The Leavenworth Case (2020)

The Leavenworth Case Anna Katharine Green The Leavenworth Case The classic genre defining whodunit by the mother of the detective novel Introducing the first American series detective Ebenezer Gryce The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debu
  • Title: The Leavenworth Case
  • Author: Anna Katharine Green
  • ISBN: 9781402170126
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
The Leavenworth Case Anna Katharine Green The classic genre defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever Showcasing Green s verve and sThe classic genre defining whodunit, by the mother of the detective novel Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, The Leavenworth Case was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, and made author Anna Katharine Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever Showcasing Green s verve and style, The Leavenworth Case opens with the shocking murder of Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy New York merchant, philanthropist, and well known member of the community His favorite niece, Mary, is to inherit his fortune, and all of the evidence seems to implicate her or her sister Yet surprises greet Gryce at every turn even before the second murder.For than seventy years, Penguin has been the leading publisher of classic literature in the English speaking world With than 1,700 titles, Penguin Classics represents a global bookshelf of the best works throughout history and across genres and disciplines Readers trust the series to provide authoritative texts enhanced by introductions and notes by distinguished scholars and contemporary authors, as well as up to date translations by award winning translators.
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  1. Tristram

    The Dead Man in the LibraryIf 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 dangerous than those of the public order There are probably cruel and callous people out there who would think nothing of killing a man over a book whereas it is doubtless romantic to kill a man over a woman , and that s why libraries usually abound in dead bodies, a [...]

  2. Nancy Oakes

    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 starting a book, and this time my reasoning proved sound after finishing this novel, I cruised through the reviews here, and discovered that there is one person writing about this book who gave away the whole show [...]

  3. Daniel

    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 alternate perspectives, complete with a shift in the tone of the prose I am amazed that this is the kind of sensationalist reading that the public could pick up in the late 19th century People probably didn [...]

  4. Kim

    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 of The Moonstone in its language, formality, and story complicated by Victorian manners and sensibilities It s also a well constructed mystery that features many of the devices we ve come to recognize a bod [...]

  5. Tony

    THE LEAVENWORTH CASE 1878 Anna Katherine Green The things we don t knowWhen asked, Who was the father of the American mystery story we would immediately answer, Poe Now, Who was the mother of the American mystery story would leave us at least me scratching our heads Turns out that the first woman to write and create this genre was Anna Katherine Green 1846 1938 I came across this novel, her first, in a Penguin Classic edition It featured what was to become a series protagonist, Ebenezer Gryce, [...]

  6. Elizabeth (Alaska)

    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 discovered, slumped at his desk with a bullet in the back of his head Mr Veeley, the senior partner of the firm, was a close friend of Mr Leavenworth, but, as he was out of town, Mr Raymond was called upon to try to hel [...]

  7. ☯Emily

    Anna Katharine Green was one of the originators of the detective story Her detective, Mr Gryce, was created nine years before Sherlock Holmes came on the scene Ms Green was an influence on Agatha Christie and Conan Doyle.The story is fast paced with several improbable events It is enjoyable to read an early detective story written by an American, since the most well known authors are English.A brief synopsis Uncle is killed Uncle s heir is one of his nieces At first, it looks like the niece who [...]

  8. Kim

    The Leavenworth Case published in 1878 and subtitled A Lawyer s Story, is a detective novel by Anna Katharine Green It is also her first novel and she came to be called the mother of the detective novel writing than twenty detective novels and a whole bunch of other books that weren t about crime and murder and all that stuff Green first wanted to write poetry, but when her poetry failed to gain recognition, she switched to novels Her first and best known novel, The Leavenworth Case, was praise [...]

  9. Bev

    The Leavenworth Case was written by Anna Katharine Green and originally published in 1878 nine years before Doyle s A Study in Scarlet It is often considered the first full length detective story written by a woman It was an enormous success with the public, reportedly selling than 750,000 copies in its first decade and a half, and, for nearly half a century, Anna Katharine Green was one of America s most popular authors She wrote many other novels, but what reputation she has today rests on th [...]

  10. Sara

    A very fun, old time mystery detective novel, much in the vein of Wilkie Collins though not quite as well done I had solved the mystery of who done it and why about half way in, but that did not keep me from wanting to finish the story and see all the loose ends tied up.In the flavor of books of this era, it is a bit too neatly tied up and unrealistic by modern day standards It is always important to think about these books in reference to the time in which they were written and without the bene [...]

  11. Jane

    The beginning was exceedingly promising I had been a junior partner in the firm of Veeley, Carr Raymond, attorneys and counselors at law, for about a year, when one morning, in the temporary absence of both Mr Veeley and Mr Carr, there came into our office a young man whose whole appearance was so indicative of haste and agitation that I voluntarily rose as he approached, and advanced to meet him Mr Raymond was told that Mr Horatio Leavenworth, a long standing client of his firm, had been shot a [...]

