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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (292 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Katharine Green Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth Avenue mansion. Mary, her uncle’s favorite, is to inherit his fortune at his death.

As this mystery opens, that lamentable event has just occurred: Leavenworth has been shot to death, and circumstances point to one of his young wards. But is that the trail to follow?

This classic mystery novel—a tribute to Anna Katharine Green’s exceptional plotting and legal accuracy—was famously put to use by Yale University’s law school to demonstrate the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Nathan | 1/24/2014

    " The main suspects involve a rich , beautiful woman full of a sense of entitlement, her rigid uninteresting sister, her cardboard cutout suitor and a wimpy private secretary. The character of the spoiled young girl is described in painful detail. When it came down to the final analysis of who did it - my main thought was - who cares? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Athul Raj | 1/23/2014

    " This is one of the earliest works in detective/ mystery fiction genre. The technique, modus operandi and motive given in this story has been used in many works since. So, an avid mystery fiction reader may find it a bit ordinary. But considering it's year of publication, this one is truly a good one, which I liked and was unable to guess the culprit till the final revelation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/19/2014

    " I thought all the characters were somewhat annoying for about the first third of the book, but they gradually grew on me. Everett Raymond was unnecessarily clueless, and I didn't really identify with Eleanore or Mary. The language was also a bit too flowery for my taste; I usually don't mind Victorian Era language so I'm not sure what was different this time. I was a little disappointed in the end of the book, but I can't say why without giving it away. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Marci | 12/21/2013

    " It's an interesting book for a number of reasons. It was written by a woman. It was also published ten years before Sherlock Holmes and yet it's Arthur Conan Doyle we remember. "

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About the Author
Author Anna Katharine Green

Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first detective fiction writers in America and distinguished her work by writing well-plotted, legally accurate stories. She has been called “the mother of the detective novel.”

About the Narrator

Rebecca Burns is a published narrator of children’s books and books for young adult. Her published credits include Pollyanna, The Jungle Book, The Wizard of Oz, and numerous other classic titles.