“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.”



What I took for a short story collection is actually one story and the slipper and problems are cases, investigated by socialite Violet Strange. I was pleasantly surprised by this author, I had no idea that she inspired authors like Arthur Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie.

The protagonist of the story is a young Violet Strange who is in want of money, personally earned for something special which is not revealed until near the end of the story. Violet is hired by a private detective to assist in cases that has law enforcement baffled, she has a unique ability to look at a case with a different perspective.

I thought the different cases given her to solve were excellent and I thoroughly enjoyed the mysteries with all their twists and turns and some surprise outcomes. I highly recommend this short read and look forward to reading more from this author.


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Diana Long

Added 27th May 2020

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