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Hand And Ring (1883)

by Anna Katharine Green

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When Widow Clemmens is struck down in her parlor while the town's legal professionals chat outside the courthouse down the street, such a thorough investigation is made that two equally plausible suspects are quickly unearthed. But is either guilty? And why does the mysterious Miss Imogene Dare arrive so quickly on the scene?

A classic Green mystery, in the dense Victorian prose she used her entire career. Notable particularly for the extended courtroom scenes in the second half of the book, and for the near absence of her famous Mr. Gryce. This is an Ebenezer Gryce book, but the famous detective appears by name only in the final chapters, arriving in time to unravel the mess created by his junior partners.
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"For murder, though it have no tongue, will speak with most miraculous organ."
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The town clock of Sibley had just struck twelve.
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A classic detective story of murder and punishment by one of America's finest mystery writers In a small New York town, the local legal professionals are discussing the nature of crime. Breaking the law, they conclude, does not pay in modern society, as the criminal will undoubtedly be caught. A mysterious hunchbacked stranger approaches the group to interject. "The smart ones don't make tracks," he says before disappearing. Meanwhile, just out of earshot, a woman has been murdered. Mrs. Clemmens was attacked in her home and there is no sign of the killer. As the case unfolds, several plausible suspects present themselves. But who actually committed the crime? And what should be made of the mysterious stranger who had such confidence in the abilities of the seasoned outlaw?… (more)

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