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The Leavenworth Case
"The Leavenworth Case", published in 1878, was the first detective novel written by a woman and one of the first modern bestsellers. It sold a quarter of a million copies, and earned its author, Anna Katherine Green the title of "The Mother of the Detective Novel." This first book starred Detective Ebenezer Gryce, a low key, middle aged New York police officer. He went on...more
If there is anything classic detective stories have ever taught us, it is this – that libraries are probably the most likely non-combat-related places for you to get killed in, with private ones being even more dangerous than those of the public order. There are probably cruel and callous people out there who would think nothing of killing a man over a book – whereas it is doubtless more romantic to kill a man over a woman –, and that’s why libraries usually abound in ...more
Let me say the following to anyone who might be thinking of reading this book: There is a very good reason I don't read GR reviews before starting a book, and this time my reasoning proved sound -- after finishing this novel, I cruised through the reviews here, and discovered that there is one person writing about this book who gave away the ...more
The story is fast paced with several improbable events. It is enjoyable to read an early detective story written by an American, since the most well-known authors are English.
A brief synopsis: Uncle is killed. Uncle's heir is one of his nieces. At first, it looks like the ...more
In the flavor of books of this era, it is a bit too neatly tied up and unrealistic by modern day standards. It is always important to think about these books in reference to the time in which they were written and without the ...more
The beginning was exceedingly promising:
“I had been a junior partner in the firm of Veeley, Carr & Raymond, attorneys and counselors at law, for about a year, when one morning, in the temporary absence of both Mr. Veeley and Mr. Carr, there came into our office a young man whose whole appearance was so indicative of haste and agitation that I voluntarily rose as he approached, and advanced to meet him.”
Mr. Raymond was told that Mr. Horatio Leavenworth, a long-standing client of his firm, had ...more
Aside from her massive contribution to mystery writing in the form of the "series detective", I'd say there's not much here to see if you're not a mystery person ...more
Born in Brooklyn, New York, Green had an early ambition to write romantic verse, and she corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson. When her poetry failed to gain recognition, she produced her first and best known novel, The Leavenworth Case (1878), praised by Wilkie Collins, and the hit of the year. She became a bestselling author, eventually publishing about 40 books.
She is credited with shaping detective fiction into its classic form, and ...more
”A dead of dreadful note”
The Leavenworth Case is the mystery of a rich man shot dead in the library of his house. Carefully bolted by the butler, the murderer must be someone inside the house.
But if it was a murder, there must have been some motive.
Slow burning at the beginning of the narrative, a secret ...more
Oh... and according to the introduction, Ms Green inspired Agatha Christie.
But I’m glad more for historical reasons than enjoyment. I loved Green’s Violet Strange stories, but this earliest work ...more
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