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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. She is generally regarded at the author who inspired Agatha Christie to begin her writing career. Although she was a best-selling author, and published 40 books, her first mystery, The Leavenworth Case, turned out to be her best. It was an overnight success that sold 750,000 copie - a huge amount for that time. The book was praised for the mastery of legal points and was used at Yale University to demonstrate the fallacy of circumstantial evidence. It was made into a critically acclaimed movie in 1936. Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth Avenue mansion. Mary, her uncle's favorite, is to inherit her uncle's fortune at his death. As this mystery opens, that lamentable event has just occurred. Leavenworth has been shot to death and circumstances point to one of his young wards.
©1982 Anna Katherine Green; (P)1985 Jimcin Recordings
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5 out of 5 stars
By Linda on 12-14-13


This is absolutely huge in the development of the mystery novel. The plot and the characters are well developed. You'll here the detective state fundamentals of detection that have been picked up and used ever since.

The writing is old fashioned, but it's terrific. The narration is adequate. I strongly recommend this to anyone who loves mysteries, especially classic mysteries. I really wish the rest of Anna Katherine Green's work was available on Audible.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Sandinic on 03-12-09

Good "legal" mystery

I started to read this book on the recommendation of an attorney friend who said it had excellent "lessons" concerning the use of circumstantial evidence. I just didn't have the time to get far so I decided to get the audiobook and listen on the drive to work. Sampled both audio versions and was surprised to hear that one of them ( not this one ) was read by a woman. I know this was a breakthrough book for women but....the first person narrator is a man so...I thought that was odd. Anyway, I got this version one and enjoyed it very much. Old fashioned but I like that - and the reader did a good job.

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