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A Strange Disappearance

Anna Katharine Green

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Anna Katharine Green was an American poet and novelist. She was one of the first writers of detective fiction in America and distinguished herself by writing well plotted, legally accurate stories (no doubt assisted by her lawyer father).

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Where, therefore, a few minutes later, Fanny announced that Mr. Blake had ordered a carriage to take him to the Charity Ball that evening, I determined to follow him and learn if possible what change had taken place in himself or his circumstances, to lead him into such an innovation upon his usual habits. Though the hour was late I had but little difficulty in carrying out my plan, arriving at the Academy something less than an hour after the opening dance.

The crowd was great and I circulated the floor three times before I came upon him. When I did, I own I was slightly disappointed; for instead of finding him as I anticipated, the centre of an admiring circle of ladies and gentlemen, I espied him withdrawn into a corner with a bland old politician of the Fifteenth Ward, discussing, as I presently overheard, the merits and demerits of a certain Smith who at that time was making some disturbance in the party.

"If that is all he has come for," though. . . Read More

Community Reviews

A young woman has disappeared from a fifth avenue home. The bachelor owner, Mr Holman Blake, says he knows nothing of her. But the housekeeper Mrs Daniel is worried and goes to the police. Q finds blood on the windowsill and the girl has not taken the time to pack. It seems clear that she left un...more

I REALLY, REALLY LIKE THIS AUTHOR!!! Yet another story that had me on the edge of my seat, turning the pages, and reveling in the twists and turns come up at the end! LOVED this book!! Well done Anna Green!! By the way since most if not ALL of Anna Katharine Green's books are Classicals, they are...more

Amore nato da delusione e inganno

L’investigatore dell’agenzia Harrison, Gryce, e il suo collega, Smart, sono alle prese con UNA STRANA SCOMPARSA, nel romanzo giallo di Anna K. Green, dal titolo omonimo.
I loro nomi sono facili da ricordare. Ad agire e raccontare il caso, è Smart, giovane e intrapr...more

Anna Katherine Green is considered the ’mother’ of mystery novel writing in US. I downloaded a bunch of books by her and “A Strange Disappearance” is the first one that I read.
I really did enjoy the book.It was very ‘Wilkie Collins’ in its style but less obtuse. The mystery was fairly simple. A y...more

Δεν έχω μεγάλη εμπειρία και τριβή με τα αστυνομικά μυθιστορήματα, ομολογώ ανερυθρίαστα όμως πως η πένα της Άννα Γκρην με εντυπωσιάζει το ίδιο με αυτή της Αγκάθα Κρίστι, όταν έπιασα στα χέρια μου το «Μιά Παράξενη Εξαφάνιση» δεν είχα ταυτοποιήσει το όνομα με αυτό που έγραψε την «Υπόθεση Λέβενγουορθ...more

I was very taken with the detective, Ebeneezer Gryce, when I read 'The Leavenworth Case' a few years ago; and so when I realised that his second recorded case would fill a tricky year in my 100 Years of Books I had to read it.

The story begins in the middle of a conversation between a group of det...more

I love reading old British mysteries (anything pre-WW2) so enjoyed this American one, published in 1880. It takes place in NYC--I visited the Tenement Museum two weeks ago so appreciated this time and place. Two warnings to mystery fans:
1. Written in an older style, the mystery is solved earlier...more

This mystery has a good start, and reasonably engaging plot, but it goes downhill after about a third of the way into the story. Rather predictable after a certain point. The ending was satisfactory as far as the mystery went, but one of the characters had a mistaken sense of duty that was annoyi...more

I'm not certain I can give a good reason why I like Anna Katherine Green and am not especially enamored of more recent mystery writers. For me, it is the better prose - better to my ear, in any case. It's quite possible she was "talking down" to her 19th Century audience, as I feel many 21st Cent...more

I was a little bit disappointed by this after enjoying The Leavenworth Case so much. A K Green is hailed as the Mother of Modern Crime Fiction but it didn't take me long to work out what was going on here. Added to this, I was disappointed to find that Police Inspector Ebenezer Gryce (the Sherloc...more

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