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Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 - April 11, 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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 104 pages
  • Publisher: Echo Library (February 17, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1406893552
  • ISBN-13: 978-1406893557
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,294,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Richard Moore on September 4, 2009
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I'm so happy to see some of the great works of Anna Katherine Green; she has become one of my favorite writers, after I ran out of Christie's books to read. I found out that Agatha Christie, got into writing after reading Greens' books, who was a bestselling author who publishing about 40 books.

I read she was first poet and later became a novelist to get attention to her poetry, however, she was so successful at mystery plotting, (she was an expert at the gradual unfolding of the mystery through the successful unearthing of clue after clue), that she dove right into mystery writing only. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing legally accurate stories, something like Law and Order in the way that the stories are accurate and sometimes based on actual cases.

Her many fans besides me, include such literary luminaries as Arthur Conan Doyle, Wilkie Collins, Mary Roberts Rinehart, and Agatha Christie. In fact, not just Christie, but Rinehart wrote that it was the novels of Anna Katharine Green which first inspired her to become writers of mystery fiction to.

A Strange Disappearance is her second novel, and a great mystery, I'm only half way through and I'm trying to ration myself because its soooo good! If you love a mystery, if you love Christie, or Rinehart, you'll love this book too!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By PinkIris on September 3, 2011
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Another interesting mystery by this author; but to me it was not as interesting as her first novel ("The Leavenworth Case"). It is a little less about mystery and more about characters; but, that can be interesting to some, too. I just prefer a little more mystery. As with most Victorian era novels, I find when there is lot of dialogue (near the end), it becomes rather overly "dramatic" to our more modern ears which is why I believe some people may have found it hokey. If you read it carefully, however, you may find some interesting insight into this era's attitudes and thoughts about men, women, family ties, motives, NYC society, and other matters (at least through the author's eyes). I just wonder-would NYC police really have acted this way with respect to the criminals? (I will not go into detail-you'll have to read to the end.)
A problem I had with the Kindle version was that every time there was a note or something similar and the book said something like "and written on it was: " there was nothing there, no indication of what was written (I think there are about four times this occurred). I assume it has something to do with the "translation" from the book form. It does not, perhaps, change the reader's understanding but is very annoying. There were the usual very minor typos.
The reason for MY three rather than four stars then is a combination of it not being as much a "mystery" as her first novel and the evident problems with it being translated into an electronic Kindle version.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 9, 2010
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The sewing girl in the New York mansion of wealthy Mr. Blake has been abducted. Traces of struggle and drops of blood are visible in her room. And yet how did the abductors get her out a window and down a tall ladder without some cooperation from her?

The housekeeper, Mrs. Daniels, appeals to police inspector Ebenezer Gryce to find the girl and keep the search quiet. She wants to protect the privacy of her aristocratic employer. Holman Blake, though relatively young, is reclusive and hates any sort of notoriety.

A Strange Disappearance was published in 1880, a dubious era in American law enforcement when the police would make a special effort if paid extra. Mrs. Daniels offers her savings to help fund the investigation, a strange act considering she's not a relative. But then there are lots of strange things about the sewing girl. Her room is curiously large and elegant for a servant, and she's been reading Shakespeare.

The investigation takes many a surprising direction, from an exclusive Charity Ball to the most disreputable streets in New York to a sinister old inn deep in the mountains of Vermont. Frustrated love and the love of wealth play an important role in a plot rich in mystery and dark deeds.

The charming narrator is Q, assistant to Inspector Gryce, a rising young detective who's proud of his disguises, adept at flirting with housemaids and landladies and happy to take risks in a good cause.

Anna Katharine Green invented many of the conventions of detective fiction. Wilkie Collins commented on her powers of invention, and Agatha Christie admitted being influenced by her. She isn't really a polished writer, and her style is pure melodrama, but she's fun reading. I'm on a mission to read all her mysteries.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daphne reads-&-reads on November 22, 2011
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I can see why this mystery is the predecessor to Christie, Rinehart, and other great authors. It had great plot, good characterization, and easy to read. Very enjoyable.
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By Jetpack on August 17, 2011
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This is a review of the free Kindle version.

If a woman disappeared from your house, you would probably care. Mr. Blake, doesn't, so he comes under some appropriate suspicion. As time passes, the story is revealed and it involves a marriage, attempted murder and kidnapping.

A fun read - worth the download. Pay attention to the painting!
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