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The Golden Slipper

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

Miss Violet Strange is young, petite and attractive and has a wealthy father. She also has the knack for solving problems. This collection contains nine mysteries or problems for her to solve in an early example of the 'girl detective' by mistress of crime, Anna Katharine Green

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She gave one look and then stepped gingerly in.

"Just look!" she cried; "a whole string of marks going straight from door to window. They have no shape, have they,—just blotches? I wonder why one of them is so much larger than the rest?"

This was no new question. It was one which everybody who went into the room was sure to ask, there was such a difference in the size and appearance of the mark nearest the window. The reason—well, minds were divided about that, and no one had a satisfactory theory. The detective therefore kept discreetly silent.

This did not seem to offend Miss Strange. On the contrary it gave her an opportunity to babble away to her heart's content.

"One, two, three, four, five, six," she counted, with a shudder at every count. "And one of them bigger than the others." She might have added, "It is the trail of one foot, and strangely, intermingled at that," but she did not, though we may be quite s. . . Read More

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This novel is a collection of short stories where each story is a description of one of Violet' s (the female detective narrator) cases. They take place in early 20th century New York. I found the mysteries very clunky. They were completely unsolvable on the part of the reader because a lot of th...more

I really enjoyed this book, more a series of classic short mysteries. Violet Strange is a turn-of-the-century New York socialite. As she solves increasingly high-stakes mysteries among her set, the reader also gradually picks up clues as to why she would risk her own reputation to act as a detect...more

I wanted to like this and was quite interested to begin it (one of the first female detectives in literature!), but it was stylistically annoying and the interlinked short stories felt more like they were trying to be psychological thrillers than proper mysteries. The clues necessary for solving...more

I’ve become a big fan of Green but this wasn’t one of my favorite books. Maybe because it was short stories but the mysteries seemed too simplistic to me. Also, I wasn’t a big fan of the main character. I felt she was shallow and a little arrogant. An interesting view of mystery in short story fo...more

I do so appreciate the role of the Internet in keeping alive many old books and series. This book is one I would probably have never found if it hadn't been issued as an ebook. I value it as much for the glimpse of life for a New York socialite of a century ago as for the detective puzzles. Not o...more

Is this the first instance of the girl detective? A collection of short stories featuring Violet Strange, a well to do girl who for some reason is called in every so often to help solve crimes. Violet is a bit of a cipher, we do not know why she is solving crimes, only getting vague hints every s...more

Nancy Who?

It's only after reading all these short mystery stories that the full force of the titles hit you. I don't know which was the worst, but I think perhaps The Doctor, His Wife, and The Clock was the most awful of them. Or was it Missing Page 13? No, it was The Second Bullet.

Anyway, here's a brief...more

The Golden Slipper & Other Problems for Violet Strange (1915) is a collection of stories by Anna Katharine Green featuring an early edition of that familiar figure, the "girl detective." Violet Strange is a pretty young debutante with a wealthy father and the spare time to secretly investigat...more

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