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That Affair Next Door

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

The dead body of a woman was found under a large cabinet. But she had been dead four hours before the cabinet fell upon her. The owners of the house had been on vacation and the place empty. Who was she and why was she in the empty house all alone?

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . think the deference they have since showed me is due more to the surprise they felt at the perfection of this dainty luncheon, than to any considerate appreciation of my character and abilities.

They left at three o'clock, still without news of Mrs. Van Burnam; and being positive by this time that the shadows were thickening about this family, I saw them depart with some regret and a positive feeling of commiseration. Had they been reared to a proper reverence for their elders, how much more easy it would have been to see earnestness in Caroline and affectionate impulses in Isabella.

The evening papers added but little to my knowledge. Great disclosures were promised, but no hint given of their nature. The body at the Morgue had not been identified by any of the hundreds who had viewed it, and Howard still refused to acknowledge it as that of his wife. The morrow was awaited with anxiety.

So much for the public press!

At twelve o'cloc. . . Read More

Community Reviews

I no longer remember how this made its way onto my Kindle, but I'm so pleased it did.

When I began reading, I had no idea that Anna Katharine Green is known as "the mother of American detective fiction" or that a secondary character in this book, Ebenezer Gryce, is the detective-hero of her earlie...more

High-society spinster Amelia Butterworth, a sharp-eyed inveterate busybody, notices some strange going-ons next door. The Van Burnams are in Europe, so why are a young man and lady entering the house? Miss Butterworth soon gets the police and herself involved in what turns out to be murder.


La recomendaría a los que disfruten de una novela victoriana con una buena narrativa, pero no tanto a los amantes del thriller puro y duro.
La investigación tiene muchas idas y vueltas, pero me atrapó desde las primeras páginas. Y no me importó seguir a una protagonista muy peculiar, en un mundo...more

A complex but interesting murder mystery, featuring two detectives trying to solve it. Mr. Gryce is an older detective with the police department, and Miss Butterworth is a middle-aged amateur sleuth who becomes involved when the crime happens in the house next door. It took me a little while to...more

Enjoyed this classic as an audiobook

No puedo comenzar a comentar esta maravillosa novela, sin destacar y hacer hincapié, en su maravillosa y cuidada edición y montaje.
Como siempre, la editorial D' Época nos ofrece libros excelentes tanto en su contenido como en su continente.
Ya sabéis que ha recuperado para todos nosotros, de form...more

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