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Editorial Reviews

Anna Katharine Green was a pioneer of early American detective stories, and as such has been called "the mother of the detective novel". Collected in this audiobook are her clever and amusing Violet Strange mysteries. Listen along as Violet Strange, while publicly just another New York City socialite, sneaks about secretly solving mysteries for a private detective agency. Veteran narrator, Shelly Frasier, gives an engaging performance, bringing to life all the characters from such stories as "The Golden Slipper", "The Grotto Spectre", and "The Second Bullet".

Publisher's Summary

Violet Strange is no ordinary well-to-do young New York City debutante. Unbeknownst to family and society friends, she leads a secret life as a professional sleuth for a private detective agency. On a mission to raise money for an undisclosed project, the determined and gutsy young debutante diligently snoops around sleepwalking widows, violent and sinister characters, whispering clocks and concealed tombs, connecting clues to solve tales of murder, mystery and intrigue.

The quirky tales of detection include:

  • The Golden Slipper
  • The Second Bullet
  • The Intangible Clew
  • The Grotto Spectre
  • The Dreaming Lady
  • The House of Clocks
  • The Doctor, His Wife, and the Clock
  • Missing: Page Thirteen
  • Violet's Own
  • © (P)2002 Tantor Media, Inc.

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    Author who inspired Agatha Christie

    Keep in mind when this was written, and you will really enjoy this book. The language and mores are of a bygone era, but that is part of what I loved. If you are looking for blood and guts this is not your novel. If you like being transported to another time and place through the vehicle of a mystery -- this is for you.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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    Very tame

    Interesting as period pieces, the stories are pretty tame by today's standards. No action and lacking the depth of a Sherlock Holmes story. Although the stories can be interesting, they typically do not provide the reader with clues that would allow you to solve the crime yourself. Not a lot of depth, so listening to the stories back-to-back, they tend to get boring. The narrator does an excellent job of presenting the stories.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    A fun Mystery and dective set in the late 1800's!

    I really liked this book! It is set in the late 1800's and has as the dectective Violet Strange who is a society girl. I enjoyed how she deduced things and also the mystery of her own life of why she was a detective herself. I recommend it! :-)

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    • Anne
    • Evans, GA, USA
    • 03-27-04

    I really enjoyed this one!

    This is a series of short stories of the society girl, Violet Strange, who does detective work. The stories are very enjoyable and a bit dated since they take place at the turn of the 19th century. I really enjoyed this series.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    • L. Slade
    • 03-30-16

    Too frustrating to listen random chapters

    The chapters in audible bear no resemblance to the short stories making it very difficult to listen to.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful