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The Doctor, his Wife, and the Clock

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

A man has been shot dead in his house. Ebenezer Gryce is on the case, but he has no leads, no witnesses, no evidence -- until he decides to talk to the neighbors of the victim, a blind doctor and his beautiful wife.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Mr. Hasbrouck’s violent death?”

I was in such a state of excitement that the perspiration stood out on my forehead. Mrs. Hasbrouck’s story of the occurrence returned to me, and I remembered as distinctly as if she were then speaking, that she had expressly stated that she did not scream when confronted by the sight of her husband’s dead body. But some one had screamed, and that very loudly. Who was it, then? One of the maids, startled by the[24] sudden summons from below, or some one else—some involuntary witness of the crime, whose testimony had been suppressed at the inquest, by fear or influence?

The possibility of having come upon a clue even at this late day, so fired my ambition, that I took the first opportunity of revisiting Lafayette Place. Choosing such persons as I thought most open to my questions, I learned that there were many who could testify to having heard a woman’s shrill scream on that memorable night just . . . Read More

Community Reviews

With a mere 45 pages, this is the shortest of the Mr. Gryce books I have read. However, Mrs. Green does not disappoint in the depth of her characters or in the telling of a very interesting mystery. In 1851, a young Mr. Gryce is investigating the shooting of a well respected businessman killed in...more

This story is well-written, but not the same quality as Anna Katherine Green's other stories. I could tell where the story was going before it got there. It also was soooo tragic a story and depressed me.

This was a fascinating detective story. I had not realised there were such good writers, and especially lady authors of detective or crime novels at this period of time.
This book has an intriguing mystery, a man who is liked, is killed at night in his bedroom. The book also has, what for me was,...more

2 1/2 stars. It is clever but I don't think that most would be able to figure it out; it is a bit complicated (I didn't). The language is a bit more ornate than we use today. Depending on how you find the language will probably effect how you like the story.

One thing that bothered me: It was neve...more

A mystery filled with guilt, love and anger led to death. I loved that the story was told by the detective who went to the murder scene at the beginning and solved the mystery. True love can lead to horrible tragedies. I was happy to read this book as a first edition novel.

Short book but interesting

1851, 17th July, Lafayette Place. Ebenezer Gryce investigates the death of a Mr Hasbrouck, but finds he has no clues. Until some months later he has an idea, and soon he has a confession. But does he believe it.
More a sad story than an enjoyable one.
Originally written in 1895

Interesting little proto-detective story in which an unsolved murder case is reopened when a doctor and neighbour of the deceased confesses to the shooting eighteen months later. The peculiar thing is, the doctor is blind.

Anna Katherine Green has been called the 'mother of detective fiction', and...more

I was disappointed by this book after enjoying so many of Ms Green's other works. I found the plot lacklustre and looked in vain for any character development. It was as if Ms Green had had an idea for a plot but only roughly sketched the details and then decided to publish the rough sketch. Not...more

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