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About the Author

Anna Katherine Green was born on 11 November 1846 in Brooklyn, New York to parents Catharine Ann Whitney and James Wilson Green, lawyer. No doubt his career had an influence on his daughter's, who took early to writing poetry and short stories. In 1866 Green graduated from Ripley Female College in Poultney, Vermont, then moved back to New York to live with her extended family. The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story was published, followed by A Strange Disappearance (1880). After the success of Leavenworth Green had the confidence to submit her The Defense of the Bride and Other Poems (1882) to publishers though it did not receive the attention her detective novels achieved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 438 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (August 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1177516853
  • ISBN-13: 978-1177516853
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 0.9 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,107,634 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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36 of 39 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.

In this classic mystery story featuring the first woman detective, Katherine Anna Green's legendary character Violet Strange has been hailed as the first fictional female detective series. If you love classic mysteries in the Agatha Christie vein, you will love the Violet Strange stories. Violet was a young woman from a wealthy family, who was gifted with remarkable detective skills. When her father disowned her sister for choosing a musical career, Violet set out to earn enough money to launch her sister's career and to support them both. But she knew the decision would estrange her from the man she loved. Soon she was facing a baffling mystery in The Golden Slipper, and don't worry, there are more Violet Strange stories here!

You'll love them all as I did!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Patto TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 6, 2012
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This is a strangely wonderful book, and I must warn you not to judge it early on. Don't look down on the fashionable, fairy-like figure of Violet Strange, the New York debutant rushing heedlessly from tea to musicale to ball. And don't be to quick to find the first few society puzzles she solves mere bagatelles of detection. As case follows upon case, they grow increasingly dark and devastating to the participants - and to Violet.

Violet, too, is a mystery. Why should an elegant little rich girl be so greedy for money? She earns large sums as an undercover agent for a private investigator - and always wants more. What secret is driving her to an employment that she finds distasteful - and that would infuriate her father if he knew of it?

There are nine stories - and both singly and together they demonstrate Anna Katharine Green's great talent for weaving a complex plot. They often deal with emotionally charged matters - for example, finding a will worth millions that's been lost by a sleepwalker, or penetrating the horrid secrets of a room that's been walled off for generations. Eventually Violet will elucidate her own mystery. And there's a love interest for Violet besides - to add to the delights of this book.

The Golden Slipper was published in 1915, but the writing style has the charm and cadence of Victorian fiction. The plots are subtly enriched by Gothic motifs and Shakespearean elements - yet come across as realistic and believable.

Anna Katharine Green was herself a small, shy woman with traditional views and terrific earning power - much like young Violet Strange. Miss Strange may well be the most intimately revealing of Green's many fascinating detectives, male or female.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By ATB / Molly Black on November 28, 2010
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A long time lover and reader of late 19th and early 20th century mystery writers, I came across this collection and fell immediately in love.

Though not detective stories in the strict sense, this collection follows an unusual detective as she uses her skills for unusual mystery solving.

Well written, finely crafted, and very easy to read, I can not recommend this collection highly enough. For me this collection and this writer has become another comfort reading series, much as Agatha Christie and Terry Pratchett have. Don't let the age of the stories deceive you - or the unknown status of the author today.

You may just end up falling in love as I did.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. L. Richards on November 19, 2014
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Read this book because you're interested in getting a glimpse of a different world view--don't read it because you are looking for a great mystery. Most of the tales are more mysterious than they are mysteries. More about an odd circumstance than the detection. I picked it up because I am writing a mystery and am always curious about the genre. It's not great writing but it is a fascinating look at how a turn of the century (the one before) world.

I noticed two things:
1. highly exaggerated characters/emotional dramas--Father's exiling children, parents dueling to the death, abandonded children--gothic and melodramatic.
2. Women were portrayed as powerful--either for good or evil. Men couldn't resist their wiles.
It's an easy read--if you are interested in the time period.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gene Keiser on December 27, 2012
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I'm a huge fan of Anna Katharine Green's and I've read other short stories by her that I liked better. That being said, it was still a good book and usually, but not always, I could not guess how the mystery occurred. Violet Strange is a young woman from the upper class who works as a detective in mysterious events when the police are having trouble figuring out how the event happened. She has one boss who wonders why she continues to work in this uncommon job for a woman when she comes from a wealthy family. She is successful in all of her endeavors and at the end of the book you find out why it is so important that she earn her own money instead of accepting money from her father for certain things. It's a good book but I prefer some of her other works like the Forsaken Inn or the House in the Mist. I would recommend this book to teenagers or to people who enjoy Anna Katharine Green's work but would like to read something a little different from her usual pace.
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