The Amelia Butterworth Mysteries by Anna Katharine Green (Halcyon Classics)

July 11, 2013 - Comment

THE AMELIA BUTTERWORTH MYSTERIES is a series of three novels featuring Miss Amelia Butterworth teamed up with Detective Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Metropolitan Police. Miss Butterworth is a nosy high-society lady whose wealth and lack of family give her the free time solve several Victorian-era crimes. Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was a pioneering

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THE AMELIA BUTTERWORTH MYSTERIES is a series of three novels featuring Miss Amelia Butterworth teamed up with Detective Ebenezer Gryce of the New York Metropolitan Police. Miss Butterworth is a nosy high-society lady whose wealth and lack of family give her the free time solve several Victorian-era crimes.

Anna Katharine Green (1846-1935) was a pioneering American author of detective fiction. Her legally accurate and intricately-plotted works served to inspire later generations of writers, including Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie, who patterned her ‘Miss Marple’ character after Green’s spinster crimefighter Amelia Butterworth.

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• That Affair Next Door
• Lost Man’s Lane
• The Circular Study

Comments

Carny Asada "reading rainbow" says:

Content terrific; stories can be found free elsewhere Cultivated, middle-aged and nosy, Amelia Butterworth may be Anna Katharine Green’s greatest invention. In these three novellas, Miss Butterworth needs little encouragement to use her powers of observation to help Inspector Gryce solve mysterious disappearances and murders. Her first-person narrative is remarkably self-aware and sometimes surprisingly modern. This edition includes “That Affair Next Door,” “Lost Man’s Lane” and “The Circular Study,” which can also be found separately at no cost.

suspensefan says:

A wonderful discovery I thought I knew most “classic” crime writers, but I was wrong! This 19th century lady author is a real gem, so is her sleuth, Amelia Butterworth, a miss Marple “avant-la-lettre”. Well plotted, well written (with a great sense of humour) – reads like a train. Absolutely recommendable if you like “classic” puzzles with a smile.

Eowyn says:

Enjoyed it! When I read that this author was the inspiration for several later mystery writers, such as Agatha Christie, I had to try it. I was rewarded by not just well written stories that contained amusing by play between the main characters, but intriguing mysteries as well. I am so glad I took a chance and read these. Most enjoyable.

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