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The Leavenworth Case (Penguin Classics) (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 1878; vuoden 2010 painos)

– tekijä: Anna Katharine Green (Tekijä)

Sarjat: Ebenezer Gryce (1)

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Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth Avenue mansion. Mary, her uncle's favorite, is to inherit his fortune at his death. As this mystery opens, that lamentable event has just occurred: Leavenworth has been shot to death, and circumstances point to one of his young wards. But is that the trail to follow? This classic mystery novel-a tribute to Anna Katharine Green's exceptional plotting and legal accuracy-was famously put to use by Yale University's law school to demonstrate the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Leavenworth Case (Penguin Classics)
Kirjailijat:Anna Katharine Green (Tekijä)
Info:Penguin Classics (2010), Edition: Illustrated, 326 pages
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The Leavenworth Case: A Lawyer's Story (tekijä: Anna Katharine Green) (1878)

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Wealthy Horatio Leavenworth, is found dead one morning. Evidence seems to point to one of his nieces who lived with him. Everett Raymond a junior partner in an attorney firm decides he must provide her innocence.
An entertaining read of a book published in 1878 and introducing the reader to the detective, Ebenezer Gryce, who appears in many of her books.
A NetGalley book ( )
  Vesper1931 | Jul 29, 2021 |
The Leavenworth Case is a well-written, entertaining story that will be appreciated by classic mystery fans.
The body of wealthy Horatio Leavenworth is found slumped over his desk. He has been shot through the head. Only a member of his household could have done it, but which one?
The actual detective is Mr. Gryce, who is more of a secondary character acting as a puppeteer behind-the-scenes rather than the starring investigator of the crime. Mr. Raymond is the protagonist/narrator and it is from his perspective that the details of this melodramatic tale unfold.
Mr. Raymond is a young attorney initially called in to provide legal counsel to the two Leavenworth nieces who reside with their uncle- the murdered man. Raymond neglects to give them any cogent legal advice, but does find himself recruited to act as Mr. Gryce’s investigative stooge, uncovering and confirming points of evidence to secure Gryce’s case. Raymond is a gullible fool whose naiveté and instant infatuation with Eleanore Leavenworth cloud his judgment.
For the seasoned mystery reader, the plot and the clues are rather obvious. Raymond’s inability to see what is going on right under his nose is always comical and occasionally tiresome. In fact, none of the central characters are particularly endearing, and this point does cause the book’s narrative to deflate at times. Overall, however, this is quite a pleasant read.
A word of warning: readers with short attention spans or only basic literacy skills will struggle to engage with this book and will probably prefer to avoid it. ( )
  missterrienation | Jul 20, 2021 |
Creaky and melodramatic on the one hand; on the other hand, this book was innovative, in that many of the tropes that would soon become very familiar, most notably the "gather the suspects and I'll name the murderer" are done here for either the first time, or very early in its development. On that grounds (but largely on that grounds), this book should be read by fans of mystery fiction. ( )
  EricCostello | Jun 21, 2021 |
Interesting mystery but too long winded and dull at times. Virtually on every page the incredibly beauty of the two female characters was proclaimed in most dramatic terms and that got old pretty fast. By the time the final twist came around, I just wasn't all that invested in the story anymore, I just wanted it to hurry up and resolve. There was also a touch of naivete that set my teeth on edge, especially in relation to the two-dimensionality of female characters. All up, it was okay, but I enjoyed "That Affair Next Door" much more, it was more humourous, was a better mystery and had far more interesting characters. ( )
  JuliaMay | Dec 10, 2020 |
Another truly classic mystery, published in the mid 1800s. A wealthy man is shot dead in his library. A servant in the house mysteriously disappears. An English gentleman seems interested in the household. But the two prime suspects are the beautiful cousins who are the dead man's nieces. The oddest aspect of the case is that the man adopted both nieces when they were only ten, yet decided for unknown reasons to make only one his heir. It does make it rather difficult to feel that his murder was any great loss to the world. The narrator is a lawyer working for the firm patronized by the dead man. He is smitten by one of the young women and endures great mental anguish as his efforts to aid the detective in the case seem only to pile up evidence against her. The detective delegates much of the footwork to the young lawyer because he is a gentleman, able to converse with witnesses and suspects on equal terms, whereas the detective is of a lower class. There is a surprise ending, which I will not spoil, marred in my mind by the suspect being allowed to fade out of the reader's memory for a good part of the action. The language is of the time, a little florid for modern tastes, especially in describing the lovely young women. There is also a bit of racism, although really bad for the times. Anna Green was a prolific author and several of her works are available in electronic format. ( )
  ritaer | Apr 3, 2020 |
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Horatio Leavenworth is a New York merchant whose material wealth is matched by his eminence in the community and reputation for good works. He is also the guardian of two striking nieces who share his Fifth Avenue mansion. Mary, her uncle's favorite, is to inherit his fortune at his death. As this mystery opens, that lamentable event has just occurred: Leavenworth has been shot to death, and circumstances point to one of his young wards. But is that the trail to follow? This classic mystery novel-a tribute to Anna Katharine Green's exceptional plotting and legal accuracy-was famously put to use by Yale University's law school to demonstrate the fallibility of circumstantial evidence.

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