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Agatha Webb

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

A universally beloved woman has been murdered. But who would have the heart to kill Agatha Webb? Would her husband do it for money matters? Or would it be the cook, who died at about the same time? Or would it be the rich and well-connected Mr. Fredrick, who ran away into the woods? This work is also for feminist fiction lovers. As the story starts right after the murder, we see how miss Page, a servant at a rich house who is the sweetheart of the same Mr. Fredrick, wants to join the investigation- and is constantly prevented from doing so by conservative men.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .It was new money. I thought it felt so at night, but I was sure of it in the morning. A brand-new bill, sir, a—But that isn't the queerest thing about it. I was asleep, sir, sound asleep, and dreaming of my courting days (for I asked Sally at the circus, sirs, and the band playing on the hill made me think of it), when I was suddenly shook awake by Sally herself, who says she hadn't slept a wink for listening to the music and wishing she was a girl again. 'There's a man at the shop door,' cries she. 'He's a-calling of you; go and see what he wants.' I was mad at being wakened. Dreaming is pleasant, specially when clowns and kissing get mixed up in it, but duty is duty, and so into the shop I stumbled, swearing a bit perhaps, for I hadn't stopped for a light and it was as dark as double shutters could make it. The hammering had become deafening. No let up till I reached the door, when it suddenly ceased.

"'What is it?' I cried. 'Who's there and . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Not Ms. Green's best work, sadly. The pace is erratic and the tale often slows to a point where it struggles to hold interest in the reader. That doesn't hold true for much of her writing, so why it should do so here, I confess I don't understand; she could write far better than this when she tri...more

Highly enjoyable old-fashioned melodramatic murder-mystery. Written in the 1890s, this story is chock full of twists and turns, secrets and lies, love and honor, and compelling characters acting for good or ill. No one seems to have all the threads of this tangled web in hand, until the clevernes...more

I didn't like the structure of this. The story is simple enough and the twists are lame in my opinion, just not believable. Sweetwater the detective here just chases his tail in circle, at no moment did he know the big "reveal" and he was just bumbling through his investigation of Agatha Webb's m...more

It’s a little melodramatic. The women are either evil temptresses or pure as snow. The hero is given to sinful excesses, which are never quite named, until he is reformed. But, hey, it was first published in 1899. Anna Katherine Green is considered very influential in the development of the detec...more

I wouldn't call this a feminist story at all. Miss Page rudely buts into the investigation in the beginning then becomes a bitch who thinks she has the upper hand by using blackmail against Mr. Frederick. The story also goes into various forms of love & how strong love can be but isn't mushy...more

Not author’s best but still worthwhile reading. Really enjoyed the narration.

Utterly preposterous. I enjoyed it quite a lot, because I do enjoy a really preposterous piece of melodrama.

It seemed, though, that Green put cards with a lot of plot elements into a bag and pulled them randomly. Let's see: a murder; an amateur sleuth; an evil young woman; secrets; the mysterious...more

I don't know why I continually try to read Green's books. I guess I hope to enjoy one of the few female authors of mystery novels of this time, however I am always disappointed with the actuality. This is a basic who-dunnit - woman is found stabbed to the heart but with an exceptionally serene co...more

First published in 1899, this enjoyable murder mystery takes numerous twists and turns. Colorful characters.

When I first started reading Agatha Webb, it was mildly amusing, a rich brat goes off the night, a pious woman dies and then all of a sudden the brat changes into a good guy, shuns the vampy gf and tries to woo the good girl. A soap opera in the making if ever I saw. The Days of Our Lives or that...more

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