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The Amethyst Box

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

On the evening before his marriage, Sinclair loses a precious curiosity from his collection: an amethyst box, containing a tiny flask of deadly poison. He suspects that this poison is in the possession of either his betrothed or her cousin, the girl his best friend Worthington loves. Turning to Worthington for help, they try to recover the box before the poison can be administered

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .also lighted, but silent as the one in which we stood. This last struck us as the most incomprehensible fact of all. Mrs. Lansing was not the woman to sleep through a disturbance. Where was she, then? and why did we not hear her strident and aggressive tones rising in angry remonstrance at our intrusion? Had she followed her niece from the room? Should we in another minute encounter her ponderous figure in the group of people we could now hear hurrying toward us? I was for retreating and hunting the house over for Dorothy. But Sinclair, with truer instinct, drew me across the threshold of this silent room.

Well was it for us that we entered there together, for I do not know how either of us, weakened as we were by our forebodings and all the alarms of this unprecedented night, could have borne alone the sight that awaited us.

On the bed situated at the right of the doorway lay a form—awful, ghastly, and unspeakably repulsive. The head, which lay hi. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This one was okay. I generally like Green's mysteries, but this one dragged a bit and the story was so so. Still love her, but this one was tepid.

The kindle version I read had three tales of mystery. They were really well done! Even when you thought you knew what was going to happen you never were really too sure.

This was quite a good little mystery, not very long but it still managed to pack a fair bit in.

On the night of his wedding, Sinclair finds his amethyst curiosity box with a little phial containing one drop of poison missing and he feels sure it can only be one of two people, his intended wife, or h

This was not a Detective Gryce book and was very short, only nine chapters, so it didn't offer the same degree of commitment, character development or depth as those I've read so far. However, the plot was interesting enough and Ms Green certainly knew how to write a Whodunnit which leaves you (me!)

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