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A Difficult Problem 1900   By: (1846-1935)

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A Difficult Problem 1900 by Anna Katharine Green is a masterful piece of detective fiction that keeps readers on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. Set in the late 19th century, the story follows the brilliant detective, Mr. Gryce, as he unravels a series of perplexing murders.

Green's writing style is engrossing, capturing the essence of the time period and immersing readers in the story's atmosphere. Her attention to detail is impeccable, creating richly textured settings and believable characters. Each scene is masterfully crafted, and the reader can vividly imagine themselves in the moody streets of New York City or inside dimly lit drawing rooms where secrets are whispered.

The plot itself is captivating, filled with unexpected twists and turns that keep readers guessing until the last page. Green skillfully weaves together a complex web of clues, alibis, and red herrings that challenge both the protagonist and the reader's own deductive skills. The pacing is perfect, as the story gradually unfolds, allowing readers to become fully immersed in the investigations.

Mr. Gryce is a fascinating character, a brilliant detective with sharp wit and a relentless drive to solve every mystery that crosses his path. His attention to detail and ability to read people make him an engaging protagonist, and the reader becomes invested in his quest to solve the difficult problem presented in the book. Green portrays Gryce's intelligence and intuition with finesse, making him a formidable force in the world of crime-solving.

What sets this novel apart from others in the detective fiction genre is the author's keen insight into human nature. Anna Katharine Green explores themes such as greed, ambition, and obsession, painting a realistic portrait of human frailties and motivations. The characters are multi-dimensional, with their flaws and virtues perfectly balanced, making them relatable and intriguing.

While A Difficult Problem 1900 is a compelling read, there are moments when the pacing slows down slightly, and the intricacies of the mystery may become overwhelming for some readers. However, these minor flaws do not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

In conclusion, A Difficult Problem 1900 is a beautifully written and captivating detective novel that will satisfy fans of the genre. Anna Katharine Green's impeccable attention to detail, well-crafted plot, and complex characters make this a must-read for anyone who enjoys a good mystery.

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By Anna Katharine Green (Mrs. Charles Rohlfs)

Copyright The F. M. Lupton Publishing Company. 1900

"A LADY to see you, sir."

I looked up and was at once impressed by the grace and beauty of the person thus introduced to me.

"Is there anything I can do to serve you?" I asked, rising.

She cast me a child like look full of trust and candor as she seated herself in the chair I pointed out to her.

"I believe so, I hope so," she earnestly assured me. "I I am in great trouble. I have just lost my husband but it is not that. It is the slip of paper I found on my dresser, and which which "

She was trembling violently and her words were fast becoming incoherent. I calmed her and asked her to relate her story just as it had happened; and after a few minutes of silent struggle she succeeded in collecting herself sufficiently to respond with some degree of connection and self possession.

"I have been married six months. My name is Lucy Holmes. For the last few weeks my husband and myself have been living in an apartment house on Fifty ninth Street, and as we had not a care in the world, we were very happy till Mr. Holmes was called away on business to Philadelphia. This was two weeks ago. Five days later I received an affectionate letter from him, in which he promised to come back the next day; and the news so delighted me that I accepted an invitation to the theater from some intimate friends of ours... Continue reading book >>

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