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The Circular Study (Unabridged Start Classics) Kindle Edition
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I am not an inquisitive woman, but when, in the middle of a certain warm night in September, I heard a carriage draw up at the adjoining house and stop, I could not resist the temptation of leaving my bed and taking a peep through the curtains of my window. First: because the house was empty, or supposed to be so, the family still being, as I had every reason to believe, in Europe; and secondly: because, not being inquisitive, I often miss in my lonely and single life much that it would be both interesting and profitable for me to know. Luckily I made no such mistake this evening. I rose and looked out, and though I was far from realizing it at the time, took, by so doing, my first step in a course of inquiry which has ended—— But it is too soon to speak of the end. Rather let me tell you what I saw when I parted the curtains of my window in Gramercy Park, on the night of September 17, 1895. Not much at first glance, only a common hack drawn up at the neighboring curb-stone. The lamp which is supposed to light our part of the block is some rods away on the opposite side of the street, so that I obtained but a shadowy glimpse of a young man and woman standing below me on the pavement. I could see, however, that the woman—and not the man—was putting money into the driver's hand. The next moment they were on the stoop of this long-closed house, and the coach rolled off.
Anna Katharine Green 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.
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Peter C Parsons
Another Victorian page-turner31 March 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
I had read some earlier reviews that pretty much degraded this wonderful story, saying how improbably it was and that bringing in an outsider, an amateur woman was a terrible thing. But I found the book a little gem of a detection story. As usual with with AKG there are twists and turns ad infinitum. And how difficult it is for our main protagonist (a retired detective) to remain retired. Well, credit is due all around to the various persons involved in this tour de force. Yes, the crime happens in a very limited space--a circular office--and given that, there are suspects galore. There is even a mute witness who is also mentally deranged just to keep the forces totally confused. A well-written and conceived mystery novel, that rejoices in the style of the best Victorian writers. And not to worry--it is a page-turner.
The worst Green I have read so far.7 May 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
I have been reading Anna Katharine Green's books for several weeks now, and most of them I have enjoyed a great deal. This one, however, is definitely my least favorite. It is the last of three books featuring Miss Amelia Butterworth, and it is a sorry ending for her. She is hardly present in the book. As for the story, it is a stretch to call this a detective story. It is reminiscent of her earlier book The Mill Mystery, in that there isn't much detecting, and more of just someone relating a tale. I won't give away any of the plot; I will just say that the motivation for the murder is less than convincing and the victim himself (with his circular study) is absolutely absurd. If this was the first book of hers I had read, it would be the only one. Thankfully, her other books are much better.
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Interesting read24 April 2014 - Published on Amazon.com
This is the first Anna Katharine Green mystery I've read. I found it interesting more from a historical perspective i.e. how the mystery novel began and how it has evolved in the past century. Ms. Green's mysteries were written in between Edgar Allan Poe and Agatha Christie (this one was written in 1900), so she would have been a contemporary of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, and I can see the similarities between her story and Doyle's about Sherlock Holmes, albeit, as one reviewer says, a taste of Wuthering Heights.
Amelia Butterworth2 April 2013 - Published on Amazon.com
This is a free book in a series. I enjoy Anna K Green. Slow . Lots of wrong directions and plodding along to conclusion. Comfortable. Easy to read...Miss Butterworth is curious, observant. She enjoys helping the police solve a crime.