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That Affair Next Door (The Mr. Gryce Mysteries Book 8) by [Anna Katharine Green]
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That Affair Next Door (The Mr. Gryce Mysteries Book 8) Kindle Edition

4.1 out of 5 stars 82 ratings
Part of: Library of Congress Crime Classics (7 Books)

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Editorial Reviews


"[Green's] stories are a rich mixture of forensic techniques, complex puzzles and detailed characterisation. . . ."
--South China Morning Post

"Kudos to Duke for reprinting these suspenseful tales and rejuvenating the reputation of an undeservedly long-forgotten writer!"
--Janet Overmyer, "Mysterious Women"

"[D]elightful, illuminating, and thoroughly readable. . . . Hats off to Catherine Ross Nickerson . . . for shining a light on these long-neglected women."
--Adam Woog, "Seattle Times"

"Green writes entertainingly, and she gives us a picture of middle-class life in late 19th-century New York which is full of historical interest."
--Charlotte Mitchell, "The Spectator"

"Readers interested in the development of detective fiction and popular fiction will welcome these volumes, which make available hitherto hard-to-find short novels. . . . Highly recommended."
--B. Diemert," CHOICE"

"[A] must-read, mainly for its sparky, opinionated and very funny leading character. Amelia more than holds her own amongst the nosy spinsters of the Golden Age and beyond."
--Sharon Wheeler, "Reviewing the Evidence"

"If you are fond of Louisa May Alcott, you will like the tone, the suspense, the romance, and the view of women. . . . I hugely enjoyed rereading these tales, emblematic of a more intimate, mannered world where the home needed cleansing of hypocrisy and the abuse of (male) power, even if it needed an assist by a male detective."
--The Poisoned Pen Classic Crimes Newsletter

"["That Affair Next Door]" is leisurely paced but not padded, and the detecting rivalry of amateur and professional is humorously and sensitively managed. Much of its careful plotting and attention to detail would be at home in a formal detective novel of decades later, though the final solution conies from a witness with an explanation anticipated by neither Gryce nor Butterworth. The surprise killer, though probably anticipated by latter-day readers, must have been a sensation in 1897."
--Jon L. Breen, "The Weekly Standard"

"Heads up Jane Marple, Arly Hanks, Kinsey Milhone et al. Preceding you is Miss Amelia Butterworth, the middle-aged spinster creation of Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935). Happily, Duke Press has reprinted two of her novels, out of print for the last hundred years. . . . Green starts off both novels fast with an intriguing incident and ends both with a dramatic climax. Her gothic elements add to the suspense. At various points in both novels the reader will think that s/he knows what is coming. S/he will be wrong. . . . This two in one volume is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED to all mystery lovers."
--Janet Overmyer,

"For readers who think that Lifetime movies and the muddled genre books that combine romance and serial killers are a product of our tawdry age, Duke University Press has reprinted four 19th-century sensationalist classics that are titillating, vulgar, and moralistic by turns, full of violent action and passion, and as shallow and materialistic as reality television. Such fiction, however, provided an arena for women eager to become writers, and the novels collected in these two volumes--which each contain a fine introduction by scholar Catherine Ross Nickerson--display how vital that opportunity was."
--Kris Lawson, "Rain Taxi"

"[F]un to read. . . . Butterworth is an old snoop, but a crafty one. . . . Nickerson's introduction] makes a resounding case for the importance of [Green] in the development of the mystery."
--Booklist --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

From the Back Cover

"Move over, Miss Marple! The original spinster sleuth is back, confronting ghostly coaches, nosing into family skullduggery, and tripping over occasional corpses. Three cheers for Amelia Butterworth and her creator Anna Katharine Green."--Elizabeth Foxwell, mystery writer and contributing editor, "Mystery Scene" magazine

"From the very beginning women writers have been of fundamental importance to the mystery genre, and these highly entertaining works by one of the founding 'mothers' of the American mystery novel demonstrate why. Times may have changed since these books were first published, but good reading never goes out of fashion."--Dean James, coauthor of "By a Woman's Hand: A Guide to Mystery Fiction by Women "and manager of Murder by the Book (Houston, Texas) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • File Size : 2377 KB
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Publication Date : July 14, 2020
  • Publisher : Road (July 14, 2020)
  • Language: : English
  • Lending : Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
  • Print Length : 202 pages
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.1 out of 5 stars 82 ratings