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The Leavenworth Case

Anna Katharine Green

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Anna Katharine Green was one of the first female mystery writers to publish under her own name. The technical excellence of her books caused several law schools to use The Leavenworth Case as a textbook in some of their classes, as an example of how misleading circumstantial evidence can be.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .I have. Won't somebody tell her, then—won't you—that her manner is a mistake; that it is calculated to arouse suspicion; that it has already done so? And oh, don't forget to add"—her voice sinking to a decided whisper now—"what you have just repeated to me: that circumstantial evidence is not always absolute proof."

I surveyed her with great astonishment. What an actress this woman was!

"You request me to tell her this," said I. "Wouldn't it be better for you to speak to her yourself?"

"Eleanore and I hold little or no confidential communication," she replied.

I could easily believe this, and yet I was puzzled. Indeed, there was something incomprehensible in her whole manner. Not knowing what else to say, I remarked, "That is unfortunate. She ought to be told that the straightforward course is the best by all means."

Mary Leavenworth only wept. "Oh, why has this awful trouble come to me, who . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Such a satisfying story! Nothing at all is as it seems here, making for great mystery reading. Another book I'm very, very happy to have read. Ahhhhhhhh.

Let me say the following to anyone who might be thinking of reading this book: There is a very good reason I don't read GR reviews before start...more

This was a super-excellent mystery, and I am awed by its existence. Author Green wrote and published this nearly a decade before Sherlock Holmes entered the world, and many of the conventions of the genre are present in this book. Green also throws in diagrams, codes, and passages written from al...more

A very interesting novel. You can see what would come out of it (the modern series mystery), but you can also see where it was coming from - the sensation novels of the 1860s, Dickens, and the American sentimental novel tradition.

Όποτε άρχιζα να διαβάζω το βιβλίο ξαφνικά βρισκόμουν σε μια εντελώς διαφορετική εποχή από την δίκη μας πραγμα το οποίο μου κέντρισε το ενδιαφέρον, η πλοκή είναι πολύ καλύτερη από το αναμενόμενο διότι καθώς ήταν από τα πρώτα άστυνομικα μυθιστορήματα δεν θεωρούσα ότι θα είχε και ικανοποιητική υπόθε...more

2.5*
Η Green θεωρείται η "μητέρα της αστυνομικής λογοτεχνίας" και η Υπόθεση Λέβενγουορθ που εκδόθηκε το 1878 είναι το πρώτο της βιβλίο και ακολούθησαν πολλά ακόμα.
Διάβασα στο βιογραφικό της οτι ενώ η ίδια διακρίθηκε σε έναν ανδροκρατούμενο χώρο,ήταν κατά του φεμινισμού και του κινήματος για τα γυν...more

Στα θετικά, παρότι οι χαρακτήρες είναι μέτρια ανεπτυγμένοι, η συγγραφέας καταφέρνει να ντύνεται τον καθένα τους με μεγάλη επιτυχία.

Τα τσιτάτα στην αρχή των κεφαλαίων δε δίνονται για εντυπωσιασμό, αλλά για να δημιουργήσουν ατμόσφαιρα, δεδομένου ότι το βιβλίο είναι γραμμένο στα αμερικάνικα αγγλικά...more

The Dead Man in the Library

If there is anything classic detective stories have ever taught us, it is this – that libraries are probably the most likely non-combat-related places for you to get killed in, with private ones being even more dangerous than those of the public order. There are probabl...more

I'm glad to have found this author. This is apparently her most well known of the many mysteries she wrote. As the GR descriptions says, Mr. Raymond is a lawyer with the firm of Veeley, Carr & Raymond. He is called to the home of Horatio Leavenworth the morning Mr. Leavenworth's body is disco...more

Published in 1878, The Leavenworth Case is a classic murder mystery written by Anna Katharine Green. Green is credited with developing the modern detective genre with her series featuring NY police detective Ebenezer Gryce. This book is the first of the series and the best known. It has the feel...more

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