The classic genre-defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel. Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever.
Showcasing Green's verve and style, The Leavenworth Case opens with the shocking murder of Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant, philanthropist, and well-known member of the community. His favorite niece, Mary, is to inherit his fortune, and all of the evidence seems to implicate her or her sister. Yet surprises greet Gryce at every turn - even before the second murder.
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If you like a good old-fashioned victorian mystery, you'll love this book. The characters are so detailed.
I like the lead character best - he could be anybody, and you feel for him! Like Alice stepping through the looking glass, he had no idea what he was getting himself into.
Mr Marvel really captured the characters - they were all so different, and his interpretation really adds depth to the story and the suspense. I love it when the narration makes the book better, and that is the case here.
Unlike Mary Roberts Rinehart's books, Anna Catherine Green's prose doesn't stand up up to test of time. This is the second book I've read/listened to, and the mystery gets lost in the flowery, artificial language. The first book I tried I actually read. The narration gave this book an added depth it wouldn't have had in print.
I don't recommend this writer to anyone who reads just for pleasure. Stripped of the artifice, the motives and killer were obvious immediately.
Four adults, including myself, recently took off across the country for a week of vacation. When conversation got a bit slack, I suggested a recorded book. We settled on this one because it was shorter than my other offerings. I loved the story. The mystery was very well spun and especially that little twist at the end. The 19th century vocabulary was funny. One of the men commented that he needed a dictionary quite often throughout the narration. But, that said, the outdated language, while sometimes funny, didn't make us lose our way throughout the story. It made our days of travel through South Dakota and eastern Colorado a bit more interesting.
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