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The Amelia Butterworth Mysteries by Anna Katharine Green (Halcyon Classics) by [Green, Anna Katharine]
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  • File Size: 1576 KB
  • Print Length: 628 pages
  • Publisher: Halcyon Press Ltd.; First edition (May 3, 2011)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZEYX5U
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Cultivated, middle-aged and nosy, Amelia Butterworth may be Anna Katharine Green's greatest invention. In these three novellas, Miss Butterworth needs little encouragement to use her powers of observation to help Inspector Gryce solve mysterious disappearances and murders. Her first-person narrative is remarkably self-aware and sometimes surprisingly modern. This edition includes "That Affair Next Door," "Lost Man's Lane" and "The Circular Study," which can also be found separately at no cost.
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I thought I knew most "classic" crime writers, but I was wrong! This 19th century lady author is a real gem, so is her sleuth, Amelia Butterworth, a miss Marple "avant-la-lettre". Well plotted, well written (with a great sense of humour) - reads like a train. Absolutely recommendable if you like "classic" puzzles with a smile.
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When I read that this author was the inspiration for several later mystery writers, such as Agatha Christie, I had to try it. I was rewarded by not just well written stories that contained amusing by play between the main characters, but intriguing mysteries as well. I am so glad I took a chance and read these. Most enjoyable.
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I thoroughly enjoyed Amelia Butterworth. This Victorian-era lady was self-made and entirely entertaining to get to know. The loving details of her life rang a true note. She didn't act like a victim when life happened. She had the pluck to do what was necessary--while always remaining a lady. This book reads more like a modern novel. To me, she seemed a much more accurate portrayal of the women of her era than others I have read. You know the ones I mean--woman as victim, incapable, having to wait on someone else to solve her problems for her.

The genre is familiar--there is a mystery to be solved and it falls to her to do it, and you know she'll come through, but it's all the little side things that keep this book fascinating. I love her relationship with those around her, her humanity, her creativity and industry. All of these things give her dimension and bring her to life!

Move over, Sherlock! Miss Amelia has come to town.
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I really enjoyed reading this book. It is an older mystery but it is very well written. I liked Amelia Butterworth and her bravery. It has a lot of twists and turns to the plot. I highly recommend it.
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Me. Green has a definite way with words. There are several stories included here of which I liked That Affair Next Door best. I did not care for The Lost Lane as I felt that the solution was not as well thought out as the previous. The Circular Study was quite interesting, but I think that Mrs.Butterworth had more of a supporting role than principle.
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There are three novels included in this collection - "That Affair Next Door", "Lost Man's Lane" and "The Circular Study". The first two are told in the first person by Mrs. Butterworth herself and the last novel is told in the third person. I preferred the first person telling as that gave more amusing insight into the persona of Mrs. Butterworth, a nosy society spinster. To wit - "...which gave me quite a good opinion of myself, whether rightfully or not, I leave you to judge."

The novels were written in the late 1890s. Modern novelists who cast their characters and plots in that time period try to do a good job characterizing the mind set of people at that time but one questions how accurate they may have been It is interesting to read a novel written by a woman who actually lived at that time and could accurately portray the states of mind that were prevalent during that period. For instance, Mrs. Butterworth as a woman of fine breeding would never allow emotion to show on her face and was proud of that fact.

The stories themselves are well plotted. Not only is there the main murder mystery plot but several sub plot mysteries to keep the reader guessing. I may have to seek out other novels by Ann Katherine Green as I know I will enjoy them as I did the novels in this collection
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I enjoyed the bantering between Ms. Butterworth & Mr. Gryce. Anna Katherine Green does tend to be a little "wordy" at times--carrying on too long on certain subjects which could be covered in half as many words.
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