The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green
Anna Katharine Green (1846 – 1935) was an American writer best known for detective fiction. Green is considered the mother of the detective novel and wrote some of the most famous works in crime fiction before the Conan Doyle’s classic Sherlock Holmes stories were published. Green's best known novels are the Amelia Butterworth Mysteries which consist of That Affair Next Door, Lost Man's Lane, and The Circular Study.
This carefully crafted ebook: “THE FORSAKEN INN (Gothic Mystery Classic)” is formatted for your eReader with a functional and detailed table of contents.The Forsaken Inn is a historical mystery novel set in the late 18th century, about a young newly-wed couple staying the night at the Inn, and leaving the next day. Several years later a secret room is discovered with the bride's body in it. But, many people saw the bride leave with her new husband. How is that possible?Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories. Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel". She stamped the mystery genre with the distinctive features that would influence writers from Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle to contemporary authors of suspenseful "whodunits".
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Anna Katharine Green was one of the earliest detective fiction writers, and some of her mysteries remain the most popular to be written by an American.
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"Sometimes in the course of his experience, a detective, while engaged in ferreting out the mystery of one crime, runs inadvertently upon the clue to another. But rarely has this been done in a manner more unexpected or with attendant circumstances of greater interest than in the instance I am now about to relate. For some time the penetration of certain Washington officials had been baffled by the clever devices of a gang of counterfeiters who had inundated the western portion of Massachusetts with spurious Treasury notes. Some of the best talent of the Secret Service had been expended upon the matter, but with no favorable result, when, one day, notice was received at Washington that a number of suspicious-looking letters, addressed to the simple initials, X. Y. Z., Brandon, Mass., were being daily forwarded through the mails of that region; and it being deemed possible that a clue had at last been offered to the mystery in hand, I was sent northward to investigate."
Often called "the mother of the detective novel", Anna Katharine Green has contributed immensely to the detective novel as we know it today, and The Circular Study is certainly one of her masterpieces. Green's works were major inspiration for Agatha Christie herself, so reading this great detective novel will surely delight Christie fans as well.The Circular Study is, beyond doubt, a typical Victorian story. We have the typical detective, Ebeneezer Gryce of New York Metropolitan Police Force, a self-proclaimed master of the art of deduction, aided by Amelia Butterworth, a cultivated and nosy spinster - the forerunner of so many perfectly penned amateur detectives, Agatha Christie's Miss Marple included. The Circular Study is actually the third and last of Green's novels that features Amelia Butterworth - the other novels by Green have different detectives - her character adding a distinct color to all the three books.The story itself is masterfully written as well - it comes in several different forms including a diary, letters and narrative. The murder mystery that the two detectives are bound to unravel is bizarre and the investigation moves into the wrong direction multiple times before the mystery is solved. The plot unfolds gradually, captivating the reader's attention with lots of detours - one clue after another are discovered and made sense of, until all the pieces in the puzzle are put together to give the final picture and to solve the case.Anna Katherine Green is well-known not only for having a talent for writing narratives, but also for the legal accuracy of her stories. She very often used real stories as starting points and inspiration for her novels and she had extensive legal knowledge as well, and this combination of precision, storytelling ability and creativity give Green's books a special and unique character.
A story of mystery and crime . 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...
I was walking at a rapid pace up the avenue one raw, fall evening, when somewhere near the corner of Fifty——Street I was brought to a sudden stand-still by the sound of a child's voice accosting me from the stoop of one of the handsome houses I was then passing. "O sir!" it cried, "please come in. Please come to grandpa. He's sick and wants you." Surprised, for I knew no one on the block, I glanced up and saw bending from the open doorway the trembling figure of a little girl, with a wealth of curly hair blowing about her sweet, excited face. "You have made a mistake," I called up to her. "I am not the person you suppose. I am a stranger. Tell me whom you know about here and I will see that someone comes to your grandpa." But this did not satisfy her. Running down the stoop, she seized me by the arm with childish impetuosity, crying: "No, no. There isn't time. Grandpa told me to bring in the first man I saw going by. You are the first man. Come!" There was urgency in her tones, and unconsciously I began to yield to her insistence, and allow myself to be drawn towards the stoop. "Who is your grandpa?" I asked, satisfied from the imposing look of the house that he must be a man of some prominence. "If he is sick there are the servants"—But here her little foot came down in infantile impatience.
Anna Katharine Green (November 11, 1846 – April 11, 1935) was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories.Green has been called "the mother of the detective novel.