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Lost Man's Lane

Anna Katharine Green

Book Overview: 

After several people apparently vanish into thin air while walking along the same country road, New York detective Mr Gryce calls on the skills of Miss Amelia Butterworth to help him solve this most puzzling crime. The author of Lost Man’s Lane, Anna Katharine Green, has been described as the first female American writer of detective stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .She was a beautiful girl," I remarked, on the principle that, the ice once broken, one should not hesitate about jumping in. "Was your father equally handsome for a man?"

"My father—yes, let's talk of father. He was a judge of horses, he was. When he died, there were three mares in the stable not to be beat this side of Albany, but those devils of executors sold them, and I—well, you had a chance to test the speed of old Bess yesterday. You weren't afraid of being thrown out, I take it. Great Scott, to think of a man of my tastes owning no other horse than that!"

"You have not answered my question," I suggested, turning him about and moving toward the gate.

"Oh, about the way my father looked! What does that matter? He was handsome, though. Folks say that I get whatever good looks I have from him. He was big—bigger than I am, and while he lived—What did you make a fellow talk for?"

I don't know why I did, but I . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Great for fans of gothic and mysteries.

That Affair Next Door: I read The Leavenworth Case not too long ago, and loved it. Anna Katharine Green was the forerunner of Agatha Christie, and her less-known mysteries are brilliant. Also in the book that I read is Lost Man's Lane.

That Affair Next Door is the first mystery starring Amelia Butter

This is the second of Ms Green's novels I've read and I loved it. The story is very good and I was totally surprised by the ending. The novel was written at the turn of the century and has the early 20th flavor. The story is skillfully plotted and the main characters, a detective Gryce and self-styl

This is another book I read in my quest to find an author I like as much as Agatha Christie. It was actually 2 books published into 1. I thoroughly enjoyed "That Affair Next Door." The writing style was a bit antiquated and had WAY too many commas. But I really enjoyed the characters and the story.

A really well-written pair of mysteries with interesting characters and believable plot twists. Even more enjoyable when you stop to realize that Green was one of the early mystery writers, because her style of plot and character development is very similar to many contemporary best-selling authors.

First published in 1897, That Affair Next Door is another fascinating study in human motivations intertwined with bits and pieces of circumstantial evidence that at first make very little sense. True to Green’s style, she calls up and explains each motivation, each piece of evidence with mathematica