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The Filigree Ball

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

[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

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.

I am always amazed how this author came up with so many different plots and all great reads this being no exception. Loved it!

This was a good story that had me guessing. I am glad I listened as I did enjoy it. The rating is compared to other AKG books that I like more, such as That Affair Next Door, which is one example. If I hadn't read several of her books already I may have rated this a tad higher.

I don't know how this book got into my hands and the title in English sounds nothing like the one translated in my language. Now, seeing the original title, I feel like I have read the story of some real life conspiracy and I wasn't even aware of it.

It was pretty easy to read, interesting, lots o...more

I had to think a bit before I wrote a review of The Filigree Ball. I wanted to be fair to the book considering the time it was written (1903). One early scene in the book comes to mind to demonstrate the time: the lead character, a policeman, blows his whistle on a darkened street in Washington,...more