Anna Katharine Green
- Title: The Golden Slipper and Other Problems for Violet Strange
- Author: Anna Katharine Green
- ISBN: 9781406557428
- Page: 423
- Format: Paperback
A daring debutante solves the crimes of upper crust Manhattan in this groundbreaking story collection from the queen of American mystery Violet Strange has a secret A vivacious socialite, she is one of the most sought after women in New York as a private investigator Between well heeled excursions to the opera and fabulous dinner parties, Violet uses her lively charms toA daring debutante solves the crimes of upper crust Manhattan in this groundbreaking story collection from the queen of American mystery Violet Strange has a secret A vivacious socialite, she is one of the most sought after women in New York as a private investigator Between well heeled excursions to the opera and fabulous dinner parties, Violet uses her lively charms to investigate the dark side of Gilded Age society From the daughter of an important businessman accused of theft on a grand scale, to the suspected murder suicide of the husband and child of a society woman, to the lost will of a financier whose death greatly affected the money market, Violet expertly sleuths out hidden clues, all the while protecting her secret identity But the greatest puzzle of all may be what compels Miss Strange to undertake this outlandish work in the first place, and what it may afford or cost her in the end Originally published in 1915, The Golden Slipper is the debut entry in the Violet Strange series, often credited as first in the famed girl detectives mystery genre This ebook has been professionally proofread to ensure accuracy and readability on all devices.
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It's only after reading all these short mystery stories that the full force of the titles hit you. I don't know which was the worst, but I think perhaps The Doctor, His Wife, and The Clock was the most awful of them. Or was it Missing Page 13? No, it was The Second Bullet. Anyway, here's a brief review of each story. The Golden Slipper Three Stars This was the mildest of the whole lot, focusing on a society family and a hidden thief among a group of friends. A golden slipper is the only clue tha [...]
The Golden Slipper & Other Problems for Violet Strange (1915) is a collection of stories by Anna Katharine Green featuring an early edition of that familiar figure, the "girl detective." Violet Strange is a pretty young debutante with a wealthy father and the spare time to secretly investigate various matters within her social sphere. As becomes a young lady of her station, she is almost always pulled reluctantly into the situation--particularly if there is any bloodshed or violence involved [...]
I really enjoyed this book, more a series of classic short mysteries. Violet Strange is a turn-of-the-century New York socialite. As she solves increasingly high-stakes mysteries among her set, the reader also gradually picks up clues as to why she would risk her own reputation to act as a detective. Highly recommended for the vintage mystery fan.
My interest in Anna Katherine Green was piqued by a survey of women detective fiction writers, and this set of linked short stories featuring detective Violet Strange was available free on the web, so I took the opportunity to read through it. Although this book was published in 1915 and is set contemporaneously with that, I was actually taken aback a little every time an automobile or a telephone was mentioned, so thoroughly nineteenth-century did the rest of Green's world seem. I was intrigued [...]
This novel is a collection of short stories where each story is a description of one of Violet' s (the female detective narrator) cases. They take place in early 20th century New York. I found the mysteries very clunky. They were completely unsolvable on the part of the reader because a lot of the information needed to solve the mystery is known by the narrator Violet but held back from the reader. The book showcases one of the first fictional female detectives so I can appreciate these stories [...]
Is this the first instance of the girl detective? A collection of short stories featuring Violet Strange, a well to do girl who for some reason is called in every so often to help solve crimes. Violet is a bit of a cipher, we do not know why she is solving crimes, only getting vague hints every so often that her father would not approve of this work. The final story reveals this information, but it is rather anti-climatic. The stories tend toward the melodramatic, and her method for solving crim [...]
I do so appreciate the role of the Internet in keeping alive many old books and series. This book is one I would probably have never found if it hadn't been issued as an ebook. I value it as much for the glimpse of life for a New York socialite of a century ago as for the detective puzzles. Not often you run across a detective that has to have her brother accompany her on cases in order to observe the proprieties.
Different from other detective stories, though I couldn't at first put my finger on how. These were unexpectedly macabre (for the sleuth, but also for the reader!), but very well done in every case, and the familiar setting (NYC, if a century ago) was a plus. Distinctly interesting, in the genuine meaning of the word.And the last story provided a sort of closure that I didn't realize I'd wanted until it was offered to me. Bravo!
Although I liked this far more by the end than I thought I was going to initially, it feels more like something that I appreciate as an aficionado of detective fiction than something I actually enjoyed as a reader. I appreciate the historical significance of it and some of the puzzlers were real corkers, but Ms. Violet Strange is a difficult character to really love, I think.
This is a vintage mystery collection of Violet Stranges' cases written by the author who supposedly inspired Agatha Christie. It was fun to read about this spunky, intelligent New York socialite who takes on some grisly cases. It is set in the early 1900's. When finished, it made me want to read more to find out what happens to Violet.
Made it through two cases and gave up. Despised the protagonist though should probably like her more given she's probably the first of her kind (intelligent female detectives) and it's opening up the opportunities for later authors. It's like telling me to like Hedda Gabler for her symbolic role in literature. I can appreciate the symbolic role but that won't make me like the work any more.
Read so far:THE GOLDEN SLIPPER --THE SECOND BULLET --4AN INTANGIBLE CLUE --THE GROTTO SPECTRE --THE DREAMING LADY --THE HOUSE OF CLOCKS --THE DOCTOR, HIS WIFE, AND THE CLOCK --MISSING: PAGE THIRTEEN --VIOLET'S OWN --
Violet Strange, a society girl, solves difficult problems for a private detective on a case by case basis. Short and petite, Violet Strange has a keen intellect and intuition that surprises most of the people she works for. This collection of mysteries is set in the 1910's.
Not crazy about these. I didn't like the main character, Violet Strange, and the whole thing was really dated.
Diminutive society debutante solves crimes/mysteries and the final story tells the reason she risks her Father's wrath to do so.
A set of short mysteries starring Violet Strange, a socialite whose vivacious manner hides her true calling as a detective. Some of the stories were surprisingly grim.
New York socialite-cum-detective Violet Strange probes four rich women suspected of multiple thefts. Stars Teresa Gallagher.Broadcast on:BBC Radio 7, 11:15am Wednesday 16th December 2009
I continue ranging through the Girl Detective genre, with this book dating to 1915 and representing what seems to be the invention of the concept. Violet Strange is a young upper class socialite who has a side job solving mysteries. The book is a series of shorter stories, roughly interconnected, with an ending that ties up the loose ends and fills in the back story. I enjoyed reading most of the stories, although a lot of the time the mystery or puzzle seemed to resolve itself either because Vi [...]
Violet Strange is asked to save the reputation of Alicia Driscoll. Every party or event Alicia and her four friends attend usually ends with an article of value missing. While anonymously returned shortly thereafter, rumors have swept through their society with the focus of suspicion falling on Alicia. The quality of writing is impeccable, but I found it all to be trying. Nothing seemed settled. The whole mystery could’ve been more interesting. Not enthused. 3.5 out of 5.
Strange but interesting stories. This book includes the following stories of Violet Strange: The Golden Slipper; The Second Bullet' An Intangible Clue' The Grotto Spectre; The Dreaming Lady; The House of Clocks, The Doctor, His Wife and the Clock; Missing Page Thirteen; Violet's Own.
3.5 starsThe best story was the last - the big reveal about her motives.
This book was a delight to read. I recommend if you enjoy late 19th and early 20th century fiction.
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