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Product Details

  • Paperback: 330 pages
  • Publisher: BiblioBazaar (July 17, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426410476
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426410475
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 4.9 x 7.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,622,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Rebecca Burns is editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, which has won numerous regional and national awards under her direction.


Anna Katharine Green (1846???1935) was a well-reviewed and commercially successful author of detective novels. She wrote thirty-four novels and four collections of stories. Catherine Ross Nickerson is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women, also published by Duke University Press.
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I'd recommend this story to anyone who loves the poetry of this 100-year-old style of prose.
Robert Steuart
Anna Katherine Green weaves a skillful story, a murder mystery which keeps you guessing until the end....I was surprised, and you will be, too!
Jocelyn R. Chabot
Just as Arthur Conan Doyle is from another time so is this author and the number of stories are limited but worth your time.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Jetpack on April 30, 2011
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If you are looking for free Kindle mysteries, I definitely recommend this.

A murdered man.

Two nieces. One inherits. One gets nothing.

A very juicy secret - especially for the time.

A 2nd murder. Unrequited love - the confession of the murderer is great.

Strong detectives.

Definitely get and well worth your time. A bit longer than many of the stories of the era.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By PinkIris on September 3, 2011
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Great mystery written in Victorian era--this does not read like a modern novel. I assume anyone picking up this book would realize that. But, I never felt like I was "slogging through" or forcing myself to continue to read it as I do with some novels of that era. It held my interest all the way through with the characters and plot (OK, I guessed who did the murder early on, but for some reason I usually do that with most mysteries). Just started reading Anna Katherine Green's books (and there are a lot of them available for free on Kindle :-)), but I look forward to reading the next one and the next one, etc. I will not give away any of the plot but let you know that that it is a murder mystery written mostly from the perspective of a civilian who is working with the police on the matter. Not sure how accurate that would be that the police in that era would have a civilian do a lot of the footwork (and this particular civilian), but you will see many differences between how things are done now and how they were done then. There are a few typos but nothing that you cannot figure out and not that many.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Carny Asada on July 21, 2011
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The suspects keep multiplying in the death of a wealthy merchant, starting with the neices he adopted. Mr. Gryce, a shrewd and eccentric detective, gets to the bottom of the crime with the help of his «Watson», a lawyer infatuated with one of the suspects.

Green's mysteries are period pieces, but she has an eye for the telling detail that makes characters like Gryce compelling. Good for fans of Christie.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hill Country Bob on April 19, 2013
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Published 9 years before Sherlock Holmes. Credited with being the mother of the mystery novel.

Her hero is a detective named Ebenezer Gryce. Horatio Leavenworth is a wealthy retired merchant, who is murdered by a pistol shot through the head in his library late one night. As the house is locked, so that no burglar could get in, it seems to be an inside job by one of the residents. The inquest produces evidence which indicates that no one could have left the victim's locked Manhattan mansion before the discovery of the body the next morning. The members of the household head up the list of suspects. In particular the dead man's nieces, Mary and Eleanore, only one of whom stands to benefit from their uncle's death given how his will is written.

Everett Raymond, a junior partner in a New York law firm that had Leavenworth as a client, likes the two nieces, one more than the other, and does not want to believe that one of them could have committed murder. Everett Raymond is allowed to help the official investigator Ebenezer Gryce, seek the truth. The author makes a compelling tale with real characters, and a believable plot with a few unexpected twists and turns. The plot is generally believable, as is the killer when revealed. I thought that the language was a little more flowery than I like, and could have been written tighter. All in all an entertaining novel that has aged well since 1878 when it was originally published. Some of the language reflects when it was written, but this was not really an issue.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Carla Paulini on July 15, 2013
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This is a good old Victorian murder mystery, written several years before Sherlock Holmes. The print version contains several diagrams and illustrations which are missing in the Kindle version, and which are helpful in understanding events. So I would definitely recommend the print version.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By robert trainor on April 9, 2013
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This is an interesting, well-written book. On the negative side, the plot is too complicated and unrealistic. However, the quality of the prose is far beyond anything I have read in a mystery novel--with the exception, of course, of Poe. This is also a book that is far ahead of its time, and although it was written a hundred and thirty-five years ago and has some outdated language, sentence structure, and punctuation, it is quite modern in terms of plot structure and the method of writing about crime. At times, The Leavenworth Case is so well written that it goes beyond the usual parameters of a mystery novel and can be considered as a novel without genre. It also holds one's attention--I don't often finish a 300 page book in two days. So my four-star rating is not in relation to other mystery novels--it is intended to mean four stars in relation to all novels.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By carolintallahassee on January 12, 2013
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I realize Anna K. Green is not Agatha Christie. However, this book is a great read. She keeps you truly wondering, 'Who did it?' All of the way to the end of the book. I enjoyed it.!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bookgal on December 3, 2012
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Written in the late 1800s — and by a woman no less! — this is a wonderful read. I enjoyed it thoroughly.
The story is about the finding of a murdered man and follows the clues through the inquest, suspects to solution. Unlike other books from this era, Green jumps right into the story and its paced well right to the very end.
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