The Leavenworth Case by Anna Katharine Green
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
As a fan of Agatha Christie, and knowing that this was one of her favorite mysteries, I chose to read it.
Beginning with the murder of their uncle, the story centers on the two nieces who lived with him and their possible connection as suspects. Only one of them is the heiress to his fortune which makes her the logical choice. Set in New York around the early 1900's, the book is tightly written to reflect the manners and proprieties of the time, giving the reading delightful prose for thought.
Solving the case requires the investigation of why the housemaid, Hannah, was made to flee the night of the murder and where she was found.
I enjoyed the book and did not guess the ending. I am always amazed at the talent required to formulate and draw out a mystery to it's conclusion. This one is quite well done.
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