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The Filigree Ball

Anna Katharine Green

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[The Moore House] was standing when Washington was a village. It antedates the Capitol and the White House. Built by a man of wealth, it bears to this day the impress of the large ideas and quiet elegance of colonial times; but the shadow which speedily fell across it made it a marked place even in those early days. While it has always escaped the hackneyed epithet of "haunted," families that have moved in have as quickly moved out, giving as their excuse that no happiness was to be found there and that sleep was impossible under its roof.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . . the bride went through the ceremony without her bridal bouquet is looked upon by many as an unfavorable omen. In her anxiety not to impose any longer upon the patience of her guests, she had descended without it.

"As to the deceased, but little is known of him. Letters found on his person prove his name to be W. Pfeiffer, and his residence Denver. His presence in Miss Moores house at a time so inopportune is unexplained. No such name is on the list of wedding guests, nor was he recognized as one of Miss Moore's friends either by Mr. Jeffrey or by such of her relatives and acquaintances as had the courage to enter the library to see him.

"With the exception of the discolored mark on his temple, showing where his head had come in contact with the hearthstone, his body presents an appearance of natural robustness, which makes his sudden end seem all the more shocking.

"His name has been found registered at the National Hotel." Read More

Community Reviews

È il 1903 quando Anna Katharine Green pubblica La maledizione dei Moore - o meglio, The filigree ball - ma noi italiani lo possiamo leggere solo dal 2022, grazie ai bellissimi tipi di Abeditore con la traduzione Marialuisa Ruggiero e le loro sempre splendide illustrazioni.

Veronica Moore, giovane ere

Un giallo godibile, uno dei primi scritti da una donna in realtà, antecedente la più celebre giallista Agatha Christie, ma che per qualche sorta di oscuro motivo è rimasto celato ai lettori italiani.

L'arco temporale della narrazione, propone al lettore moderno un passato dove la suggestione raggiun

Credo di aver scoperto una nuova autrice gialla del cuore.

Ho scelto di acquistare questo libro per la pubblicità fatta dall'editore, per il loro aver indicato Anna Katharine Green come autrice prolifica fonte di ispirazione per grandi nomi del genere del calibro della mia amata Agatha Christie o di

Set in Washington, DC, this started out on a dark night when a light was seen in the window of an empty mansion. There is also a shutter loose and flapping a bit. "Oh no," I thought, "I'm not sure I'm up for gothic." But this quickly loses its gothicity, though, and turns into a decent police proced

My favorite of the 10 or so books by Green that I've read. Kind of creepy, and very clever plot though a bit unrealistic.

A story from the point of view of a policeman only named as F. He is called out to Moore House, a house owned by Mrs Jeffrey nee Veronica Moore. A house with a bad reputation, because so far three bodies have been found. The latest was at the wedding of Miss Veronica Moore to Mr Francis Jeffrey. Sin

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