  12. Nancy

    If you d like to read this, it s in the public domain here It was mentioned the new Penguin edition on NPR as a book worth reading, and it is In the same way that, say, Citizen Kane is a movie worth watching you have to keep reminding yourself that it s not Green Welles who are using the clich s, but rather they re inventing them Aside from her massive contribution to mystery writing in the form of the series detective , I d say there s not much here to see if you re not a mystery person by natu [...]

  13. Mary

    The pacing and Victorian sentimentality may perhaps seem a bit off to modern readers, but this remains a fascinating early example of the detective story genre.

  14. ARNE BUE

    The Leavenworth Case, 1878, by Anna Katharine Greene.Born in Brooklyn, New York, Green had an early ambition to write romantic verse, and she corresponded with Ralph Waldo Emerson When her poetry failed to gain recognition, she produced her first and best known novel, The Leavenworth Case 1878 , praised by Wilkie Collins, and the hit of the year She became a bestselling author, eventually publishing about 40 books.She is credited with shaping detective fiction into its classic form, and developi [...]

  15. Pam

    Published nine years prior to Sherlock Holmes, The Leavenworth Case has been called one of the earliest detective fiction books What makes this book great is that in this age where everyone is blabbering about feminism and boo hooing patriarchy, Ms Green quietly wrote her story and was published in 1878 And is still in print Proof that good stuff sticks, no matter what the demographics of the author may be.Oh and according to the introduction, Ms Green inspired Agatha Christie.

  16. Marts(Thinker)

    A rather interesting classic mystery encompassing the likes of guns, millionaires, beautiful young women, obsessed and unusual secretaries, detectives, and inheritance, etc, etc, and all that Here, a millionaire by the name of Horatio Leavenworth, Esq is found murdered, a young lawyer decides to get involved in the case, and the range of events that transpires thereafter makes it quite difficult to solve the mystery

  17. Susan Molloy

    Looking for something a little different in the murder mystery genre, I found The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green, and published in 1878, who I learned is the mother of detective fiction This was her first novel There are two movie versions of this particular story, one released in 1923 and the other in 1936.This story revolves around the murder of retired New York businessman Horatio Leavenworth, and the introduction of the smart and clever Ebenezer Gryce.Admittedly, this was a slow pa [...]

  18. Cleo

    I loved The Leavenworth Case it was a really good mystery by the mother of the detective novel It is one of the first American mysteries, published nine years before Sherlock Holmes Mr Leavenworth, the wealthy client of Veeley, Carr, Raymond, is mysteriously murdered in his library, with seemingly very few clues to go on Everything seems to indicate Mary, his favorite niece and heiress, or her cousin Eleanore But everything is complicated than it seemsd that s before the second murder.Ebenezer [...]

  19. Sally

    An early Victorian mystery by one of the most successful American writers of her day The mystery is a good one with lots of twists and turns, and some truly surprising aspects to it The writing is sort of florid and sometimes a little hard to get into, but the narrative is still very good The setup is that a rich man with two wards his nieces is found murdered in his library One of the nieces is suspected, although it s the other one who will inherit all the money Ebenezer Gryce is the detective [...]

  20. Dagny

    Although I d heard of this book as possibly the first detective novel written by a woman, I was a long time getting around to reading it So glad I did It was one of the first best selling American novels with good reason I was a bit ambilvalent in the beginning as to whether or not I would go on to read of her books, but as the story progressed it became harder and harder to put down, so yes, I hope to make time in the future for of Green s books There are about a dozen novels in the Ebenezer [...]

  21. Susan Jo Grassi

    What a great read It started out a little slowly but picked up and held my interest until the very end I have wanted to read this book for a long time and was thrilled when I was able to get it on my Kindle This is one of the first books written using a private detective It was written in 1876 but did not appear dated at all I love historical mysteries so this had the added benefit of being true to life.

  22. Zachary

    I only made it about 2 3 of the way through this book before I got bogged down by the extremely slow moving plot Unfortunately I realize the literary importance of this book in the detective genre, but it just didn t capture my attention Then again, I m not a dedicated fan of detective novels anyway.

  23. Athul Raj

    This is one of the earliest works in detective mystery fiction genre The technique, modus operandi and motive given in this story has been used in many works since So, an avid mystery fiction reader may find it a bit ordinary But considering it s year of publication, this one is truly a good one, which I liked and was unable to guess the culprit till the final revelation.

  24. Charlotte

    I enjoyed reading this classic mystery There was one big twist I wasn t expecting I did feel uncomfortable a few times with how much the narrator focused on the beauty of the women and thus they must be good, as if nothing else matters But besides that I enjoyed the work.

  25. Sophie

    My first have read book of Anna Katharine Green The plot, plain as it may seem, will leave you on the edge of your seat till the very last chapter.It was very surprising for me to find that it s not just a mystery book but a love story from the very beginning.

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