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3.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 53.32 out of 5 3.32 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anna Katharine Green Narrator: Rebecca Burns Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2009 ISBN: 9781400181285
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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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Eden Politte | 11/15/2013

    " I get that this book is important, as far as whom it influenced, but I have a really low threshold for clueless narrators. The characterization of the women was particularly irritating, especially considering the author is a woman. I'm glad I've read it for the historical perspective but doubt I'll be in a rush to read any of Green's other novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Myrna | 9/13/2013

    " Very good mystery ... a fun read "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann O'Connell | 8/29/2013

    " pretty good novel if you enjoy 19th century mysteries. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricia | 7/31/2013

    " Victorian era mystery with a solid plot. Hard to review without spoilers, so I will say that it isn't possible to guess everything right. I would read another mystery by this author because I was happy with how it turned out. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 7/22/2013

    " Holmes read her, then surpassed her! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/12/2013

    " A fantastic Victorian mystery which is almost comic in its flowery language. The narrator enjoys playing the role of detective but constantly demurs he's too much the gentleman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sophie | 7/12/2013

    " My first have-read book of Anna Katharine Green. The plot, plain as it may seem, will leave you on the edge of your seat till the very last chapter.It was very surprising for me to find that it's not just a mystery book but a love story from the very beginning. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 TJ | 4/22/2013

    " Interesting as it was one of the first mysteries written in the US. But nowhere as good as Mary Roberts Rinehart. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela | 8/12/2012

    " A great read! She keeps you guessing up to the last minute, but always plays fair. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroldunn | 8/9/2012

    " I enjoyed this because it was such a period piece and reminded me of Wilkie Collins. I'm not sure others would enjoy it, though. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ptaylor | 12/28/2011

    " I think it will be interesting to discuss in one of my book clubs. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 9/12/2011

    " This was a really really boring book! I'm not going to finish it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 5/13/2011

    " Murder mystery written in the 1800's by Anna Katherine Green. This was surprisingly good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 4/30/2011

    " Really enjoyed this book :) Good writing style, and a good twist at the end. If you like murder mysteries try this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Caroldunn | 4/7/2011

    " I enjoyed this because it was such a period piece and reminded me of Wilkie Collins. I'm not sure others would enjoy it, though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alloyd48 | 1/14/2011

    " Written in 1878, is a forerunner of Holmes, Miss Marple and the whole mystery genre. If you can take the 19th century language and morals and sexism it is a lot of fun to read. I thoroughly enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 1/6/2011

    " First two-thirds of the story were promising. But the resolution and ending were highly contrived and melodramatic. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Janet | 12/15/2010

    " This was a really really boring book! I'm not going to finish it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann | 8/25/2010

    " pretty good novel if you enjoy 19th century mysteries. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 7/30/2010

    " A fantastic Victorian mystery which is almost comic in its flowery language. The narrator enjoys playing the role of detective but constantly demurs he's too much the gentleman. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Donna | 7/6/2010

    " Holmes read her, then surpassed her! "

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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.