- Paperback: 168 pages
- Publisher: Nabu Press (1 July 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1173689982
- ISBN-13: 978-1173689988
- Product Dimensions: 18.9 x 0.9 x 24.6 cm
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The Amethyst Box Paperback – Import, 1 Jul 2011
About the Author
Known as the "Mother of the Detective Novel," Anna Katharine Green (1846 1935) shaped the structure of the modern detective novel and gave it a distinctive American style. Her works include the bestselling The Leavenworth Case, A Strange Disappearance, and The Step on the Stair.
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The first twenty or so pages took off quite well; I was interested in Sinclair’s missing vial of poison which was kept in a tiny amethyst box. His buddy Worthington races against time, along with future bridegroom Sinclair to find that missing vial. The two suspects are the future bride and the secret lover of the detective, Worthington. Sometime used the poison, died, and now the conundrum is: suicide or murder?
The plot is good, but the writing wore on me because it seemed stilted (see my review of Green’s “The Leavenworth Case.”) Green’s writing style here is better that in “The Leavenworth Case,” but the characters and their language all seems so hoity-toity and affected. I pictured the men walking around with pince nez, corsets, and raised pinky fingers. The ladies seemed a little flat, tightly corseted, and a little ditzy.
All in all, I’m not dismissing Green’s works altogether. There are more of her books available, so onward I go—
This volume also contains two bonus stories. All three were good. To me, her writing flows beautifully, and one's interest is held