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The Leavenworth Case (Penguin Classics) (original 1878; edition 2010)

by Anna Katharine Green, Michael Sims (Introduction)

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Title:The Leavenworth Case (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Anna Katharine Green
Other authors:Michael Sims (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (2010), Edition: Reissue, Paperback, 326 pages
Collections:Your library, Penguin Classics, Someday

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The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story by Anna Katharine Green (1878)



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This was THE first serial detective story, even before Sherlock. And, BONUS!, it was written by an American woman. The funny thing is that the serial detective is totally just in the background. The story is told by a young lawyer who becomes overwhelmed by the personalities of the two adopted daughters of a wealthy man who is murdered. He decides to investigate on his own, under the loose guidance of the detective Grice. What follows is a string of misunderstandings, misinterpretations, and surprises.

I quite enjoyed this story! It honestly didn't seem like it was from 1878. It was well-paced, smart, and had some nicely developed personalities. I certainly wouldn't mind finding more books from Green. (She wrote something like 40 others!) This was just her first novel and had the honor of being praised by none other than Wilkie Collins so I'm sure there are some other hidden gems out there.

https://webereading.com/2018/10/classics-challenge-9-leavenworth-case.html ( )
  klpm | Oct 25, 2018 |
Stopped reading after several chapters. Didn't capture my attention.
  bogopea | Oct 20, 2018 |
Generally regarded as an early American classic mystery novel, with the "miilionaire shot in his library" adopted to a New York City setting, investigated by a young lawyer, Mr. Raymond, who tells the story, and the police detective Mr. Gryce. the Penguin edition quotes the British Prime Minister Stanley Baldwin as saying in 1928 that it was still one of the bet mysteries ever written. I would not go that far, but it is a good period piece, if you like the period, and I do. After all, it appeared the same year as A Study in Scarlet ( )
  antiquary | Apr 20, 2015 |
This is another book that helped shape the detective and mystery genre. When eventually published in 1878 it became a wild success, selling a million copies and becoming a required text at Yale Law School. Must have been quite a blow to Green’s father whose disapproval of novels caused his daughter write it in secret which took years. Oh and he was a trial lawyer too. Funny.

While not perfect, the book does a good job of illustrating how easy it is to fit facts to a hypothesis and not the other way around. Though Ebenezer Gryce is the official detective, he lets junior attorney Everett Raymond pursue his own line of inquiry driven by his utter conviction that Eleanore Leavenworth must be innocent. The circumstantial evidence against her coupled with her own stubborn silence makes it a hard case to prove. He goes at it doggedly and rationally though his whole supposition is flawed and he’s man enough to admit he was wrong when Gryce confronts him with the fruits of his own investigation. ( )
  Bookmarque | Jan 12, 2014 |
The Victorian era gender norms overwhelmed me. Paragraphs extolling the feminine ideal and how the narrator constrained his thinking by them were incredibly boring. I think I would gave enjoyed this more if it had been from Gryce's perspective. As for the mystery itself, not bad, not great, but not bad. ( )
  encephalical | Jan 11, 2014 |
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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 involuntarily rose as he approached, and advanced to meet him.
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Penguin Classics blurb: Anna Katharine Green's bestseller The Leavenworth Case was the first mystery of its kind. Introducing the first American series detective, Ebenezer Gryce, it was published nine years before the debut of Sherlock Holmes, making Green an enormously popular and influential writer who changed the mystery genre forever. Showcasing Green's distinctive 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 favourite 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.
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When someone shoots Horatio Leavenworth, a wealthy retired merchant, through the head in his library late one night, the evidence at the inquest indicates that no one could have left the victim's locked Manhattan mansion before the discovery of the body the next morning. Suspicion thus falls on members of the household, specifically the dead man's nieces, Mary and Eleanore, only one of whom stands to benefit from their uncle's death. Everett Raymond, a junior partner in a New York law firm that had Leavenworth as a client, teams with unassuming official investigator Ebenezer Gryce to seek the truth.… (more)

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