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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".
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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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5 out of 5 stars
By Mary B. on 09-04-04

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By J. F Jones on 08-05-03

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.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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1 out of 5 stars
By L. Slade on 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.

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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