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People/Characters: Amelia Butterworth

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The Amelia Butterworth Mysteries by Anna Katharine Green (Halcyon Classics) by Anna Katharine Green
The Anna Katharine Green Mystery MEGAPACK ® by Anna Katharine Green
The Circular Study by Anna Katharine Green
The Lady Sleuths Megapack ® by Catherine Louisa Pirkis
Lost Man's Lane by Anna Katharine Green
Pistols and Petticoats: 175 Years of Lady Detectives in Fact and Fiction by Erika JanikFictitious character
That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green
That Affair Next Door and Lost Man's Lane by Anna Katharine Green

Character description

Amelia Butterworth was the first fictional female detective. She was created by Anna Katharine Green. Amelia was a fifty-ish, upper-middle-class spinster in New York. Despite her claims to the contrary, she is very inquisitive. She is determined not to be outdone by men, especially Detective Ebenezer Gryce. She appeared in three novels.

Her original first name was Araminta, meaning "prayer and protection", but she changed it as seemed to her to suggest "antiquated sentimentality" She felt that Amelia, meaning "to make better" was more appropriate for a sensible woman.

Agatha Christie was a fan of Anna Katharine Green, and Amelia Butterworth is thought to have influenced Miss Jane Marple.

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