the case.

It’s a fun read. I cert
Highly enjoyable old-fashioned melodramatic murder-mystery. Written in the 1890s, this story is chock full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, love and honor, and compelling characters acting for good or ill. No one seems to have all the threads of this tangled web in hand, until the cleverness of a talented amateur detective gets a helping hand from Fate. You find yourself rooting for the "good guys" and wishing ill on the "bad 'uns"---even though you can't always tell which is which! All in ...more
I didn't like the structure of this. The story is simple enough and the twists are lame in my opinion, just not believable. Sweetwater the detective here just chases his tail in circle, at no moment did he know the big "reveal" and he was just bumbling through his investigation of Agatha Webb's murder. No character is this book is original and they probably weren't original at the time either. It was my first book by this author and I'm disappointed because I had read so many good things about h ...more
Mar 07, 2011 Maren rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
American mystery writer Anna Katherine Green, deserves to be rediscovered but this was not her strongest work. It is better to start with The Leavenworth Case or The Golden Slipper and other Problems for Violet Strange. Still her given her early contributions to detective fiction and memorable characters it is strange that she is so overlooked.
Lovely and chilling murder of well to do woman named Agatha Webb. The author is supposedly to influence the great mystery writers like Agatha Christie, et cetera. The time period is mostly 1890s to 1910s. I am currently reading other her works.
Jul 25, 2014 Kimberly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good mystery with many colorful and unexpected twists. Love reading AKG's descriptions of life at the turn of the 20th century. Very moving ending, if not a bit verbose.
Jul 26, 2010 Judy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This plot seemed contrived but I believe it was the first of Caleb Sweetwater, and his bright mind and intuition added an interesting sidelight -- he gets better in later tales.
Lee F.
Sep 11, 2010 Lee F. rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not a great mystery but intriguing enough to make me want to read more by this author.
Pam Knox
Enjoyable read from 1899. Does not feel as dated as some from the period. Green must have read Sherlock Holmes. Sweetwater even plays the violin.
Linda Jacobs
Feb 19, 2014 Linda Jacobs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
Plot twists up until practically the last page! Frederick is suspected, but did he do it?
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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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