That Affair Next Door and Lost Man’s Lane

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Duke University Press, Oct 17, 2003 - Fiction - 445 pages
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Anna Katharine Green was the most famous and prolific writer of detective fiction in the United States prior to Dashiell Hammett. Her first novel, The Leavenworth Case, was the bestseller of 1878. Green is credited with a number of “firsts” within the mystery genre, including the gentleman murdered as he makes out his will and the icicle as murder weapon. She created the first female detectives in American fiction. Her amateur spinster sleuth, Amelia Butterworth, became the prototype for numerous women detectives to follow, including Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple. Nosy, opinionated, and tenacious, Amelia Butterworth engages in a sustained rivalry with Ebenezer Gryce, a police detective. In the interaction between these characters, Green developed two more conventions adopted by future generations of mystery writers: the investigation as battle between the sexes and between the professional and the unexpectedly sharp, observant amateur. This volume presents two of Green’s Amelia Butterworth tales: That Affair Next Door (1897) and Lost Man’s Lane (1898).

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Review: That Affair Next Door and Lost Man's Lane (Amelia Butterworth #1-2 omnibus)

User Review  - Vickie Booth - Goodreads

I read lost mans Lane on an audiobook fromLibrivox I did not read the affair next door. The only way I could review of this book was to enter the above category. No deception was intended. This was a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Cleo - Goodreads

That Affair Next Door: I read The Leavenworth Case not too long ago, and loved it. Anna Katharine Green was the forerunner of Agatha Christie, and her less-known mysteries are brilliant. Also in the ... Read full review

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Anna Katharine Green (1846–1935) was a well-reviewed and commercially successful author of detective novels. She wrote thirty-four novels and four collections of stories.

Catherine Ross Nickerson is Associate Professor of English at Emory University. She is the author of The Web of Iniquity: Early Detective Fiction by American Women, also published by Duke University Press.

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