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Sunday, April 19, 2020

That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green Poisoned Pen Press

When Miss Amelia Butterworth finds a dead lady next door, she decides to investigate, and finds herself emotionally involved in the affairs of the wealthy and mysterious family next door.  Her investigation leads her into interesting paths, but she finds herself up against the sarcastic and irritating Detective Ebenezer Gryce who seems determined to block her inquiries.

This was an enjoyable detective story, although rather wordy compared with today's mysteries. Amelia is snobbish, proud and rather pleased with herself, but likeable and I certainly wanted her to outwit the annoying Gryce. The mystery is reasonably complicated, but I liked the way that Amelia kept writing her reasoning down and employing logic to solve it. Some readers may be a bit shocked by Amelia's racism, but it wouldn't have been unusual at the time when this early detective story was written.

I will definitely read more books by Anna Katharine Green.

I received this free ebook from NetGalley  in return for an honest review.

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