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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.
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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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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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