During a high society party set in New York City in the early 1900s, a beautiful woman is murdered and her precious diamond stolen. A young woman attending the party had just accepted a marriage proposal from a handsome young man. Unfortunately, the young man is the prime suspect in the murder due to circumstantial evidence. From there, the story takes many twists and turns before the identity of the killer is finally revealed.
Anna Katharine Green was one of the first writers of detective fiction in the US and was known for the legal accuracy of her stories.
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An interesting but convoluted story.
The best aspect of the novel was the fact it was unknown - a 'lost classic', so to speak. But then again, there are reasons that some old books aren't better known.
The language was far too purple, but then that was exactly what people expected at the turn of last century so it isn't completely fair for me to criticise it on that basis. But I got very tired of the fact that anything that could be said in one sentence was actually said in a paragraph. It meant the pace was slow and it was easy to drift off.Also, the denouement was so convoluted it actually defied all belief. I felt that a bit of a nod to Ockham's Razor wouldn't have gone astray with this book.Sadly, I didn't warm to the main character at all. I don't know whether it was the language, the narrator or simply the story, but I felt pretty hostile to Rita the whole way through.
No, I haven't. But her performance was good and her accent felt true to life. Accents are the thing that make or break a performance for me and my pet hate is when narrators try to do accents foreign to their own and fail at it. I felt myself getting ready to cringe at the British accent, but fortunately the narrator felt it best not to really attempt it. That definitely raised the quality of the performance for me (I am British/Australian, so it is very noticeable to me when either of those accents are done badly).
Not really, but that was because of the language and the very slow pace. I was curious as to what happened, but I knew it would take a while to get there.
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- Nancy Williams
A rather flat mystery
- Karen R.