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The House of the Whispering Pines

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

The country club house The Whispering Pines was closed for the winter, but only one day after he locked the place personally, the narrator sees smoke come out of the chimney. He decides to investigate and enters the house. Hidden in the dark, he sees the sister of his fiance, the girl he secretly loves, run out of the house with tears in her eyes. Upstairs then, he discovers the dead body of his betrothed.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .On the contrary, all the appearances, save such as I believed known to myself alone, spoke so openly of a man's strength, a man's methods, a man's appetite, and a man's brutal daring that the suspicion which had naturally fallen on myself as the one and only person implicated, would in shifting pass straight to another man, and, if he could not be found, return to me, or be lost in a maze of speculation. This seemed so evident after a long and close study of the situation that I was ready with my confession when Mr. Clifton next came. I had even forestalled it in a short interview forced upon me by the assistant district attorney and Chief Hudson. That it had made an altogether greater impression upon the latter than I had expected, gave me additional courage when I came to discuss this new line of defence with the young lawyer. I was even able to tell him that, to all appearance, my long silence on a point so favourable to my own interests had not militated against me to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Recensione pubblicata su Cronache di Betelgeuse

Un giallo dalle premesse molte interessanti: il narratore è il principale indiziato per un terribile delitto che sembra avvolto nel mistero. Innamorato di una donna, che non sembra ricambiarlo, si trova sulla scena del crimine senza capire subito que...more

Love, envy, murder... an unusual murder occurs at a country clubhouse and the suspects include the victim's brother and her lover...
Though the plot is quite good, the reader should be cognizant of the first and third person changes throughout, the 'detective' Caleb Sweetwater is a rather unique c...more

The beginning of this book pulled me right in and I couldn't put it down until I'd found out whodunit. I was so intrigued by this author, Anna Katharine Green, that I did some research and was shocked to discover she is considered the 'mother of detective fiction,' yet I'd never heard of her. Wha...more

I really liked The House of the Whispering Pines, it's a murder mystery kind of along the lines of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie mysteries. It starts out with a man named Elwood Ranelagh (sp?) driving in his carriage by the Whispering Pines a country club that has been closed up for the win...more

There is a small introduction which indicates that while Green was enormously popular years earlier, her strength as an author was beginning to wane. Had I not read this, it would not have occurred to me while reading this. It's true, there were sections that seemed a bit repetitive.

The story is...more

This is a mystery meant to be read by men and women from a different era. I found it difficult to enjoy because of many of the characters' motives and melodrama. I tried to read it from the perspective of the early 20th century when it was published, but I could not get past Green's sexism. Women...more

The House of the Whispering Pines was originally published in 1910, which makes it a vintage mystery that should not be compared to today's novels. Anna Katharine Green is a product of her time, flowery language, 19th century values and sentiments bleed across the page.

That said, Green has many...more

Excellent mystery!

When a woman is found dead at The Whispering Pines, not only is everyone shocked, but murder is suspected. After all, why would such a well liked young lady put an end to things, or why would anyone want to do away with her? Her vagabond of a brother is suspected, since he has...more

What I really liked about this book was the way in which the legal elements were portrayed. In the trial there were terse questions and answers, appropriate objections, to-the-point opening and closing statements, and even a Perry Mason-esque trial surprise.

What I didn't like were the extreme ove...more

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