The Leavenworth Case

The Leavenworth Case

by Anna Katherine Green


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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 his 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.

Circumstantial evidence points in one direction; but is that the trail to follow? Not to give anything away, but Yale University used this book in its law school to demonstrate the fallability of such evidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781724690364
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/05/2018
Pages: 278
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Anna Katharine Green (1846 1935) was a well-reviewed and commercially successful author of detective novels. She wrote thirty-four novels and four collections of stories. Catherine Ross Nickerson is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women, also published by Duke University Press.

Rebecca Burns is editor-in-chief of Atlanta Magazine, which has won numerous regional and national awards under her direction.

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The Leavenworth Case 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
bogopea on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great old-timey mystery that takes place in New York City during the Victorian era--this does not read like a modern novel. Any afficionado of Patricia Wentworth or Agatha Christie would enjoy this.
devenish on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I must admit to rather ambivalent feelings here. On the one hand this is a seminal work in the genre of murder and detection,being written nine years before Conan Doyle's great detective, Sherlock Holmes appeared on the scene. In her own detective,Ebenezer Gryce and his Watson-like assistant Everett Raymond,Green has written an ideal team. Briefly, the whole tale hinges upon the murder of the wealthy Horatio Leavenworth who's body is discovered within his locked library,shot through the head. The main members of the family living with him at that time are his two nieces Mary and Eleanore and both are prime suspects in the murder. So far so good,but on the other side of the coin,and a great detraction for me to this basically excellent story,is the large amount of melodrama and what I would describe as 'fainting and shrieking' moments. William Le Queux can get away with it but Anna Katherine Green cannot.So,5¿ in many ways,but I must deduct a star for the melodrama. Thus 4¿ is my final (and difficult) verdict.
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That actually reads them. Like seven keys to bauld plate